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Lesson for September 6th, 2014

The Law of God

Scripture Focus

Matthew 5:17-19; 5:21-44; 5:31, 32; 19:16-22; Mark 7:9-13; John 14:15; Romans 10:3; 8:3, 4


There is much more to “the Law” than obedience.

Materials Needed

Random objects of various sizes and weights

Connecting with the Scripture Topic

  1. Prove the importance of the law of gravity by dropping, rolling, or tossing the various objects. What would happen if the law of gravity wasn’t consistent? Why is it important that the law of gravity does not change?
  2. It’s time to share stories. Tell your group about a time when obeying the law kept you safe. If time permits and you want to go deeper, share about a time when you disobeyed the law and were somehow hurt.

Sharing and Receiving Scripture

  1. If there is no law, no designer, and no higher power, we are operating on the principle of randomness. How does that make you feel?
  2. Thought Questions

Read Romans 10:3. Where does our motive for obeying the law come from?

  1. Fear—if we don’t obey it, we’re doomed.
  2. It’s self-directed—we muster up our own strength to obey because we know that we should.
  3. Knowledge or experience—we’ve learned that obedience is the best way to live happily.
  4. Advancement—we all want the final reward: eternal life.
  5. Faith in someone or something—we obey because we believe that God knows what’s best for us.
  6. Other...

Read Romans 8:3, 4. According to Paul, what is the use of the law?

  1. The law is powerless to save us. This is hard for some people to accept.
  2. The law tells us how to live.
  3. The law condemns sin but not the sinner.
  4. The law is negative and useless.
  5. Jesus came to meet the requirements of the law so we wouldn’t have to.
  6. Other…

Read Matthew 5:31, 32. Is the law helpful or hurtful?

  1. Divorce is destructive; we need to obey the law concerning divorce.
  2. The law is not the problem; the law is meant to protect the innocent.
  3. The law is more than an act—it’s what’s in our hearts.
  4. The law is a list of rules that are impossible to keep. What hope do we have?
  5. Other…

Read Matthew 5:17. Did the law kill Jesus?

  1. No, lawyers killed Jesus.
  2. Jesus was not killed by humans. Jesus chose to die so we wouldn’t have to.
  3. I don’t know, but the law is certainly killing me!
  4. It was Jesus’ intent to show the law’s importance and to fulfill it, not to be killed by it.
  5. The word “law” is scary to me. Help!
  6. Other…

Applying the Message of Scripture

Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says time is up.

  • Option 1: Tell the group about a time when you were frustrated with legalists or people who focused their discussions on the law. What bothered you most? How did you feel afterward? What can you do if you’re in that situation again?
  • Option 2: Discuss what the world would be like if God had never given a law. What would our homes be like? What would society be like? Does this make you thankful for the law or do you still feel that it’s too strict?
  • Option 3: Suppose a friend or neighbor said to you, “I heard that you’re an Adventist. Does that mean you strictly keep the law?” What would your answer be? Would it leave him or her wanting to know more about your beliefs or would he or she run and hide?

Valuing Scripture in Your Life

  1. If the law is the character of God, what is your God like? Do you like your view of God? If you don’t, commit to searching your Bible and praying that God’s true character will be revealed to you.
  2. In John 14:15, Jesus said, “ ‘If you love Me, keep my commandments.’ ” Why do you keep God’s commandments? If you don’t keep them out of love, then you’re not keeping them for the reason that really matters to God. To keep the commandments out of love, you must first have a friendship with Jesus.

Next Week's Scripture Focus

Mark 2:27, 28; Matthew 11:28, 29; 12:1-5; 12:7, 8; 19:1-22; 24:20; Hebrews 4:10; Luke 4:16-21; John 5:16, 17

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