This week I am at Recharge in Southern California with Wesley! I had a really unique opportunity yesterday to teach a group of teens and preteens. I was challenged with this task...on lesson, one day for 45 minutes...what do you teach a group of Christian students if you only have one lesson?
In Ephesians chapter 3 Paul uses the word "mystery" 4 times in the first 10 verses. Paul says there is this amazing mystery that God has withheld for generations that He has left me with the responsibility of feeling you about. This mystery that Paul is referring to is defined for us in verse 6. "This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus." The mystery here is the CHURCH! Paul continues to tell us about this mystery and says that not even the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places knew about this part of His plan (verse 10).
I had one lesson, one opportunity to share with these students...and I chose this...get ready for it...SATAN DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE CHURCH! God's secret weapon was and is the CHURCH. Did you get that? The church was never revealed until God was ready to unleash it on Satan! So here is what I left those students with and what I leave you with now...LOVE THE CHURCH. God has great plans for the CHURCH and for YOU!