Tonight at Spark we looked at 1 Peter 2:9-10
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
One thing that all Middle School students have in common is that their world is changing. Their friend groups change, their bodies change and their interests change. The things that matter to kids in sixth grade are way different from the things that matter to kids in eighth grade. It can be hard to figure out where you belong.
Some people try to anchor their identity during this time to things that are temporary like friend groups, athletic ability or personal appearance. The problem with this is that inevitably all of these things will change too.
The verse above reminds us of the one solid thing we can belong to that will never change is God. We are a chosen people, which means there is nothing that we can do to lose the love of God. We are a royal priesthood, adopted into God's family and considered equal as a child who was born into a family. We are God's special possesion, so special that he created us and died for us because he loves us.
After Pastor Rich led the group through a large group lesson we split into small groups and gave the students the chance to talk about what it means that they belong to Christ. The verses in the Bible that come before and after this passage reveal that when we are in Christ, we are free to obey God and invite others to become members of the family of God.
After our lesson, we played a game called "Elephant Tag" that went along with the theme of belonging. One student was "it" and when ever they tagged someone, they had to lock arms with that person until a chain started to form. I don't know if the students noticed the analogy, but the game starts off with everyone being an individual and ends with everyone working together in one big group. Check out the pictures below: