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Session 1

Are you longing for a place to belong?

Read: Ephesians 1:1-14

Perhaps it was an athletic team, a special project at work, or the popular crowd at school — we’ve all experienced the feeling of wanting to belong. There is a special feeling that comes from being chosen on purpose.

In Ephesians 1:4-5, Paul explains that God chose us before the creation of the world, and in love, He adopted us as sons and daughters through Jesus Christ. He did all this not because we were good, but because He is good.

Jesus died to take away everyone’s sin. When we accept the gift of salvation, we are not just forgiven. We are predestined — or chosen — as sons and daughters of our heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally! God’s desire for us has always been to be a part of His family and live with Him forever (John 6:35-40). But to experience adoption, we have to make a choice. We can accept salvation and belong, or we can reject Jesus’ message and continue living outside God’s love.

In God’s family, our sins are forgiven and we receive the Holy Spirit to guide us, comfort us, and remind us what Jesus taught us. We get to spend eternity in heaven, and we experience hope and peace here on Earth.

By making Jesus Lord of our lives through salvation, we become part of the ultimate “in” crowd. We belong to God’s family forever!


  • Has there ever been a time when you took God up on the offer to join His family? If so, take some time to thank Him for that today. If not, what’s holding you back?
  • Being a part of a team or group comes with responsibilities. What are some of the responsibilities you think we should have as sons and daughters in God’s family?

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