A Simple Lesson on the Resurrection from 1 Corinthians 15

Verses 1-2 – How are we saved?

Verses 3-4 – What is the most important thing that Paul passed on?

Verses 5-8 – Who did Jesus appear to after he was resurrected?

Verses 9-11 – Why does Paul feel that he was not worthy of the grace God showed him?

Verses 12-19 – If there is no resurrection, what does that mean for us?

Verses 20-22 – What did Adam bring humankind? What does Jesus bring humankind?

Verses 50-58 – What hope does the resurrection give us?

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A Lesson on the Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit? He is God.

 “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” – 2 Corinthians 13:14

How does the Holy Spirit work? The Holy Spirit and the Bible always work together.

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:17

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears” – John 16:13

What does the Holy Spirit do? 

1. The Holy Spirit helps us become a Christian.

Conviction – “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.” John 16:7-11

Born Again – “Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spiritgives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” – John 3:5-8

Cleaning from sin – He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:5-7

2.  The Holy Spirit helps us to live like a Christian.

Leading – “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.” – Romans 8:14

Sanctifying (made more like Jesus) – “who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood” – 1 Peter 1:2

Prayer – “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” – Romans 8:26-27

Evangelism – “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

Fruits of the Spirit – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23

3.       The Holy Spirit gives us the hope of a Christian.

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” – Romans 8:16

“Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:5

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit” -Ephesians 1:13

Discussion Questions on Hell: Is it real? Why is it necessary? What are the implications for today?

Why is the idea that God would punish people in hell so offensive to people today?

What is hell? Is it real?

Read Luke 16:19-31. How is hell described in this passage? How is Jesus’ description of hell different from some popular conceptions of hell?

Read Mathew 13:42; Mark 9:48; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 14:10-11. What do these passages add to our understanding of hell?
 

Popular Misconceptions about Hell

  1. Hell is a fun place where all my friends will be – How was the party for the rich man?
  2. Hell is a metaphor for being annihilated – How do the previous verses discredit this understanding of hell?
  3. Universalism – No one goes to hell; all go to heaven. How does John 3:36 respond to this?
  4. Second chance – How does story of the rich man and Lazarus discredit this understanding of hell? Also see Hebrews 9:27.

Why is hell necessary?

Why is it surprising that the rich man ends up in hell? In what way does the realty of hell honor the choices that we make in this life?

If God made man for fellowship with Him, why would God cast people into hell? Why not save everyone?

 Read Exodus 9:13-17. What must God do in order to rescue the Hebrews? How does this parallel our own salvation?

In what way is God glorified in both the salvation of the righteous and the judgment of the wicked? How does the Biblical picture of God’s majesty and love differ from the sentimental view of love prevalent in our society?

 What is the connection between understanding the severity of God’s judgment and the extravagance of His grace? How does a biblical understanding of hell increase our view of God?

 The Reality of Hell and Our Mission Today

Read Romans 10:11-17. What must we do in order to escape hell? What must happen in order for others to escape hell?

 How does the reality of hell increase our sense of urgency for the lost?


What About Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel? 

  1. All people have heard about God through the fact that God has revealed Himself in creation (Romans 1:18-20).
  2. All people have rejected God (Romans 1:21-32).
  3. Therefore, all people are guilty before God and deserve His punishment (Romans 3:10-11).
  4. But God has made a way of salvation for all people through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21-24).
  5. People must hear the gospel to believe and be saved (Romans 10:14).
  6. The gospel only goes forward through human instruments, which means the task of evangelism is urgent (Romans 10:15-17).

This lesson was developed from the Gospel Project: A God-Centered Worldview lesson on Hell.

Discussion Guide: Genesis 21 & Galatians 4:21-31

Introduction

  • What difference does it make who your parents are? Are there advantages or challenges that are created as a result of who your parents are?

When did it happen?

Abraham’s age when God first gave the promise 75 years old
Abraham’s age when Ishmael is born 86 years old
Abraham’s age when Isaac is born 100 years old
Sarah’s age when Isaac is born 90 years old
Ismael’s age when he is sent away 15-17 years old

 

The Impossible Becomes Reality – Genesis 21:1-7

  • How long had Abraham been waiting for God to fulfill His promise? (Hint: compare Genesis 21:5 with 12:4)
  • Abraham obeys God’s instruction from Genesis 17:19 by naming his son Isaac, which means “he laughs.” Why was this an appropriate name for the child?
  • How has Sarah’s attitude changed in response to having the promised child?
  • How is the birth of Isaac similar to the birth of Jesus?

It’s No Laughing Matter – Genesis 21:8-21

  • Why did Sarah want Abraham to send Hagar and Ishmael away?
  • How were Abraham’s past sins catching up to him? What reasons might Abraham have had for not wanting to see Hagar and Ishmael go? Why was it necessary?
  • What was different about Abraham’s relationship with Sarah/Isaac and Hagar/Ishmael that Hagar/Ishmael?
  • How did God provide for Hagar and Ishmael? Why?

