Note to the Teacher
This week’s exploration of living in love focuses on giving thanks, and this passage offers an interesting instruction about giving thanks: it encourages us to sing.
According to the passage, singing as an act of thanksgiving is corporate in nature. We are to sing among ourselves, addressing one another in song. When we sing, we resonate with one another. Singing may be the most desirable form of embodying transformed and transformative communication because we are not called to sing at someone, but sing with someone, to resonate. Singing together allows us to embody and to make present—to realize—the unity to which we are called.
All of that flows out of the filling of the Holy Spirit. The Wesleyan understanding of being filled with the Holy Spirit is a sort of empowerment that occurs when we surrender our lives to the transforming power of God’s love. As we surrender more and more of our life to God, we are transformed more and more, and are empowered to love more and more. It is from that deep well of God’s love that we offer our thanks and praise.
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1. Filling Questions
Assign one person to be the group’s timer and another as the interviewer. The interviewer will ask each student questions from the list below and they will have 30 seconds to answer as many questions as they can.
2. Read Scripture
This scripture passage is shorter than the rest. Consider asking students to read it in a couple of translations.
Read: Ephesians 5:15-20
Before you begin the discussion, take a moment to explain the term being “filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Invite students to spend some time in personal reflection on these questions. After some silent reflection, offer a space for students to share (or not) what they were thinking about:
4. Activity and Discussion:
Take this lesson to the next level by getting students’ whole bodies involved using the activity “My Jar Overflows” from the Youth Worker Collective available at https:/youthworkercollective.com/my-jar-overflows-a-slightly-messy-way-to-explore-ephesians-5/
Close in prayer spending specific time thanking God for things that have happened in the present and past.