This lesson seeks to help students understand what it means to follow the Christ who does unexpected things.
Have students work together to see how many of the 10 Commandments they can name. Then have someone look up the 10 Commandments in the Bible (in Exodus 20:1-17). After that, have them rank the Commandments in order of their importance. Students need to be able to give answers for why they put them in the order that they did.
“When Jesus was asked the question of which commandment was the greatest of all commandments, his answer was pretty unexpected. It wasn’t even on God’s Top Ten List. And there were two. Listen to this story…”
Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-40 (Today’s New International Version)
34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36″Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
- How would you have answered the question?
- Why do you think Jesus answered the way that he did? Does it seem unexpected? How do you think they expected him to answer? — How is love so important that all the Law and Prophets hang on it?
- What’s the difference between loving the Lord halfheartedly and loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind?
- What would it look like for someone to love God that way? How would they act? What would they do or not do? Do you know anyone like this? — How would a person who loves God that way be treated at school? At church? On a team? By you? Why?
- Imagine what your life would look like if you loved God that way every day. What would that look like for you?
- What’s the difference between loving your neighbor halfheartedly and loving your neighbor as yourself?
- What would it look like for someone to love their neighbor that way? How would they act? What would they do or not do? Know anyone like this? — How would a person who loves their neighbor that way be treated at school? At church? On a team? Why?
- Imagine the most unlovable person you can think of. How would you love that person as you love yourself?
“How are we doing this week with our 3 simple guides?” [1 Thessalonians 5:16-22] — “Doing No Harm, Doing Good, and Staying In Love With God”