08: With the Rich and Famous – Lesson Plan
avatar

gless08

Key Thought : Materialistic persons, rich or poor, cannot serve God and money. We cannot allow the deceitfulness of riches to draw us away from Christ.

[Lesson plan for With the Rich and Famous February 17, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read I Timothy 6:10.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why or how does the love of money cause many to depart from the faith?
c. Personal Application: What [...]

Would Jesus Hang Out With Gay People Too?
avatar

http://www.goodsalt.com/details/lwjas0525.html?r=ssnet

Would Jesus hang out with homosexuals? Is there a way we can know?1

We know that Jesus associated with the outcasts of his day. Luke 15:1-2 is very clear that he not only associated with tax collectors and sinners, he ate with them. He went to their dinner parties (Matt 11: 19) to such an extent he was called a glutton and winebibber.

Image © Lars Justinen from GoodSalt.com

Not only that, but at one of the parties he accepted and defended [...]

07: Jesus and the Social Outcasts – Hit the Mark
avatar

We interrupt this week’s lesson discussion to bring you breaking news out of Jerusalem. Jesus has just concluded a major speech dealing with the volatile topic of race relations between the Jews and the Samaritans. What started out as a discourse on the process of salvation turned into what can only be described as a watershed moment dealing with the makeup of our society.

As many of you know there has been a lot of debate in [...]

07: Jesus and the Social Outcasts – Lesson Plan
avatar

gless07

Key Thought : From God’s perspective, every human being is of infinite worth. Everyone deserves as much mercy, respect, and kindness as possible.

[Lesson plan for Jesus and the Social Outcasts February 10, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Luke 15:1-7.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What does this passage reveal about Christ’s attitude toward social outcasts?
c. Personal Application: What kind of attitude do we have toward those [...]

06: Discipling the ‘Ordinary’ – Thought Starters
avatar

Image © Pacific Press from GoodSalt.com

[Thought questions for Discipling the "ordinary" February 5, 2014]

Image © Pacific Press from GoodSalt.com

1. The great equalizer. How hard should we work to bring the wealthy, the influential, the highly educated into our fellowship? If we are all equal in Christ, doesn’t that equality extend to powerful politicians and brilliant scientists? Or is it our mission to disregard the highly placed and focus on the lowly of spirit or, in our lesson’s terminology, the “ordinary”? Can we dare leave anyone [...]

06: Discipling the “Ordinary” – Hit the Mark
avatar

The word of the day is Potential. Everyone has potential. No one can decide what its limits are. Only God knows. And we must try to develop potential; not just in ourselves but also in those we serve. Potential.

“In the common walks of life there is many a man patiently treading the round of daily toil, unconscious that he possesses powers which, if called into action, would raise him to an equality with the world’s most honored men. The touch [...]

06: Discipling the Ordinary – Lesson Plan
avatar

gless06

Key Thought : People who know their limitations and trust God for guidance can accomplish extraordinary things for Him.

[Lesson plan for Discipling the "Ordinary" February 3, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Luke 2:21-24.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why did Jesus’ parents offer two turtle doves rather than a lamb or bullock for His purification?
c. Personal Application: What hindered you from accepting Christ and living the [...]

05: Discipling the Sick – Thought Starters
avatar

Image © Lars Justinen from GoodSalt.com

[Thought questions for Discipling the Sick January 29, 2014]

Image © Lars Justinen from GoodSalt.com

1. Health and healing. How important was the healing ministry in earthly Jesus’ life? We’re told that Jesus spent more time healing than preaching. Was that a wise distribution of His power and love? Why? Should we as His followers and friends, spend more effort than we do in ministering to the frail? the sick? the weak? the fearful? How can we expand our efforts to [...]