Ephesians

hotdog.pngAs part of my new year’s resolutions I want to do more to help my students become Biblically literate. In the past most of what we have discussed has been a topical look at the Christian life. (studies on Dating, being a revolution, etc). I think these are important, but sometimes they tend to relegate the Bible to little more than a book of proof texts. So I have resolved to walk through a book of the Bible with my students at least once a year.

I am kicking things off with Ephesians, mainly because I love the language that Paul uses in this book.  

Ephesians 1:7-8 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

God lavished his grace on us. That is such a beautiful picture. On Wednesday I was trying to figure out exactly how to show this idea of lavished and in typical Shane fashion I came up with something gross and messy.

Hot Dogs Lavished with Mustard 

Here is how it played out. I cooked two hotdogs (actually the lovely Mrs. Andrea cooked them for me) and placed them on plates. When time for the game came I asked for two volunteers and then placed the plates on the table. I told them that they would have to eat the dogs without using their hands. Then I squirted a little bit of mustard on each dog. "This is some mustard," I said. Then I poured on a little more and said, "This is enough mustard." After adding even more mustard I said, "This is too much mustard." Finally I emptied the bottle on the dogs covering the buns and much of the plates as well. "This is lavished," I said. Then the two people got to eating.

It is cool to think of the fact that God lavished His grace on us. He didn’t give us just enough grace. He dumped out His grace on us. Whatever you have done, whatever you think is beyond the grace of God, is covered by his lavish grace.  

2 thoughts on “Ephesians

  • January 6, 2007 at 5:25 AM
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    Shane, you’re right. There is not enough expository preaching/teaching out there. That is a great example of lavishing. It might have been more effective had you ripped up pieces of pizza crust (or rolls, remember how you lavished your tray with them), lavished them with mustard, and had them eat those. Just a thought…

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  • December 18, 2007 at 3:59 AM
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    I really liked this example of lavishing! I am going to share your web site with our youth leader – I think he would enjoy reading your work!

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