November 3, 2013
Focal Scripture Passage:
Luke 10:1-20, 25-42
To lead students to identify four people or groups who were focusing on the
wrong thing, and to encourage them to examine themselves to see if they are
keeping things in proper perspective.
Read the notes on Luke 10 found in the Sunday School Teacher Book.
Write the word “Perspective”
on the marker board or chalkboard. Have enough copies of the “Proper
Perspective” handout for your anticipated attendance. Have the
pictures of “Perspective
Illusions” (attached) ready to show the class.
(Create Learning Readiness):
Direct the class’ attention to the word “Perspective”
written on the board. Ask: “Is perspective important? Does our
perspective make a difference in how we see and understand things?”
Show the two
perspective illusion photographs to the class. Ask: “Are these
accurate portrayals of the relative size of the two individual or objects?”
(no; they are tricks of photography). In reality, the subjects in the
pictures are different distances from the camera. The photographer has used
perspective to trick our minds.
Ask if they have ever seen an illusionist
perform so-called “magic” tricks with his hands or with objects. Such a
performer cannot really make objects disappear or appear; he tricks our
minds by getting us to focus on one hand or object so we don’t see what he
is doing with his other hand.
Tell the class that if we get our focus on
the wrong things or do not have proper perspective we can easily be fooled.
If our perspective is not right we will not focus on the things that are
most important. Tell them that in today’s lesson they will discover four
people or groups of people who were focusing on the wrong things. Jesus
corrected each of the four. The goal of this lesson is for each of us to
examine our perspective and re-focus if necessary.
HEART OF THE LESSON
Ask the class what last week’s lesson was about (marks of true
Ask: “Have you been a good disciple this week?”
Ask if anyone would be willing to quote last week’s memory verse
Remind the class that Jesus’ ministry up to this point had been
primarily in Galilee (locate on
map). As of Luke 9:51,
Jesus was on His way toward Jerusalem (locate on the
map) and His sacrificial
death on the cross.
Earthly Victories vs.
Ask a volunteer to read Luke 10:1-9.
Remind the class that Jesus sent out the twelve apostles in Luke
9:1-2. This time He sent out seventy of His disciples. Note the fact that
He sent them out in pairs, just as we do on visitation.
Ask: “Where did He send them?” (into the cities He would
Ask: “What did He tell them to pray for in verse 2?” (laborers
for the great harvest). We still pray that same prayer today.
Tell the class that Jesus gave them instructions about their travels.
Ask: “According to verse 9, what specific tasks did He give them?”
(heal the sick and announce that the kingdom of God was coming).
Read Luke 10:17-20.
Ask: “What were the disciples most joyful and excited about?”
(that the demons were subject to them in Jesus’ name).
Tell the class that the disciples had the wrong perspective.
Ask: “What did Jesus tell them to rejoice about?” (the fact
that their names were written in heaven; in other words, He told them to
rejoice about their salvation).
Explain that the seventy disciples were more excited about earthly,
temporary victories than about their eternal life and eternal rewards.
Ask: “Can we get our perspective out of line in the same way?”
(yes – easily).
Marvels and Miracles vs.
Repentance and True Faith.
Read Luke 10:9-16.
Tell the class that Jesus warned the seventy disciples that some of
the cities they visited on their mission trip would not receive them.
Ask: “What did Jesus say about those cities in verse 12?”
(that Sodom would fare better in the day of judgment than they would).
Briefly remind the class about Sodom’s sin and destruction.
Point out the locations of Chorazin, Bethsaida, and
Capernaum on the map.
These cities were the sites of many of Jesus’ miracles during His ministry
in Galilee. Stress that these were cities of Israel populated mostly by
Jews, while Tyre and Sidon were pagan cities on the Phoenician
coast (locate on the map).
Ask everyone to look back at verse 16. Ask: “What does that verse
tell us about people who reject Jesus and those who preach or talk about
Him?” (they are rejecting God).
