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Sunday School Lessons on Right Makes Might Topic Discussion

Few today choose to make a commitment to church ministries that demand persistent presence and active participation. Just ask your minister if there is a surplus of Bible teachers in the congregation. Church leaders sometimes question why few have a commitment to the church’s programs and ministries. The answer is simple; few are truly committed to God. Thus, few are committed to God’s demands for a life of doing right. This quarter’s lessons offer an opportunity to challenge commitment in the learners. Some simple learning activities that run through the quarter of study may be a step in the right direction to “getting back into commitment.”

How Am I Doing?

God’s prophets had a primary task: to call God’s wayward people back to His ways. Consider having your class members maintain a notebook (journal) during this series, a record of their own responses to the truths studied. Make multiple copies of the following form so you can provide one to each student each week. At the end of the first week’s study, introduce the concept by saying, “At the end of the week ahead, sit down and ponder how well you are doing in relationship to the commitment we have studied today”. Fill in the word Justice (the key word in the first week’s lesson title) on the lines marked with an asterisk (*); then write your thoughtful responses in the other spaces.”
When it comes to being committed I rate myself a [Use a scale of 1. “barely noticeable” to 5 for “giving daily evidence.”)
One occasion this week when I gave evidence I am committed to [ blank] was when I[blank] This event or behavior best exemplified such a commitment because it[blank]
One occasion this week when my behavior or words demonstrated a lack of commitment to [blank] was when I [blank]
The verse from this week’s text that has the greatest impact on me is [blank]. The reason for this impact is [blank]
Have students use the same form each week. The key words or themes for the 13 weeks from the lesson titles are (1) justice, (2) God’s ways, (3)true worship, (4) seeking God, (5) God’s requirements, (6) righteousness, (7) hope, (8) account-ability, (9) trusting God, (10) hope even in pain,(11) taking responsibility, (12) returning to God, and (13) doing right.

What Is Lacking?

This weekly journalizing will allow students to confront their own levels of commitment. Ask for volunteers to give candid self-assessments to the class as a whole.
The problems that your students reveal actually may be symptoms of a deeper problem: a lack of knowledge. God’s lament, through the pen of Hosea, was, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). When disciples thoroughly know the person and will of God, commitment should be a by-product. In Simon Peter’s words, “Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).Consider how you can facilitate greater knowledge through memorization of pivotal verses. In the first week of the study, for example tell your students, “I have found some significant thoughts of God in my preparation for this series of studies in the theme of commitment from God’s prophets. So I have committed to learning some of those great ideas by heart.” Then quote, for example, part of Amos 5:15: “Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment.”Offer your class an opportunity to join you in your quest to increase their own knowledge of God as found in the prophets. To this end, you can distribute commitment cards like this:

Dear God,
Thank you for revealing your will through your prophets. I hereby commit to learning at least verses of beauty and challenge during our class’s study this quarter. My prayer is that Your Word will cure my lack of knowledge.
Signed;
Date

Indicate that this commitment activity is strictly a personal matter and that the cards can be carried in one’s Bible. Make suggestions for good verses to memorize. Regularly talking about your own progress will encourage participation.

Jesus Heals 10 Lepers

Luke 17•11-16

As Jesus passed through a certain village, ten lepers waited to meet Him. They had heard He might come that way and hoped that He might heal them. Because they were lepers, they were not allowed to stand near the road. From a distance they called out.

“Jesus! Teacher! Have mercy on us!”They wore hoods over their heads and scarves across their faces. This was so no one would have to look at the awful sores which made them lepers. They begged Jesus to heal them.

Jesus pointed hack to the town.

“Go and show yourselves to the priests.” This was another way of telling the lepers they were healed! Only people who had been healed were supposed to go to the priests.

The men did as Jesus told them. As they walked toward the temple to see the priests, they felt a strange thing happening. Blood tingled through their arms and legs and strange warmth went up and down their backs. One man pulled his sleeve up and saw the skin growing back healthy.

He shouted. “Praise God! Praise the Lord God Almighty! I’ve been healed! I’m all better!”

Then he turned around. As fast as he could, he ran straight back to where Jesus was preaching. He fell at Jesus’ feet and grabbed hold of them.

“Thank You, oh thank You!” He said.

Jesus looked at the man who was singing out his thanks to God.

He said. “But weren’t there ten who were healed, where are the other nine?”Then Jesus told him. “You can go now, your faith has saved you and made you better.”

