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    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    Sunday School Lesson
    Length: 1 hour
    Audience: Adults
    Lesson: 1 Corinthian 10:12-22

    Introduction                                                                                                                       15 Minutes

    Have the students read the short story below. After reading, have them answer the question at the end of the story.

    Friday was Bob’s last day. I was in charge of planning the event. Bob had been a great friend and mentor, and I wanted to send him out in style. I walked through the office making a list of all the people that planned on attending. It was going to be a first class; Christian affair.  We even planned to have prayer for Bob at the end of the party.
    I asked Mary if she planned on attending. Mary was recently saved, and I wanted her to feel a part of the Christian family at work. Mary was not convinced. She was a recovering alcoholic, and didn’t think it wise to attend. I told Mary that alcohol does not save or condemn. I encouraged her to come, because the safest place on earth was around believers. Mary nodded, and agreed to stop by.
    1 hour and 11 drinks later; Mary was drunk. She made a complete fool of herself, and totally ruined the party. She looked at me with tears in her eyes and said: “I shouldn’t have listened to you.”
    I felt bad. I only wanted her to be with us, and have a good time.

    Was what I did wrong?


    (Allow for open discussion for about 5 minutes)
    Answer: I should have respected the needs of the babe in Christ, and not tempted her into sin. As a Christian, I should have been more sensitive to Mary, and not put her in that position.
    (Ask the class to share a time when either they encouraged someone to do something they could not handle.)
    The title of the lesson is: It’s not okay! In it, we can and will measure ourselves against ourselves, and get a sense of where we are in our Christian walk. We will divide the lesson into 3 parts:
    (At the end of each section, allow time for questions.)

    Understanding your strengths (12-13)                                                                           10 Minutes

    Even strong Christians will face serious temptation. Those that are strong are sometimes more likely to fall because they let their spiritual guard down. As a Christian, it is never okay to fall; or to make excuses for falling. God does not give you more than you can handle.

    Understanding idolatry (14-19)                                                                                      10 Minutes

    Flee means run! Sometimes, in order to avoid sin, you have to run. In the 23 Psalms, David proclaimed that he sometimes had to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. David also said that God prepared a table before him in the presence of his enemies. God does not remove - He guides.

    About Idols:

    ·         They are not real.

    ·         The 10 Commandments warns against graven images.

    ·         Taking Holy Communion unifies our bodies with Christ; idol worship unifies us with the devil.

    ·         God cannot share space with evil.

    Understanding God’s wishes (20-21)                                                                              10 Minutes

    The Bible is full of examples of how the Israelites provoked God by doing wrong in His eyes.
    Read Numbers 25:9:  Mention how Israel fell due to idolatry.

    Summary                                                                                                                            10 Minutes

    The strong can sin by doing something that causes the weak to stumble.
    God is bigger than what you are going through.
    Closing prayer

    Author: Stephen Thomas


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