Esther: A Self-Sacrificing Queen

Focus Text: Esther 4:7-14; 5:1-4; 8:3-6

Central Truth: The course of history can be changed by one godly person.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list ways they can change their world.

Lesson Outline:

I. God's People Tested (Esther 4:7-14)

II. God's Plan Accepted (Esther 5:1-4)

III. God's Purpose Fulfilled (Esther 8:3-8)

Hannah: A Consecrated Mother

Focus Text: 1 Samuel 1:9-17, 24-28

Central Truth: The surrendered life will realize God's blessing.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list some ways to demonstrate that all they have is consecrated to God.

Lesson Outline:

I. A Prayer of Desperation (1 Sam. 1:9-13)

II. A Devout Spirit (1 Sam. 1:14-17)

III. A Vow Kept (1 Sam. 1:24-28)

The Fulfillment of the Passover

In "Word Focus" Darrell Grim writes:

The Rabbinical customs prescribed that after the passing of the cup, the head of the group was to rise and wash his hands. It was probably at this point that Christ rose from the table. However, He departed from the traditional hand washing and adapted it to foot washing. Christ was injecting a very practical and relevant principle into the liturgical humdrum that was a part of the Jewish feasts. He was, throughout this feast, transforming it from the Paschal meal to the Eucharist. He was the fulfillment of all that the Paschal meal represented.

Discussion: What are other similarities and differences we see between the Passover feast and the Last Supper?

Source: Jesus, Son of God: Adult Teacher's Insights, page 46.

Christ’s Death Explained

Lesson 2 - March 13, 2016

Focus Text: John 12:20-36

Central Truth: Christ willingly gave His life for our sake.

Objective: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to explain why Christ had to die in order that we might live.

Lesson Outline:

  1. The Principle Behind Christ's Death (John 12:20-26)
  2. The Purpose of Christ's Death (John 12:27-32)
  3. The Problem of Christ's Death (John 12:33-36)