‘He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but man cannot discover the work God has done from beginning to end. ‘
1/14 – JHM Leadership Lab
1/19-21 – United Fresno Winter Camp
1/20 – Maddie’s Birthday!
1/21 – no JHM Leadership Lab
1/28 – JHM Leadership Lab
1/29 – Kayla’s Birthday!
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Opening game: Secret Dancer
Set up the group to stand in a circle, and choose one player to be the detective. Send the detective outside.
When the detective has left the room, choose a player to be the “secret dancer”. They will need to pick a dance move and everyone will then start copying them.
When everyone is dancing, the detective is called back into the room and has three guesses to choose who to original dancer is.
To make things interesting, the secret dancer then needs to change dance move, and everyone needs to change with them. This allows the detective to discover the secret dancer.
Jesus And Mean People
Lesson 2: Love Those Who Are Mean To You: That they’re called to treat mean people with grace, and in so doing, identify themselves with God.
What we want students to do with what they’ve learned: To evaluate their own actions and attitudes toward any “mean people” in their lives.
Scripture Focus: Luke 6:27-36
Overview: Loving people who are mean to us is one of the absolute hardest things to do. It goes against every urge and emotion within us. But, Jesus doesn’t give us much choice. This lesson will help your students see what Jesus expects of them in this regard. But it will also challenge them to focus on Luke 6:31 (better known as the Golden Rule) and consider how a commitment to living out this teaching will impact their relationships, with both “mean people” and “not-so-mean people.”
The following is what will be on the outline that students will be given for service. The part labeled “Front” is what will be taught during the message/teaching time. The part labeled “Back” is for your group to work through in order to dig deeper into the highlighted scripture.
LOVE FOR ENEMIES
27 “But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. 28 Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. 30 Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. 31 Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.
35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
IT’S EASY TO LOVE PEOPLE THAT LOVE US
IT’S HARDER TO LOVE PEOPLE THAT DON’T
“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!
DON’T LOVE PEOPLE TO GET SOMETHING IN RETURN
“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid.
LOVING PEOPLE WHEN IT’S HARD MAKES US MORE LIKE JESUS
Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
Scripture of Focus:
Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
• What is one thing that stood out to you in this passage?
• Why do you think it stood out to you?
• What can you apply to your life from this passage?
Use the following questions to further your discussion as a group. You can either do these after your Scripture of Focus time or you can use them within your scripture focus time to add to the conversation as a whole. As always you are welcome to guide the discussion the best that you and your co-leader think fits your group.
Why is it so hard for us to love people that don’t love us back?
Is there anyone in your life that you need to show love to even though they don’t treat you well?
How can we work together to love people the way that Jesus loves people?
Close in prayer at 8:25ish