The Questioning Crowd

Note to the Teacher

In 2016, Discipleship Ministries began launching materials around the theme “See All the People.” This message of reaching people and expanding the church into the community then began to bear fruit as churches began launching campaigns to strengthen their own disciple-making systems. Because of his preaching, teaching, and healing, Jesus truly saw all the people; and as a result, the people were always with him. As the church makes connections in the community to bring people to know Christ, we would do well to make note of the way Jesus responded to the crowds.

In the third week of this series, Jesus offers the crowd a troubling call: love your enemies. In a world of increasing division and disagreement, this word is particularly relevant. Jesus does not seem to be asking us to agree with him. Instead, Jesus asks us to love one another. He is talking about the kingdom of God, where love is the rule, not an eye for an eye.  

Times are based on a 50-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as is necessary.

10 min

1.  Ice Breaker: What do We Love? 

This ice breaker will help students process the concept of love by discovering what they have in common. Begin by explaining that the word “love” can have many different meanings and can describe how we feel about a range of different things from the emotion that we have for our family to our appreciation for certain foods. For this game, students can use any of the meanings for love.

The game begins with one person lifting up a heart shape formed by putting two hands together. As the student lifts the hand-heart into the air, he/she says “I Love [something they love]”. Then, any other students in the group that feel the same way will lift up their own heart hands.

Continue the game by having the student to the right of the one who just spoke repeat the procedure until everyone in the group has participated (or participated a couple of times, depending on the size of your group)

 5 min

2.  Read Scripture

The world of Jesus was politically charged, and was not unlike the current political climate in the United States. There were many different factions that constantly fought against each other and demonized the people in the other groups. Some groups even moved away to found their own idealized communities in order to live with like-minded people. It is important to remember that as we read Jesus’ words here.

Read Luke 6:27-38

15 min

 

 

 

3. Discussion

  • Knowing what you know about the fighting that was going on in Jesus’ culture between people of the same religion, what do you think was the hardest part of his teaching for them to hear?
  • What do you think is the most challenging part of his teaching for the people in your community to hear? Which statement would be the hardest for the people you hang around with to believe, agree with, or live out?
  • Jesus ties loving your enemies to judging and condemning. Why do you think he did that? What do those two concepts have to do with each other?
  • What is the different between not judging and having good boundaries with people who might hurt you?
  • What is one thing you could do this week to love your enemies?
20 min  

4. Activity


Take this lesson to the next level by helping students think about love and hate in their own world through this Youth Worker Collective resource
(https://youthworkercollective.com/hating-through-a-mirror/)

50 min

 

Needed Materials:
Paper (one per person)
Pencils (one per person)
Mirror
 

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