THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 98th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: MODELING GOD’S LOVE
Adult/Young Adult Topic: EVERYONE MATTERS
Printed Text: Matthew 25:31-46
KEY VERSE: Matthew 25:40
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 98th Edition, 2018-2019
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
Responsible people are pulled in a multitude of directions in trying to take care of themselves and their families. Why, then, would one extend effort beyond self and family? Jesus teaches His disciples that loving acts to the forsaken and needy are really demonstrations of love to Him.
Even though we are called to make a difference within our own circle of family and friends, we are also called to be missionaries and to extend care beyond our immediate parameters. Service to the poor may involve attending to physical needs, emotional needs, financial needs, or spiritual needs. The Word of God identifies the positive consequences for merciful behavior as well as the negative consequences for ignoring genuine needs. We may say we have faith, but faith without works is dead. The best way to serve others is to treat them as if we were serving Jesus Himself.
Lord, please forgive us for the times when we have neglected to serve others, and thus, have neglected to
serve you. As we end this year and begin another one, please give us eyes that see the world as you
see the world so that we can serve the world as we serve you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen