Vertical Students Tonight — March 3, 2019

We are ONE

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One of the major themes of Ephesians is the church’s UNITY in Christ, and that’s exactly what Paul addresses in Ephesians 2:11-22.

Announcements

On March 17, we’ll be having our next PARTY NIGHT. Party nights are a way for us to break up the usual routine on Sunday nights and have a themed night of fun together. It’s an easy on-ramp for new students as well, so we always encourage our students to invite their friends! The theme for this party night is St. Patrick’s Day — so we’ll be going all out in GREEN, playing some competition games, and MAYBE enjoying an-all-you-can-eat Lucky Charms buffet…

More on this to come, but we wanted to get it on your radar!

Now for TONIGHT:

What We’re Teaching

Community helps us understand our identity. The people we spend time with and the family we grow up in shape us as people. The same is true of our identity in Christ. Paul looks at how the Gentiles were brought into God’s family and how that makes us all ONE in Christ.

This reality breaks down pride, hate, and discrimination. Both Jews and non-Jews have access to God through Christ. Tonight, we want students to see that Jesus makes us both ONE with God, and ONE with each other.

Parent Connection

How does the gospel address issues like racism, prejudice and arrogance towards people who are different than you? Paul addresses the pride of the Jews who looked down on the Gentiles because of their “uncircumcision” (see Ephesians 2:11), but the reality is we ALL are separated from God because of our sin.

Almost every form of “-ism” in our society (racism, classism, sexism) can all be attributed to a lack of understanding of this principle. These aren’t “political” issues, but people issues — ones that the Bible speaks clearly to and issues we need to have answers for as Christ-followers. The reality is, we ALL are equally lost without Christ, but the GOOD NEWS is we ALL can have equal standing with God because of Christ.

Here are some prompts to ask your student this week

  • Where do you see brokenness in our world today? Why do you think we have problems like racism or sexism in our society?

  • How do you think God wants our family to be a part of solving that problem? How can we bring healing as a family to our broken world?

Thanks for leaning into these hard conversations with your students — we believe discipleship starts at home (see Deut. 6) and every time you engage your student’s spiritual walk, you’re helping them take steps towards Jesus, even in little ways you’ll never see!

I’m rooting for you and praying for you!