As children, many of us played “Hide and Seek.” You know the game. One person is IT. The others go and hide. The goal of the game is to keep from being found, and if found, to keep from being caught. So, the people hiding try to run back to base, avoiding being tagged by the person who is IT. I played Hide and Seek for hours as a child. I’m sure you did too. But we’re talking about a child’s game, right?
Well, maybe. But if you are an adult, you may also recognize the word “metaphor.” Hide and Seek, in many ways, is a metaphor for how most of us live our lives, and of how we approach God. We believe God is IT, and our goal is to hide so that we are not found out, then to run back to base without being caught. That is the way we look at God. That is the way we look at other Christians.
Sin does this to us. It gives us a mistaken view of the gospel and causes us to live life in hiding. Even for church goers, we can remain in the dark corners, living in fear and isolation. Afraid we don’t measure up, we either hide, or strive. But the gospel says our measuring up is complete because of the cross. The gospel tells us that through His life and death on the cross, Christ has earned our place with the Father. The gospel tells us our place with the Father is so secure that we are now adopted children in His family, recipients of all the benefits of membership in His family.
In short, the gospel is the radical message that we have been radically accepted by God. This message invites us to come out of the exhausting treadmill of hiding and striving, that we might be awakened to new life in Christ.
We speak of this message often, but what does it practically mean for our lives and relationships? These are questions we all struggle with. Your elders struggle with them, and we know you do too. With that in mind, we have invited our ministry partners, Greg and Stacey Oliver from Awaken to join us for a 6 week Sunday School series entitled “Awaken to Grace.” Beginning this Sunday, and lasting for the next 6 weeks, we will explore the following topics:
- February 19th - Greg and Stacey will share their story of experiencing and being renewed by grace.
- February 26th - Making Sure We’re on the Right Road
- March 5th - Grace for Parenting
- March 12th - Grace for Marriage
- March 19th - Grace for Church Community
- March 26th - Grace for Sexual Struggles
I want to invite you to join us these next 6 weeks, and to make Sunday School a priority in your worship routine. As you come, please know that while our regular youth Sunday School class will continue to meet, you are also welcome to include your High Schoolers in with the adults.
For all of us, regardless of age, let’s stop playing Hide and Seek. Let’s leave the dark corners of isolation as we Awaken to Grace.