Overview of Week 2:
One of the great opportunities in this ministry is to see students begin to understand that their faith is their own; it is not contingent on the faith of their parents or their group of friends. However, very once in a while, you will find students taking this new ownership and control of their faith to unhealthy extremes: they begin to believe that the only thing that matters is their relationship with God and that they can ignore the needs of others. Paul points out that, yes, we have freedom in Christ, but that is not an excuse to abuse freedom and to walk around turning a cold shoulder to everyone we know. Students can wind up assuming, “I’m the jerk to everyone I know, but it’s okay because I’ve worked things out with God.” So today we refocused on our call to love our neighbours as ourselves.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.“ – Galatians 5:13-15
God doesn’t need our good works, but the people around us do.