Here at XP3 Students, we work really hard to translate the truth of God’s Word in creative, fresh and applicable ways. We love to talk theology and get into the nitty-gritty of Scripture. We strive to present deep biblical truths in clear yet challenging ways to help students wrestle through the sometimes perplexing stories they encounter in Scripture. But every once in awhile we like to keep it simple; to take an idea that students have heard again and again and focus in. And that’s exactly what we’ve done with our featured series for this month, “Blessed.”
Here is a summary of this three-week series:
Think about the last time you heard the word blessed. What came to mind? For many of us—and many of our students—the word blessed conjures up images of the coolest clothes, the newest gadgets and a worry-free life. But when we look at what God has to say about being blessed, we realize that we probably have things pretty mixed up. Because if being blessed is more about our relationships—and what we do with them—than the stuff we have, we may have some re-evaluating to do in order to redefine what it means to be blessed and realize that we might just be more blessed than we originally thought.
This series may seem pretty practical and basic on the surface, but don’t let it fool you. “Blessed” challenges your students to look at their lives—their stuff, their relationships and their day-to-day circumstances—the way Jesus asks us to. And while this seems simple, for most of us this is a completely upside-down way of viewing life. While we may think we know what it means to be “blessed,” this series asks us to rethink what this word means and take an inventory of the blessings that are present in our lives.
So, as summer comes to a close and you get ready to welcome the new school year, we encourage you to take some time to count your blessings. Maybe as you walk through this series with your students, do your own inventory. Sit down with a friend, a spouse or another ministry leader and read through the Beatitudes together. You may even want to read through each week’s small group questions and answer them for yourself before you teach the series. Because all of us, no matter how young or how old, can benefit from some time to pause and reflect on what it means to be truly blessed. We certainly have!