07: Living Like Christ – lesson Plan
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Key Thought : If follow the example set by Christ, and make Him our pattern; we shall have the same love for others as He has shown for us.

gless07-2014c[Lesson plan for Living Like Christ August 11,2014]

1. Have a volunteer read Luke 10:33-37.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What burdens do we carry when we don’t forgive others? How can we learn to treat everyone with kindness?
c. Personal Application: Think of someone who has treated you in a bad way. How have you treated them in return? Share your experience and thoughts.
d. Case Study: One of your relatives states: “I’ll help someone if they need help, but only if it’s convenient. I don’t want to use up all my time, gas, or money helping someone without being reimbursed. They need help, they can take care of my expenses.” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Matthew 25:41-45.

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
b. How safe is it to bring a stranger into your home? How can you be hospitable and yet protect your family and possessions?
c. Personal Application: Share a time when you were in desperate need of help and someone came to your aid. What did that help mean to you in that experience? Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Well, I know I have a place in heaven. I’ve worked at the Dorcas Center for years, helped out at the soup kitchen, helped with clothes and food for the homeless, and just am always helping people. I’ve certainly earned enough brownie points by now.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

3. Have a volunteer read Luke 6:27,28.

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
b. What part does praying for your enemies play in your restoration process in being right with God?
c. Personal Application: It is easier to want vengeance or justice rather than show love and forgiveness to those who are truly our enemies. Have you forgiven all your enemies? Can we live and love like Jesus if we haven’t? Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study: One of your friends states, “How do we mingle with the poor and downtrodden? Aren’t we mostly isolated from that element of society? We don’t usually just go hang out with the outcasts of society. What are we supposed to do?” How would you respond to your friend?

4. Have a volunteer read John 15:10-12.

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
b. The word love has been abused and misused so much. How do we show that we have agape love for one another?
c. Personal Application: If it came down to it, how many people are you willing to die for, to take a bullet for, to step in the path of death in their stead? 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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