Prepared by William Earnhardt, for Sabbath School Class February 18, 2023.
Main Theme: Because we are managers of God’s business, helping the poor is not just an option. It is following the example of Jesus and obeying His commands.
Read in Class: Leviticus 23:22 and Deuteronomy15:11. Define the common thread of these passages.
Study: However different the context may be from our lives today, what principles should we take away from these verses?
Apply: How should the gospel, the idea that Christ died for everyone, impact how we treat everyone, regardless of who they are?
Share: Your friend says we should not be helping the poor, because they are just lazy. How do you respond to your friend?
Read in Class: Matthew 19:16-22. Discuss the main idea of this passage.
Study: What did Jesus mean when He said to him, “If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me” (Matt. 19:21)?
Apply: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:35-37). What does it mean to lose your life for the sake of the gospel?
Share: Your friend asks, “Does Jesus expect everyone who follows Him to give up all they have?” How do you respond to your friend? What have you given up to follow Jesus? How can we surrender our goods and resources to Jesus even while they stay in our own possession?
Read in Class: Luke 19:1-10. Discuss the main idead of this passage.
Study: What were the differences between this rich man’s experience with Jesus and that of the rich young ruler?
Apply: Most adults don’t climb trees, but Zacchaeus was willing to sacrifice his pride in order to see Jesus. Zacchaeus also quickly sacrificed his pride by repenting so quickly and freely. What can we learn from his example? How does being humble like Zacchaeus help us become better stewards of God’s money and resources?
Share: Your friend asks, why Zacchaeus gave so much to the poor when he was converted? Isn’t salvation free? What did his paying back those he defrauded and giving to the poor have to do with his salvation?
Read in Class: Job 1:8 and Job 29:12-16. Discuss the common thread of these passages.
Study: How was Job described by God Himself? What is depicted here that gives us even more insight into the secret of Job’s character?
Apply: Read Isaiah 58:6-8. How can we take these ancient words and apply them to ourselves today?
Share: We are all going through difficult times these days, but can you class think of someone who may be going through an extraordinarily difficult time financially? Can your class take up a collection and help this person or family out financially without ever mentioning it outside of class?