Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Friday, 24 May 2013

My Space - Sharing the Gospel with teens

On Sunday afternoon we'll have our last meeting for the
My Space Bologna club for teens.

We'll have a Rock Solid Bible Study
and we'll close with an Italian BBQ!

This time the Rock Solid theme is:
"I don't deserve this..." and we'll explore the meaning of Grace!

To help kids to understand the meaning of God's Grace to us in Christ, we'll watch clips from the movie "Les Miserables".
We'll look especially at the encounter of Jean Valjean with the Bishop Myriel.
In 1815, convict Jean Valjean is released on parole after serving a nineteen-year sentence for stealing a loaf of bread and numerous escape attempts.
Valjean is driven out of every town, because of his paroled status. He is offered food and shelter by the Bishop Myriel,
but steals his silver during the night.
He is captured by the authorities, but the Bishop informs them that the silver was given as a gift, then gives him even more, securing Valjean's release.
Moved by this expression of grace, Valjean vows to start an honest life helping others under a new identity.

In this way we'll see how: 

Justice is getting what you deserve, 

Mercy is not getting what you deserve (punishment) 

Grace is getting what you absolutely don’t deserve, (unmerited favour)

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ...
For by grace you have been saved through faith. 
And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God"
Ephesians 2:4-8 (ESV)