It Makes a Difference Who Your Mom Is –Galatians 4:21-31

  • How does Hagar/Ishmael parallel those seeking to live by the old covenant law (the Jews of Paul’s day)? How does Sarah/Isaac parallel those living by the new covenant of grace in Jesus Christ?
  • What does it mean to be a child of promise (4:28)? Read Galatians 3:7 and 29. How do we become heirs of God’s promises to Abraham?
  • For extra consideration: Read Romans 9:6-13. Note: Being a physical descendant of Abraham (a Jew) doesn’t make one a child of God. Instead, it is by God’s grace, not works (seen with both Isaac/Ishmael and Jacob/Esau) that we receive the promises.

 

Making Peace –Genesis 21:22-34

  • How is this encounter with Abimelech different than Abraham’s first encounter with him? How is God beginning to fulfill his promise to Abraham to be a blessing to the nations in his interactions with Abimelech?
  • What was the significance and value of this well in Abraham’s life?
  • The name of God given in verse 33 is “God Everlasting” (El Olan). How has the everlasting nature of God been important in Abraham’s life up to this point? How is God’s everlasting nature seen related to us through this study?

 

Application

  • Are there things we are tempted to trust in other than God’s promises? What are they? How does God’s fulfillment of his promise to Abraham give us confidence to trust him today?
  • Are there some things that we are attached to that God is calling us to let go?
  • Do you live like you are God’s son or God’s employee? Does his grace give you a desire to honor him, or are you seeking to appease him by your works?
  • How are you, as one who has inherited the promises of Abraham, being a blessing to the nations?
  • Through our study tonight did you notice how Scripture is telling one coherent story?

5 Lessons from the Temptation of Jesus – Matthew 4:1-11

Object lesson: Give a small piece of candy to everyone to hold in their hand, but cannot eat. After a while talk about how the kids are tempted to eat it.

Discussion Questions:

  • What is temptation? What have you been tempted to do?

 

  • Who led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted? *God doesn’t tempt anyone, but he allows our faith to be tested.

 

  • What was the first temptation the Devil tried with Jesus?

 

  • How did Jesus respond?

 

  • What was the second temptation the Devil tried with Jesus? What trick did Satan use against Jesus here?

 

  • How did Jesus reply?

 

  • What was the third temptation the Devil tried on Jesus?

 

  • How did Jesus respond?

 Application: What can we learn?

  1. We will be tempted.
  2. Temptation is not sin, but giving in to temptation is.
  3. Satan will use every advantage he has, including misusing the Bible.
  4. Like Jesus, the Word of God is the most powerful response to temptation.
  5. Jesus was the only one who was sinless. We have sinned and will sin, and need his sinless life to save us.

Discussion Questions: Colossians 1:15-2:3

Getting Started…

Have you ever had a fight with someone and afterward you felt like never talking to them again? Did you ever restore your relationship with that person? How did you move past what happened and reconcile with them?

 

 

Colossians 1:15-20

List every affirmation made of Jesus in verses 15-18. 

What is Christ’s relationship to God? To creation? To the church?

Most think that this passage was a hymn the early church sung. Why would this be a fitting hymn? What value would singing a hymn like this have? 

Verses 15-18 tell us who Jesus is. Verses 19-20 tell us what Jesus has done. Why is knowing who Jesus is important to understanding what he has done?

Re-read verse 20. Does this verse mean that everyone is reconciled to God (i.e. everyone will be saved)? Why or why not?

Colossians 1:21-23

What was our condition that made reconciliation to God necessary?

How are we reconciled to God? What did God do that we might be reconciled to Him? What is the primary action on our part that makes what Christ has done for us effective?

What benefits does reconciliation to God afford us?

What responsibility do those of us who are reconciled to God have to those who are not? How can we share the gospel in a way that emphasizes our need to be reconciled to God?

Colossians 1:24-2:3

How does the revelation of Jesus fit the description of a mystery reveled?

According to verse 28, what was Paul’s aim for those he came in contact with? What did Paul do in order to fulfill this goal?

How does knowing what Christ endured for us make us willing to endure difficulty for others that they might know Christ? According to verse 27 and 29, how are we empowered to share the gospel?

Paul describes his ministry with words like “suffering, afflictions, labor, struggle, and being a servant”. Could these words describe the extent you are willing to go to see others reconciled to God? Why or why not?

What changes takes place in us when we have “Christ in us, the hope of glory” (v. 27) How is this the ultimate expression of our reconciliation to God?

Theology for Kids Discussion Guide: Lesson 1 – God Has Made Himself Known

This year in our Awana ministry I am leading our older kids through the basics of theology. This is the first lesson on God’s revelation of Himself. It contains a worksheet with blanks for the kids to follow along, and a teacher sheet with the answers and an object lesson that ties in. Feel free to make use of these in your own church!