For this past Sunday evening, we skipped ahead a little in Ephesians. We focused on Ephesians 3:14-21. Using the New Living Translation, our key verse for the night was verse 17, which says:“Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”
The bottom line for lesson was simply that in order to have a strong relationship with Christ, strong roots (or foundation) are a necessity! If we don’t have a strong foundation for our faith, we will end up like the seed in the parable of the sower that Jesus talked about… some of the seed was burned up because it was in shallow soil, and some seed was choked out by weeds. The same thing will happen to our faith if we our shallow and if we allow the cares and temptations of this world get in the way. We encouraged the students to begin to take steps this week to build strong roots in Christ.
As parents/influencers in our students’ lives, we need to take a hard look at how we are helping them build these strong roots. One of the best ways is to model strong faith for them. We need to build strong, deep roots in our relationship with Christ if we hope to influence our students to do the same. Our student ministry is here to help partner with you in this endeavor. We want to give you the tools to have these types of spiritual discussions with your student(s).
For this week, discuss with your student some of the ways you build strength in your relationship with God (Bible study, prayer, serving others, etc). Thank you for allowing us to be in your student’s life. I am so excited for all that the Lord is doing in our ministry!