A Judgment of Works

“But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (v. 20).

When I was in eighth grade, we went on a class trip to tour an exhibit on the HMS Titanic. We saw pictures and footage of the building of that great ship, heard stories about the people who booked passage on its voyage, and even walked through life-sized replicas of the rooms. When I made it to the first-class cabin, I noticed the pale mannequin lounging in the corner and quickly went on to study the bed, chairs, clothing, and other curiosities. As I began to walk on down the hallway, a girl in the group behind me screamed. The mannequin had stood up to talk to them!

Of course, it wasn’t a mannequin at all. He was a slender actor who had covered his face and hands with white makeup. No one had looked closely enough to think he was anything other than a mannequin until he moved. The life in his limbs was our first clue that he wasn’t plastic.

These days, people stay awfully busy. We work and volunteer and play hard. As we run from one activity to the next, we rarely have time to notice people around us. Why should we expect anyone, including people not in the family of God, to tell we are Christians if the life in our limbs doesn’t show it? (Michelle D. Avery)

Is there life in your limbs?

Is Life Sacred?

Focus Text: Psalm 139:12-16 Deuteronomy 27:24, 25; Exodus 21:22-25

Central Truth: Only our Creator has the right to determine our life span.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to state why abortion is wrong.

Lesson Outline:

  1. Value of the Unborn (Psalm 139:12-16)
  2. Murder of the Innocent (Deuteronomy 27:24, 25)
  3. Penalty for Murder (Exodus 21:22-25)

What is the Purpose of Life?

Lesson 3 - March 18, 2018

Focus Text: Ecclesiastes 3:1, 9-22; 12:13-14

Central Truth: Our purpose in life is to glorify God.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify way we can glorify God with our lives.

Lesson Outline:

  1. The Order of Life (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
  2. The Gifts of Life (Ecclesiastes 3:9-13)
  3. The Judgment of Life (Ecclesiastes 3:14-22)
  4. The Duty of Life (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

New Life in Christ

Lesson 10 - May 8, 2016

Focus Text: John 15:1-17

Central Truth: We live spiritually through the life Christ gives us.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to name two evidences of the abundant life in Christ.

Lesson Outline:

  1. The Vine and the Branches (John 15:1-6)
  2. The Lord and His Followers (John 15:7-11)
  3. The Believer and Fruit Bearing (John 15:12-17)

The Giver of Life

Lesson 12 - February 21, 2016

Focus Text: John 11:31-44

Central Truth: Jesus is our source of life.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to state ways the understanding that Jesus is the giver of life changes our search for purpose and fulfillment.

Lesson Outline:

  1. Great Need (John 11:1-19)
  2. Great Perplexity (John 11:20-37)
  3. Great Victory (John 11:38-44)

What does a life without purpose look like?

In the comments on John 21: in "Biblical Perspective" Dr. Gayle Woods gives us answers to this question:

Often when we are at a loss to know what to do, we revert to what is most familiar. This was the case with the disciples. The natural leader of the group stated what he was going to do. The others who felt the need for close companionship with those who had faced the same experiences for the past three years stated that they wanted to go along for the trip. These men were professional fishermen and knew the best time and the best places to go to fish. Their hearts were not in their pastime, however, and they continued to work throughout the night without catching any fish. They were tired, frustrated men without a purpose.

Discussion: Why were these men without purpose?

Source: Miracles of Jesus: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 41.