Last nights Bible Study was inspired by New Year’s Resolutions. I have never really understood what the purpose of these was or why people seemed to care so much, but the fact remains that this time of year, people will “commit” to them. We looked in Ephesians 4:17-32 and 5:1-19. We did not cover this completely, but will be an ongoing series for a few weeks. The group that attends on Wednesday nights is usually around 20ish and we have from 6th to 12th grade. Occasionally we divide up if it seems like they will be unruly, but for the most part they are a good group.
The focal point of the lesson was a challenge for the young people to really look at there lives. We never know what tomorrow might bring but we can reflect upon where we have been to better prepare ourselves. I asked the kids not to stress New Year’s Resolutions, but rather reflect upon their christian “standing”, “walk”, or “maturity”. Look at where they were yesterday, last week, last month, and even last year. It was my goal to get them to see that the could have done one of three things…
Progress – Stagnate – Regress
These were my points if you will. When we reflect upon our lives we should be able to say that we are making progress with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Far too often in our christian lives we remain the same, and are content with where we are. There are times when we “back slide” and regress back into old destructive habits.
There is an amazing song by Casting Crowns entitled Slow Fade. I think the song may still be up on there home page now. In the song it talks about how big life changing things rarely just happen out of the blue. There is a process… steps… you get weak in one area of your life, allow the devil to gain a foothold, then it steadily gets worse.
I tried to encourage the kids to take a serious look at their lives and allow the Holy Spirit to make progress in their life.