For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing, it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
God loved us so much that he sent His Son Jesus to be the final sacrifice for our sins. By doing so, Jesus made us right with God and gave us the gift of eternal salvation through faith. Our faith in Christ comes from the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. The whole process of eternal life is simple–God’s gift of grace to us.
Mrs. Kruse’s seventh grade class has spent time digging deeper into this scripture passage through Bible study, memory work and creating their own faith seal. First, the students wrote the scripture verse. Then, in groups, they created a song and/or actions to go with the verse. Finally, they shared the verse from memory. In addition, the students dove deeper into scripture to determine the context of Ephesians 2:8-9 and find related scripture passages to help in understanding the key concepts in the passage such as “saved”, “grace”, “faith”, “gift” and “works”. The students also studied how Martin Luther used this passage in his ministry to point out inaccuracies in the doctrine and traditions of the church during his life. Students continued by reviewing Luther’s seal and explanation and then created their own faith seal and explanation. Throughout the school year, the students will continue to study God’s Word and Luther’s Small Catechism and through the work of the Holy Spirit grow in their faith so that they too can be a witness of God’s saving grace through faith in Christ to all.
By: Mrs. Laura Kruse, NBCT