11: The Apostles and the Law – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought: The apostles made no mention of the law being changed. They mention that grace that comes through Christ compels us to obey the law.

gless11-2014b[Lesson Plan for The Apostles and the Law June 9,2014]

1. Have a volunteer read 1 Peter 2:9-15.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why does Peter tell Christians to submit ourselves to every law of man?
c. Personal Application: How does obeying man’s law and God’s law help bring forth promises to God? Can a Christian glorify God by being disobedient to His law? Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study: One of your relatives states: “The only difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is that the Christian has accepted Christ as their Savior. All people behave, think, and act the same; the difference is in the name only. There are a lot of good people who aren’t Christians.” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read John 15:5-10.

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
b. What kind of fruit is Jesus talking about His disciples bearing? Is He speaking of winning souls to Christ or manifesting the fruits of the Spirit in the life?
c. Personal Application: How do we “abide” in Christ so that we are not cast forth as a branch? How do we stay connected with Him? Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Keeping the commandments is legalism. We are to follow the new law of love like Jesus commanded us. Love is the law we are to obey now, not some antiquated commandments.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

3. Have a volunteer read James 2:2-10.

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
b. How is being a respecter of persons a sin in breaking the Ten Commandments?
c. Personal Application: How do you respond to the rich or famous people? Have you ever name dropped because you know or met someone of note? Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study: One of your friends states, “God promises to bless those who follow Him with prosperity. Most poor people are poor because of either their bad choices or the bad choices of their parents. Why shouldn’t we honor and respect those whom God has blessed?” How would you respond to your friend?

4. Have a volunteer read Jude 4-7.

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
b. How have people snuck into the church and turned God’s grace into sexual immorality and perverseness?
c. Personal Application: How do we respond to those who have promoted the idea of those going after strange flesh were born that way and is a natural response in nature? Share your thoughts.
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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