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Bookmark and ShareLesson 2 – April 9From Exalted to Cast Down

Scripture Focus

John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16, 17; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Deuteronomy 8:1-18; Isaiah 14:12-14

Concept

Lucifer had such high ranking in heaven that even his garments were unique. Before his fall from grace, he was considered “perfect.” If we’re not careful, his mistakes could become ours.

Materials Needed

Hand mirror, paper, pencils, a printed copy of Pete Maravich’s story http://www.powertochange.ie/changed/pmaravich.html

Connecting with the Scripture Topic

  1. Sit in a circle. Look in the mirror and say the rhyme, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest one of all?” Then answer, “Me, because…” and give a prideful answer. After everyone has done this, ask, “When you talked about yourself in a boastful way, how did you feel?” Discuss.
  2. Read Pete Maravich’s story to the group. Discuss how his life of pride was destroying him and how Jesus was his answer.

Sharing and Receiving Scripture

  1. We know in advance what Lucifer’s ultimate fate will be. What can we learn from his choices so that we don’t repeat his sins in our lives?
  2. Thought Questions
  3. Read Ezekiel 28:12-19. What privileges did Lucifer have before wickedness was found in him?

    1. He was created perfect (as were all the angels).
    2. He was full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
    3. He peacefully coexisted in the garden of God.
    4. He wore beautiful stones as part of his garment.
    5. He was anointed and ordained by God as a guardian cherub.
    6. Other…

    Reread Ezekiel 28:17 and Deuteronomy 8:1-18. What pitfalls are we warned about in these verses?

    1. Becoming vain if others see us as beautiful or handsome.
    2. Making people feel dumb because we think we are wiser than they are.
    3. Experiencing success and forgetting that it is God who gives us life.
    4. Forgetting to rely on God when we accumulate earthly possessions.
    5. Becoming so proud that we think life is all about “me” instead of all about God and others.
    6. Other…

    Read Isaiah 14:12-14. Lucifer wanted to be God. How might we try to take on the role of God?

    1. By seeking power in the workplace so we can lord it over people, rather than using power to empower.
    2. By choosing a mate based on what pleases us, rather than asking God for guidance.
    3. By amassing riches in order to have more status and power, rather than sharing what we have been given.
    4. By trying to be the boss of our families rather than an equal member.
    5. By thinking we have it all together and therefore have the right to judge others.
    6. Other…

    Read Revelation 12:7-12. Although he was once highly privileged, Lucifer’s reign of terror will end. How?

    1. Even though this war seems to go on forever, we’re promised that it will end someday.
    2. The dragon, Lucifer, and his angels will not be strong enough to win!
    3. Because Jesus will win, salvation will now be completely revealed to those who have chosen it.
    4. Lucifer will never again be able to tempt humanity.
    5. The dragon will ultimately be defeated by blood—the blood of the Lamb.
    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 the larger group when your facilitator says time is up.

  • Option 1: C. S. Lewis said, “A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.” Discuss what this means to a Christian.
  • Option 2: Draw a line down the middle of a piece of paper. In one column, write a list of things that might make us prideful. In the next column, describe how pride could hurt your family, friends, church members, coworkers, etc. If your pride has hurt someone you know, get in touch with that person today and mend the relationship.
  • Option 3: Think of something that can cause a person to become prideful (i.e., beauty, popularity, money, social ranking, educational degrees, etc.). Create a skit for your class showing the harmful way that pride can affect both the prideful person and those around him or her.

Valuing Scripture in Your Life

  1. Make a list of things that cause you to struggle with pride. Now ask yourself where God fits in. If these things are blessings from God, who deserves the glory—God or you? Think of ways that you can be a witness of God’s goodness through these gifts you’ve been given.
  2.  Reflect on Isaiah 53:2-5. Jesus didn’t come to earth in a fanfare of glory or riches or physical beauty. Yet your Savior gave you the best gift you’ll ever receive—the promise of eternal life! Reflect on this generous gift.

Next Week’s Scripture Focus

2 Timothy 3:16,17; Luke 21:36; Genesis 2:15-17, 20-25; 3:6-11,21

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