TGP Summer lesson 12

The Gospel Project for Adults, Summer 2014
Extended Instructional Approaches for Session 12
Introduction: Engage the group by connecting with previous
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, 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.