ONE

My baby girl is an infant, so all she can handle is milk. As she grows older, she’ll need mushy baby food, then eventually she’ll be able to eat solid food.

When you became a Christian, you started out as a spiritual infant and needed spiritual milk.

Love God, love others, and make disciples is the bare basics of what it means to live as a Christian. It is the milk that you must have to be able to grow. However, you shouldn't stay spiritual infants; you need to grow and mature; you need solid spiritual food.

This semester the youth group is going to build up to that solid food. We are taking an in depth look at the book of Ephesians to grow in our spiritual walk. Everything we do is going to revolve around the idea of ONE.


ONE Love

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...Love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:37-39

ONE Hope

Jesus alone is our one hope. He is the redeemer and king of a new humanity and empowers us to follow after him.

ONE Life

There is one person in your life who you can focus on. Live your life in front of them, pray for opportunities to have spiritual conversations, and go out of your way to show them love and kindness; don't just invite them to church, bring them.

ONE Step

Each of us needs to take a step in our faith. Maybe it's accepting Jesus as your lord and savior; maybe you are meant to join the local church. Your one step might be to teach a Bible study or volunteer in one of the ministries of the church. Don't be complacent; continue to grow and mature in your faith.


The big idea for ONE comes from Ephesians 4.

Ephesians 4:4-6

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
 

Ephesians summarizes the Gospel and shows how it should reshape everything about our lives.

[For an overview of the book, click here: Read Scripture: Ephesians]

 

Chapters 1-3 explore the grand vision of Jesus as the redeemer and king of a new humanity that is made up of every type of person; every race, color, socioeconomic status is welcome and included in this new humanity.

Chapters 4-6 deal with the character traits, life habits, and moral and relational commitments it’s going to take to live in this new community together.


Join us this semester as we live in the grace of the ONE Love of God. Pray with us as we rely on our ONE Hope in Jesus Christ. Live with us in unity and find the ONE Life who needs the freedom of the gospel. Take ONE Step with us in faith to grow in spiritual maturity.

Amen.

Trey Hathcock - Minister of Students and Media