Why did only one man return? It could be that the other nine did not come back and say thank you for the same reasons people do not thank God today.

Perhaps one leper simply forgot to say thank you and another may have been too shy. Maybe one was too proud. Perhaps another leper was excited about being healed or lost his way and could not find Jesus again. It could be one was too busy, there was lot of living to catch up on.

One leper may not have come back to say thank you because the priest told him he did not have to. This man always did what others told him, without thinking for himself. The seventh leper may not have said thank you because he did not understand what had happened to him. The eighth leper may not have gone back to see Jesus because he simply saw no reason to do so. He had never said thank you to anyone for anything.

Perhaps the last leper wandered away so happy, he hardly noticed where he was going. Only one leper of the ten saw how Jesus heals the whole person. As happens so often, the others took the gift God gave them for granted. God often gives us what we need. How often do we thank Him?

David and Bathsheba

2 Samuel 11:1-26

David and Bathsheba
King David was a very great king because he loved God so much. One day, though, David stopped putting God first in his life.

Instead, he chose to go to bed with a married woman. This was against God’s rules. The woman’s name was Bathsheba. She was the wife of Uriah the Hittite. He was one of David’s most trusted soldiers.

When David found out that Bathsheba was carrying his baby, he felt desperate. All he wanted to do was cover up his wrong.

David had his general send Uriah to where the fighting was the worst. Then the general was supposed to pull the rest of his troops back so Uriah could be killed by the enemy.

When word reached Bathsheba that Uriah had been killed in battle, she cried and cried for many days. She had loved her husband. She felt very hurt by all that had happened.

Some time after Uriah’s death, David sent a message to Bathsheba. He wanted her to become his wife. Bathsheba went to the palace. She married David. A few months later their baby boy was born.

David and Bathsheba may have been glad they had a son, but God was not happy. He knew David had done a wicked thing. David could not hide from God. David had not only taken another man’s wife, he had killed her husband!

So the Lord sent His prophet Nathan to see David. Nathan told David, “The Lord says, because you have done this thing, your sons will fight each other and this child will die.”

David hung his head. The Lord’s words pierced his heart like a sword. He knew God was right. The wrong he had done could never be kept secret from God. David said, “I’m so sorry,Lord. I should never have done this wrong thing.”

The baby did die. But a year later David and Bathsheba had a second son. They named this boy Solomon. He was a very special boy. Solomon had been chosen by God to become the wisest man who ever lived.

Cain and Abel

Genesis 4:1-2

Cain and Abel

After Adam and Eve left Eden, they took care of each other. Soon their first child was born. They named him Cain. Later they had a second little boy. They named him Abel. Cain and Abel helped their parents live in the world outside Eden. There they had to work hard to make sure they had enough to eat.

Cain’s way of helping the family was to grow crops. He looked forward to the rain which watered the seeds he had planted. The grain he grew could be ground into flour for making bread.

Abel’s way of helping the family was to tend to the lambs to make sure the family had enough meat to eat.

One day Cain put together some of the crops he had grown and offered them in an effort to say thank you to God. Abel did the same, but he chose only the best of the fattest of the lambs to give back to God.

God looked at the gifts both boys were offering Him. He liked Abel’s gift better than Cain’s.

This made Cain angry. He did not think God was being fair. God told Cain he could choose to do right or wrong. Cain chose to be angry. He came up with a plan. He called Abel out to the fields. There, Cain did something very bad. He killed Abel. God called him, “Cain, where is your brother Abel?” Cain shook his head.

God said, “You have done wrong. As your punishment, you will no longer be able to grow your crops. I am sending you far away from here. “So Cain had to live in the land of Nod, which meant “Wandering.”


Deborah in the Bible

Judges 4:1-16

Deborah in the Bible

Many, many years passed. The people of Israel forgot their promises to Moses and to God. They worshiped other gods. So the Lord allowed their enemies King Jabin and his General Sisera to conquer them.

At that time the Lord had sent a woman named Deborah to be a judge over Israel. God had blessed her with wisdom. She loved the Lord God very much. She often told her people to listen to God and obey Him. But most of them just laughed at her.

As a judge, Deborah listened to all the problems of the people. When Deborah held court, she sat underneath a big palm tree. Then all the people stood in line. They waited to talk with her.