Remind the class that for three years Jesus had done amazing miracles
in Galilee. Blind people received their sight, lepers were cleansed, sick
people were healed, and dead people were raised to life. Through all that
time, Jesus also taught them about the kingdom of God. In spite of all of
His miracles and teaching, most of the people in those cities did not repent
of their sins and trust Christ for salvation.
Explain to the class that the cities of Galilee were more interested
in having their diseases healed than in repenting and receiving Christ.
Ask: “Are we in danger of doing the same thing? Do we ever look
to Jesus for what we can get from Him instead of humbly repenting of our
Knowing the Truth vs.
Living the Truth.
Ask a volunteer to read Luke 10:25-29.
Explain that the term lawyer refers to one who was an expert
in the Jewish Law.
Ask: “What did he ask Jesus?” (“What can I do to have
Tell the class that Jesus directed Him to the scriptures.
Ask: “What did the man know he was supposed to do?” (love God
supremely and love his neighbor as himself).
Jesus said the lawyer answered correctly. Ask: “Why do you think
the lawyer asked the question recorded in verse 29?” (to justify
himself; he knew he didn’t love everyone as he did himself, so he wanted to
find out who he was required to love).
Tell the class that Jesus then told the familiar parable of the good
Samaritan (verses 30-35). Briefly remind them of the events of that
Read Luke 10:36-37.
Ask: “The lawyer thought he could choose who to love; what did he
learn through the parable of the good Samaritan?” (our neighbors are not
only those who live near us or are among our circle of friends; we who know
God should treat everyone in the world as our neighbors).
Explain that the lawyer knew and could quote the Bible, but didn’t
live by it. He thought head knowledge was more important than letting the
scripture shape his actions.
Ask: “Can we get our perspective out of line in the same way?”
(yes – we can easily stress facts instead of Christ-like actions).
Religious Activity vs. True
Ask a volunteer to read Luke 10:38-42.
Tell the class that Jesus was nearing Jerusalem. He stayed in the
home of Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus.
Ask: “What was Mary doing?” (sitting and listening to Jesus).
Ask: “What was Martha doing?” (housework and meal
Ask: “What did Martha want Jesus to do?” (make her sister help
with the work).
Tell the class that Jesus told Martha her perspective was off.
Ask: “What did He say she should have been doing?” (worshiping
and listening to Him).
Explain that Martha mistakenly thought work and service were more
important than learning from Jesus and worshiping Him.
Ask: “Do we sometimes focus more of our attention on working and
serving than we do on learning and worshiping?” (yes).
Give everyone a copy of the “Proper
Perspective” handout. Work through the handout as follows:
Ask each of the eight questions related
to the lesson.
Ask the class to voice the answer to
Encourage them to write that answer on
their handout sheet.
Stress the fact that the seventy disciples,
the cities of Galilee, the lawyer, and Martha all had the
wrong perspective. In spite of the fact that they were touched by Jesus’
ministry, they were all focusing on the wrong things. Explain that we can’t
be right with God if our perspective is not correct. Jesus tried to correct
the focus of each of the individuals or groups in this lesson.
Tell the class that just as those people in
Jesus’ time got their eyes off the most important thing and focused on
things that were less important, we can do the same thing today.
Ask: “What are some things that can draw
our attention away from loving and serving Jesus Christ wholeheartedly?”
Allow time for some responses.
Tell the class you don’t want them to have
the wrong perspective. Direct their attention to the “Questions for
self-evaluation” printed on the handout sheet. Read each one and stress the
importance of keeping proper perspective in that area.
Ask everyone to bow their head and close
their eyes. Ask them to honestly examine their heart as you read each of
the four questions aloud. Encourage them to confess any sin in those areas
and to ask Jesus to enable them to keep their lives in proper perspective.
Voice a closing prayer.
Encourage everyone to honestly answer those four questions for
self-evaluation several times this week. Tell them to ask the Lord to help
them focus on proper perspective. Ask everyone to memorize Luke 10:2.