THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 95th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: SIMPLE FAITH
Adult/Young Adult Topic: A GENEROUS LIFE
Printed Text: Mark 10:17-31
Key Verse: Mark 10:21 (NIV)
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
It is very difficult even for good people to be willing to give up all their possessions to follow some altruistic goal. What can persuade someone to forfeit her or his possessions for others? Jesus said that faith in God makes it possible for people to sacrifice all they have for the benefit of others.
One of the crucial questions that believers face today and that the church has faced in every generation is, “What does it mean to be a Christian?” Jesus wants a relationship with us first. Our relationship and commitment to Jesus Christ is a statement of our faith in Him. It all begins with repentance and asking the Lord to forgive us of our sins. Commitment to Jesus Christ begins with being born again, joining the church and becoming a member are outward displays that something radically new is taking place in a person’s life and that person, therefore, wants to affiliate with the movement of god in the Earth. When a person is born again the Holy Spirit works in the heart of that believer to create a new person. Being born again is not an option or goal; it is the starting point.
Lord, teach us to follow You without regard for what personally benefits us. May we walk in the shadow of Your grace, always knowing that You will provide for our every need. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.