Bible Lesson of the Week: Discovering Peace


            The second semester is off and running here at Fortress YDC. Yesterday we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and this week, our students are learning about his character and contribution to the civil rights movement.
            Dr. King was a man who advocated for peaceful resistance against the idea of segregation and overall inequality for African Americans.  In a letter written while in prison in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. King wrote, “I am compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town . . . injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  Dr. King’s dream was to unify all people no matter what their skin color and to see everyone in the United States living together in peace.
            Likewise, the apostle Paul wrote and preached about Jesus and his desire to unite both Jews and Gentiles in the kingdom of heaven.  Writing from a prison in Rome to the church of Ephesus, Paul writes, “For he himself is our peace, who has made two groups one and has destroyed the barrier . . . His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace.”  Paul believed that the ultimate way to achieve peace was to put faith in Jesus Christ.
            This week our hope is that our kids see men like the apostle Paul and Dr. King as examples of men who demonstrated and advocated for peace in the same way that Jesus Christ did between Jews and Gentiles.  It’s the ultimate discovery of this peace from knowing and following Christ that can allow us to be successful in anything that we dream to accomplish.

Additional Resources:
http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

Scripture Passages:
Ephesians 2:11-22, Matthew 5:9, Psalm 29:11, Psalm 34:14