One day Deborah sent for Barak, an Israelite soldier. “Barak, you are to take ten thousand men. Lead the way to Mount Tabor. When General Sisera hears you are there, he will bring his chariots and troops. We will fight a great battle and defeat him at the river.”

“Well, all right. If you say so, Deborah. But I don’t want to fight this battle unless you’re there, too.”

Deborah smiled at him. “Is your faith in God less than your faith in me?” she asked. “All right. Because you did not trust God, though, He will give the victory to a woman instead of to you.”

When the day of the battle came, Barak led his troops. Deborah raised her hands and prayed on the mountain top. God caused many things to go wrong for Sisera’s troops. Before Barak knew it, he was chasing all of Sisera’s soldiers into the hills. The people of Israel had won!

When General Sisera saw he had lost the battle, he ran away. He searched for a place to hide. He spotted the home of one of King Jabin’s friends. “Ah,” he thought, “these people will hide me.”

A woman came out to meet him. Her name was Jael. “Come right in, “she said. Sisera did not know it, but secretly, Jael hated Sisera and his army. Jael gave him some milk, then she covered him with a blanket.

General Sisera fell sound asleep. Jael tip toed over to his side. She carried a tent stake and hammer in her hands. Then Jael killed General Sisera.

Meanwhile, Barak was looking for Sisera. As he came to Jael’s tent, Jael went out to meet him. She told him what she had done.

Barak brought Jael back to Deborah and to the army. All the people of Israel cheered wildly. They called out, “Who killed Sisera?” Barak looked at Deborah. The credit for Sisera’s death must go to a woman. He held Jael’s hand up high so the crowd could see her. “This woman! Jael killed Sisera!”

All the people of Israel cheered Jael. Deborah and Barak told them, though, it was the Lord God who had won the war for them. They even sang a song about God’s victory.

Joshua in the Bible

Numbers 13:1-30

Joshua in the Bible

The people traveled many months in the wilderness. One day God said to Moses, “Send spies into Canaan, the country I am giving you. Tell them to see what sort of land it is. Find out what the people are like who live there.”

Moses did as God asked. He choice one man from each of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses raised his hand and blessed the twelve men as they left camp.

After many, many days the men returned. One was Caleb and another was Joshua, the general. Caleb and

Joshua told Moses, “Oh yes! You should see the land. It’s so beautiful,with strong trees, and gentle hills. Flowers bloom everywhere and the crops are rich and plentiful. It really is as God promised, a land of milk and honey.”

There was only one problem. The people who lived on the land were all very good fighters. Joshua and Caleb knew that with God’s help, they could drive those people out of the land.Not everybody agreed with Joshua and Caleb, though. Some of the other spies were troublemakers. In the end,they spoiled the trip for everyone that day.

The other spies disagreed with Joshua and Caleb. They did not trust God to help them win their battles. They thought the tribes in Canaan were too dangerous to fight.

The Israelites believed these other men instead of believing God’s promises. “Oh Moses!” they cried.”What have you done?”

Moses groaned. The people were complaining again! “Moses, we want to go back to Egypt!”

“Moses, it was your idea to leave Egypt in the first place. We should never have listened to you. Look, now we will die and for what?”

Moses and Aaron fell to their knees.They begged the people to trust God.Joshua and Caleb ripped their clothes.They swore God’s promised land was a good place to live. But the people would not listen. They were very stubborn. They liked feeling sorry for themselves.

Once again God forgave the people.But they had to pay for being so stubborn. Too often they had not believed God or trusted Him. Because Of this God said they would never reach the promised land.

“These people must wander in the wilderness,” He said. “They will all spend the rest of their lives in the desert, all of them except Caleb and Joshua, who believed Me. I could have brought them to the promised land within a year. Instead, the people will wander in the desert for forty years.They will die in the desert. Their Children will be the ones to finally settle in the land of milk and honey.This is their punishment.”

When the people heard this, they cried out loud. It was too late, though.God had made up His mind.

Despite God’s punishment, the people decided since the land was so close, they should go and fight the tribes anyway. They had forgotten that God had just said they would not be the ones to drive the tribes away. Their children would do that.

The people went off to battle, but they lost. Many men died in a battle which God had not helped them win.For the next forty years the people of Israel would wander from place to place. The Lord did not stop leading them, but He did not lead them straight to the promised land. Their punishment was real. They had to spend the rest of their lives walking in circles, so close to Canaan, but never able to enter it.