From Brokenness to Belonging...

This Sunday i shared the first message in a 4 week series i am doing with my middle schoolers called “UNBROKEN”. The goal is to talk about the ways in which God wants to take His creation from being broken to becoming whole. The first message is entitled From Broken to Belonging. 
We talked about groaning, adoption, and redemption out of Romans 8. Some really great and tangible imagery for our students to grab ahold of.

Groaning :: when we are hurting or broken groaning is our natural response.

Adoption :: taking our broken pieces and putting them into a proper place. Going form broken to belonging, maybe that is what adoption is all about.

Redemption :: The idea that in some way God wants to give value to the garbage of our lives. Redemption is all about God spitting in the mud and helping us see.

Romans 8:22-23 & 28 “For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. And now only creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.” & “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

I was going to use this resource / curriculum [ A World Unbroken ] but decided to save it for another time. They do have a cool work book and things but i think we’ll charge that another time. For now we’ll just dive into some scripture.

{ another post connect to this one will be coming soon... How do you preach on Brokenness when you are broken yourself? }