Congratulations to Elle, Carly, and Kara for being confirmed today! I am so proud of y'all!

Our lesson today is about how God chose us, and what that means for our lives. Get ready for good conversation and fun at Virtual Youth Group Tonight! Click the link below for the devotionals this week!

Much love,
To get a little background...
We're going to watch the beginning of this video to understand the context of the book of Ephesians and the verses we are discussing!

Our Scripture for Today:
Ephesians 1:3-6 New International Version (NIV)
Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love  he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—  to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
God has chosen YOU!

We all know how it feels not to be picked. Whether it was when we were the last one to get picked for the team or whether it is a job interview that doesn’t go so well and we don’t get the job. We don’t like not being wanted. We don’t like rejection.

God loves you so much, he chose you. We think about how we are supposed to seek God. But have you ever stopped to think that he is seeking you out as well?

God has a special place in His family for each of us. Ephesians 1:5a says, “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.” God made a choice to take us in, granting us a new start in the wonderful family of God. The Lord took on the responsibilities of a parent — protecting us, providing for us, nurturing us and guiding us.

When we accept Christ as our Savior, we receive all those benefits, along with eternal life. Paul tells us this adoption is God’s desire: “This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure” (Ephesians 1:5b). It gives Him joy to bring us into His family and to love us unconditionally, and to freely give us grace.

You are part of His family, chosen by Him before the foundation of the earth.

The Bible passage said that our adoption was arranged and completed and paid for by Jesus. We didn't do anything to earn or deserve being chosen by God - it's all because of God's grace that is freely given to us!

Jesus gave His life on a cross so that we could be adopted by God. He had to die for us, to pay the price for our sins, so we could join God’s perfect family. How amazing is this gift of God's love and grace?
Reflection Questions
  1. What does it mean to you to be chosen and adopted by God?
  2. Do you ever think about how God freely gives us grace? How is this different from the way the world works?
  3. Even though we can't earn God's grace, what are some ways that we try to "earn" God's grace and love? Why wouldn't this ever work?
  4. How does knowing that God chose you make you view your relationship with Him? Does it make you want to change the way you follow God? If so, how?
  5. How can we better live as adopted children of God this week?