October 6, 2013
Focal Scripture Passage:
To lead students to discover and describe conditions for receiving God’s
blessings, and to commit themselves to living in ways that God can bless.
Read the notes on Luke 6 found in the Sunday School Teacher Book.
Draw two vertical lines on the marker board or chalkboard, creating three
columns. Write the following headings at the top of the second and third
columns: “Blessing” and
(Create Learning Readiness): Tell
the class that our actions and choices have consequences. Present the
following scenarios one at a time and ask the class to suggest possible
blessings or consequences that can result from each. Write the results on
A child who cleans up his room after his
mother tells him to.
A child who disobeys her mother and
throws a temper tantrum.
A teenager who lies to his parents about
staying after school for a special activity, but actually goes over to
friend’s house and watches pornographic videos.
A student who refuses to cheat on a
test, even though many of her friends pressure her to.
An adult who always arrives early for
work and gives 100% effort to every task.
An adult who is proud and
self-sufficient, and doesn’t feel he needs God.
Stress the fact that our actions and
choices have consequences. Ask: “Do you want to be blessed or would
you rather suffer bad consequences for your actions?” Tell them in
today’s lesson Jesus gives us four conditions for receiving blessings from
HEART OF THE LESSON
Briefly review the previous week’s lessons.
Tell the class what happened in Luke 6:1-5.
Remind the class that the Jewish religious leaders had created many
rules and regulations for observing the Sabbath, far beyond what God
required. They considered the act of rubbing the grain to be work, thus
violating the Sabbath.
The important truth from these verses is that Jesus is Lord of the
In the remainder of the chapter Jesus presented four conditions for
receiving God’s blessings.
Obey God, Rather than Men.
Ask a volunteer to read Luke 6:6-11.
Ask: “According to verse 7, why were the scribes and Pharisees
watching Jesus?” (to see if He would heal on the Sabbath, for which they
could accuse Him of violating their Sabbath laws).
Ask: “What did Jesus ask the scribes and Pharisees?” (is it
lawful to do good and save life on the Sabbath?).
Tell the class that the scribes and Pharisees DID NOT want
Jesus to heal the man, but Jesus DID. Jesus told the man to stretch
out his hand.
Ask: “Did the man obey Jesus or did he do as the scribes and
Pharisees wanted?” (He obeyed Jesus).
Erase the results you wrote on the board during the introduction step
(leaving the two headings), and write “Man with Paralyzed Hand” in
the left column. Beside it, under the heading of “Blessing,”
write the word “Healed!”
Tell the class that the man obeyed God, rather than men, so
God blessed him.
Stress that if we want God’s blessings we must obey Him. Read
Ask the class to name some situations in which we must choose whether
to obey God or men.
Realize You are Nothing,
and seek God for Everything.
Tell the class that in verses 12-16 Jesus chose the twelve apostles,
after which a large crowd gathered around to hear Him teach (verses 17-19).
Ask a volunteer to read Luke 6:20-26.
Ask the class to name the types of people God will bless (verses
20-22), and then ask them to name those Jesus warned (verses 24-26).
Ask: “What is the difference between those two groups of people?”
(the first group is needy and the second group is proud).
Write the words “Needy” and “Proud” in the left column
on the board.
Ask the class to name the blessings Jesus said will come to the needy
and the consequences that will come to the proud. Write these on the board
under the appropriate headings.
To be blessed you must realize you are nothing, and seek God for
Ask the class to name ways we can do that.
Love Others and be Generous.
Ask a volunteer to read Luke 6:27-38.
Ask: “How should we treat others?” (we should love our
enemies, do good to those who hurt us, give to those in need, lend without
hope of repayment, and treat others like we want to be treated).
Concerning verse 37, explain that this verse does NOT mean
that we can never judge someone’s behavior as morally wrong. Rather, it
forbids us from judging hypocritically: condemning others for sins we
also commit. If we judge others and say their behavior is wrong, then we
must be willing to live up to the same standard (see Matt. 7:1-2).
Write the words “Loving & Generous” and “Hateful &
Tightfisted” in the left column.
Ask the class to name some of the results of both attitudes, and
write their answers on the board under the appropriate headings.
Tell the class Jesus said if we want to be blessed we must love
others and be generous.
Ask them to name some situations in which they must choose whether to
be loving or hateful.
Ask them to name situations in which they must choose whether to be
generous or tightfisted.
Obey Jesus and Build your
Life on His Word.
Tell the class that in verses 39-45 Jesus warned about the blind
leading the blind, the danger of hypocritical judgment, and explained that
our behavior reveals what is in our heart.
Read Luke 6:46-49.
Ask: “Why is it silly to call Jesus Lord but not obey Him?”
(Lord means boss, ruler, or person in authority; compare Matt. 7:21).
Ask: “How did Jesus describe the person who hears Him and obeys
Him?” (like a man who built his house on a solid foundation – it will
Ask: “How did Jesus describe the person who hears Him but does
not obey?” (like a man who built his house without a solid
foundation – it will fall down).
Write the words “Obedient” and “Disobedient” on the
Ask the class to name results of both actions. Write these on the
To be blessed, you must obey Jesus and build your life on the
truths of God’s Word.
Ask the class to name situations in which they must choose whether to
obey Jesus and His Word or disobey Him by disregarding His Word (the Bible).
Tell the class that Evangelist Bill Sturm has often said: “The Lord
blesses all that’ll let Him.” That simple statement is profound. If
you want to be blessed by God you must live according to His principles and
instructions. If you disobey the Lord, how can you hope to be blessed?
Disobedience cuts you off from the blessing hand of God.
Review the following four conditions for
being blessed by God found in this lesson:
For each point above, stress the fact that
if you don’t do that thing then you are cutting yourself off from
Ask: “Are you bless-able right now? Are
you living in such a way that God can bless, or are you cutting off the
blessing of God by violating these principles?”
Tell the class that a lifetime of obedience
begins with a single step – an act of commitment. Say: “Now is the best
time to take that first step, by confessing your sin to God and telling Him
that you want to commit yourself to obeying the instructions Jesus gave.
Admit to God that you do not have within you the strength or will power to
obey Jesus, but tell Him you are willing to allow Him to work obedience
within you.” Lead a closing prayer of commitment.
Encourage everyone to live every day this week in a way that God can bless.
Ask them to do the “Daily Bible Readings” each day and answer the questions
in their quarterly before next Sunday.