Lesson for May 30th, 2015
Jesus, the Master Teacher
Those who followed Jesus didn’t seem to understand His reason for being among them. Jesus’ teaching style relied on stories and miracles to help them understand.
Pack of 3x5 index cards, pens, pencils
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- Who is the one teacher or corporate trainer that stands out in your memory as the best you ever had? On the 3x5 cards you have been given, write one word on each card that describes that individual. You may use as many cards as needed but write only one word on each. The facilitator will collect them and select a few cards to share with the group.
- Reflect on the illustrations, metaphors, and miracles Jesus used on earth. Which example of Jesus’ love for His followers (and now us) is your favorite? Turn to your neighbor and share your answers.
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
- Why did Jesus attract so many followers?
- Thought Questions
Read Luke 4:31-37. If you had been listening to Jesus in the synagogue when someone shouted and disrupted the entire mood of the service, what would have gone through your mind?
- Throw that individual out of here!
- This is going to get ugly.
- I’m leaving.
- I wonder what Jesus will do now?
- I would have marveled at how calm Jesus was the entire time.
Read Luke 8:23-25. In this example of Jesus’ authority, which situations below best indicate how you feel during “storms” in your life?
- There’s a storm in my life right now that needs a miracle.
- Sometimes when I cry out, I wonder if Jesus is sleeping.
- There are times I feel like I’m going to drown if someone doesn’t rescue me.
- My head knows Jesus is always with me, but when I’m afraid, I panic and rely on myself.
- After I come through a difficult time, I realize that Jesus was with me the entire time.
Read Luke 8:19-21. Which one of the following statements best represents your understanding of this passage?
- I am glad that Jesus recognized that family is more than just blood relationships.
- Crowds often aren’t very considerate.
- I cannot imagine how Jesus’ mother felt when put off, not only from getting close to her Son but also when she heard who constituted His family.
- I am a relative of Jesus. Awesome!
- I need to get closer to Jesus.
Read Luke 10:25-37. Which character in Jesus’ story do you identify with?
- I can identify with several of the characters in this story.
- The lawyer, because sometimes I doubt whether or not I will be saved
- I fear I am more like the two who passed by the hurting man.
- I could not have passed by the man without feeling guilty that I didn’t stop to help.
- I identify most with the hurting man who was passed by.
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: Read Luke 6:20-26. Most news channels are full of bad news. Your group has been asked to create a good-news segment to air on TV and stream over the Internet. Using this passage as your guide, create the segment to be aired. Choose someone to write it out on a 3x5 card.
- Option 2: Read Luke 6:27-36. Your group has been asked by your church board to draft strategies for Jesus’ followers in your community to use when they are confronted by someone they consider to be their enemy. Based upon the principles in this passage, write out 3-5 ideas on an index card and share your ideas with your church board at their next meeting.
- Option 3: Read Luke 6:37-42. Pretend your group is working at a counseling center. The HR director of a small corporation has asked your center to help them with a problem they’re having with their employees. The judgmental behavior in and among some departments has reached the crisis point. Using the principles within this passage, write several tips on a 3x5 card that you could share with the HR director in your assessment report.
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- Reflect on what you have just learned from and about the Master Teacher. What one lesson will you, Jesus’ student, put into practice this week?
- Read Deuteronomy 6:5, 6 and meditate on these verses. How will these words guide your thoughts and behavior this week?