The Gospel Project for Adults, Summer 2014 Extended Instructional Approaches for Session 12 Introduction: Engage the group by connecting with previous learning. Divide your class into three groups. Assign the first group the word “map,” the second group the word “muzzle,” and the third group the word “mirror.” Have each group read the last two paragraphs on page 8 of their Personal Study Guides (Session 1 devotional). Have them spend three minutes defining the word in the context of the law. At the end of three minutes, have a representative from each give their definition. Write the definitions on the board and refer to them throughout the lesson. Part 1: Engage higher-level thinking. In his excellent article, “The Secret of Fulfillment” (available at http://www.lwf.org/site/News2?abbr=for_&page=NewsArticle&id=6311), Adrian Rogers provides three insightful application questions relating to Jesus’ fulfillment of the law. After dividing the class into three groups, write each of these questions on a 3-by-5-inch card and give one per group: “What does Hebrews 5:9 teach us about Christ’s obedience to the moral law?” “How does Hebrews 7:11-28 describe Jesus’ fulfillment of the ceremonial law?” “What do Galatians 3:13-14 and Romans 10:4 reveal about Christ’s fulfillment of the judicial (or civil) law?” Give them five minutes to answer the questions and then ask them to share their findings with the rest of the class. Part 2: Help your group members connect with the major theme with an illustration. It is important to understand the reason behind Christ’s fulfillment of the law. Read the following illustration to your group members: “Imagine a criminal is on death row for committing multiple murders. While he is waiting for the execution, he would really be ‘under the law’ in every sense of the word—under the guilt of taking a life, under condemnation for murder, and under the sentence of death. Just before the scheduled time of execution, the governor reviews the condemned man’s case and pardons him. The governor also grants him a full pardon. Now the former prisoner is no longer under the law but under grace; the law no longer condemns him. He is considered completely justified as far as the law is concerned. He is free to walk out of the prison and no officer of the law can lay hands upon him. But now that he is under grace and no longer under the law, is he free to break the law? Of course not! In fact, that pardoned man will be doubly obligated to obey the law because he has found grace from the governor. In gratitude and love he will be very careful to honor the law of that state which granted him grace. That is what the Bible says about pardoned sinners (Rom. 3:31).” Ask, “Why did Jesus fulfill the law?” The answer may include fulfilling the righteous demands of the law, setting an example for those who would believe, and to enabling our obedience. Part 3: Engage your group members for understanding. Jesus made a shocking statement to His disciples when He told them that unless their righteousness exceeded that of the most religious people of the time, the Pharisees, they would never enter the kingdom of God (Matt. 5:20). The Pharisees thought that God was pleased with their righteous works. From the outside, they looked religious and holy, but their hearts didn’t reflect this. Read James 2:8-13. Ask your group what Jesus thinks about those who break even one law. (They are guilty of being lawbreakers; see Jas. 2:10.) Also, what should our motivation be for keeping the law? (Answer: love for others because of love for God.) What does James mean by the “law of liberty” (Jas. 2:12)? Since Jesus demands perfection in regards to the law, and no one is perfect, how can one be right with God? (Have your students read the inside cover of their Personal Study Guides, “God’s Word to You: A Summary of the Bible,” for a clear, succinct presentation.) Conclusion: Challenge your group members to live the lesson. Now that we have seen how Jesus valued the law, we need to ask ourselves, “Do we have the same love for God’s law as He does?” Reflect on the last week of your life. How much time did you spend learning about God’s law and practicing it in your life? Is it a priority for you obey or a pain for you to endure? Meditate on and memorize Joshua 1:8. Ask God to help you love His Word and see it as vital. Teaching Tip of the Week The ability to break a concept into its similar and dissimilar characteristics allows students to understand (and often solve) complex problems by analyzing them in a simpler way. As teachers, we need to help students incorporate this by using any one of a variety of ways: • • • • Comparisons: looking at similarities and differences; Classifying: grouping things that are alike; Metaphors: comparing two unlike things; Analogies: identifying relationships between pairs of concepts Try incorporating at least one of these weekly and you will find that your students are able to relate to the lesson and recall the information covered more readily.
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