I came across this passage while studying for our talk this weekend in lift _ jhi. We are trying to get them to change their perception, or perhaps form a perception of what church is. We are trying to get them to see that they ARE the church and that they need to be in community.
I love that the book of Hebrews was written to a group of people so obsessed with how people perceived them that they were turning away from the faith. I think that describes the middle school so well. Of course there are many courageous youth that could care less what people think about them, but I think this verse will give them comfort and the boost they need to cast off some behaviors or misconceptions of what it means to follow Christ.
This passage encourages the reader to embark on a messy, adventurous, and interdependent journey. This journey requires community, surrender, dependence, and focus on the living G-d. It’s not for the faint of heart. I’m so glad that I’m journeying with this group of people.
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