06: Priority of the Promise – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: The law serves to reveal God’s character and show our deficiencies, leading us to our acceptance of Christ’s righteousness and our redemption by faith.

[Teaching Plan for Priority of the Promise November 2, 2011]

1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:15-18

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. What is the difference between a contract and a will ( or testament)?

C. Personal Application: How does it make you feel that God’s promises have nothing to do with your promises or performance? Does that mean we shouldn’t be obedient or promise anything?

D. Case Study : One of your relatives states, “If God’s promises, or covenant, was established at His death like a will; then those who say we worship on Sunday in honor of the resurrection as part of the new covenant are trying to add to a will that can’t be changed after His death. Is that true?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Galatians 319-27.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. How and why was the law added because of transgressions?

C. Personal Application: What does it mean to put on Christ? How have you put on Christ?

D. Case Study : One of your friends states, ”Is this schoolmaster speaking of the ceremonial laws that led to Christ, or is this also speaking of the Ten Commandments?” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:28,29.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. How can we in Christ achieve this unity of oneness when society seems to pit male against female, nation against nation, politic against politic?

C. Personal Application: In what ways in our environment are we in danger of losing sight of the truth of the universal call of God to everyone?

D. Case Study : One of your neighbors states, “The Jews are God’s chosen people, and the Christians received grace under the New Testament. But God is watching over Israel and we should continue our alliance and foreign policy with them because God is on their side.” How do you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Galatians 3:16-19.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.

B. Was the law added until Jesus came and then it was no longer needed and was done away with?

C. Personal Application : How important is the law to you in society? Are there times when you feel it is unjust and you could justifiably break it? Are there times when we have justification to break the moral law?

D. Case Study : Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Note: “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149)

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  1. Thank you for such a simple, easy to use teaching plan. It condenses the lesson into small portions that can be taught and understood clearly, while involving the class.

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