Sticky Faith Every Day Week 3: Learning to Receive Grace

Brad M. Griffin

Suddenly it’s the third week of Lent. While we know the thousands of leaders who downloaded our free 8-week Sticky Faith Every Day Curriculum are using it in a variety of ways, we also want to highlight the ways the curriculum can line up with the season of Lent.

Yesterday I was sharing with a group of students and parents together at a church in Huntsville, Alabama. We watched this video about how hard it is to receive grace without treating it like a gift that has strings attached: 



I pulled a few questions from this discussion guide we created for the video, and had parents and students talking together about what it looks like in their families to live graciously toward one another.

One high school senior piped up during the discussion and shared how much it has meant to her that her parents find little ways to encourage their kids, like pointing out a strength or simply speaking a word of blessing before they leave for school in the morning. I love that her experience of grace includes receiving these simple gifts of encouragement from her parents. Free gifts, with no strings attached.

We also looked at the promise Paul shares in Ephesians 2, that we are saved by grace and out of that grace are invited to live a life as God’s handiwork—God’s work of art.

At the beginning of the morning we handed out red strings to each adult and teenager in the room. Later I asked each one to create something new out of that string—something that could remind them to live in gracious ways in their families and other relationships. I love thinking about the potential for strings that bind to become strings that set us free to live out good news in our relationships.

How have you used Sticky Faith Every Day resources, and what are you learning as students engage these themes?


Published Feb 25, 2013
Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Associate Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, blogger, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is also the coauthor of Sticky Faith ​and Deep Justice Journeys. A native Kentucky youth pastor, Brad now lives in Southern California with his wife Missy and their three children.

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