One thing we’ve been uniting around as an EPIC Team is that the church is the church, gathered or scattered. Gathering physically is an incredible gift; but we’re also grateful for ways to gather virtually while that isn’t possible. (As a reminder: all regular, in-person EPIC gatherings are currently cancelled until further notice.) We firmly believe social distancing doesn’t need to be relational distancing or spiritual distancing. So in this time, we want to stay connected with your student, and give them a few ways to continue engaging with God, us and each other!
Parents – We send out announcements, upcoming events and newsletters to make sure you’re in the loop of everything happening at EPIC.
Use this link: boredonsunday.com/parent-mailing-list/
April 27, 2020
Today’s scripture: Colossians 2:20-31 • Holly
Quote referenced (by Henri Nouwen): *quote was shortened in the video; below is the full quote*
“At issue here is the question: “To whom do I belong? God or to the world?” Many of my daily preoccupations suggest that I belong more to the world than to God. A little criticism makes me angry, and a little rejection makes me depressed. A little praise raises my spirits, and a little success excites me. It takes very little to raise me up or thrust me down. Often I am like a small boat on the ocean, completely at the mercy of its waves. All the time and energy I spend in keeping some kind of balance and preventing myself from being tipped over and drowning shows that my life is mostly a struggle for survival: not a holy struggle, but an anxious struggle resulting from the mistaken idea that it is the world that defines me.
As long as I keep running about asking: “Do you love me? Do you really love me?” I give all power to the voices of the world and put myself in bondage because the world is filled with “ifs.” The world says: “Yes, I love you if you are good-looking, intelligent, and wealthy. I love you if you have a good education, a good job, and good connections. I love you if you produce much, sell much, and buy much.” There are endless “ifs” hidden in the world’s love. These “ifs” enslave me, since it is impossible to respond adequately to all of them. The world’s love is and always will be conditional. As long as I keep looking for my true self in the world of conditional love, I will remain “hooked” to the world-trying, failing,and trying again. It is a world that fosters addictions because what it offers cannot satisfy the deepest craving of my heart.”
April 24, 2020
Today’s scripture: Colossians 2:16-19 • Phil
The God we serve doesn’t require us to follow rituals but instead allows us to choose to be in a relationship where we have the opportunity to encounter the greatest love we will ever know on this earth. We follow him out of reverence not out of requirement.
Questions to engage with:
Song to check out You Hold It All Together by All Sons & Daughters
April 22 2020
Today’s scripture: Colossians 2:13-15 • Kris
Here’s some questions to keep thinking on:
April 17, 2020
Today’s scripture: Colossians 2:2-5 • Holly
A few questions to reflect on…
April 14, 2020
Today’s scripture: Colossians 1:25-27 • Phil
NOTE FROM PHIL:
To start, before you even open the scripture, pray and ask God to speak to you through this text. Ask him to change your heart, and rejuvenate your spirit as you draw near to Him.
Questions to Engage with:
Now that you know that the power of Christ lives in YOU, share with God where you need to find more confidence in Him so that you can receive the strength He has for YOU.
Challenge: Serve someone sacrificially this week. Bring them hand sanitizer, food, toilet paper, or whatever it is you feel God is telling you to do. I’m asking you to do this because in the same way Jesus united the Jews & Gentiles, I think uniting everyone as people starts with trying to serve them by meeting the smallest needs.
So Go, and prayerfully ask Jesus to help you serve your neighbors, friends, family and community around us. AND BE SAFE!