Overcoming Evil with Good – Teaching Plant

Key Thought: As we progressively surrender our minds and activities to God, He will empower us to think, feel, and act according to His will..

December 23, 2017

1. Have a volunteer read Romans 12:1-3.

  1. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
  2. Who is responsible for the renewal of the believer’s mind? Is it solely on God, or does the believer and faith play a part? How?
  3. Personal Application: Is the renewal of the mind an active or passive process? Is it something we believe in, but are reluctant or incapable of acting upon? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your relatives states: “What does taking care of my body as a living sacrifice have to do with my faith in God? What does my physical well-being have to do with my Spiritual salvation?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Romans 12:6-10

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
  2. How can we learn to love others the way God loves us?
  3. Personal Application: What does it mean to prefer one another? How do we hate evil and cling to the good? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your friends states, “Love is the fulfilling of the law. If I have Christ’s love in my heart, then I don’t have to obey the law.” How would you respond to your friend?

3. Have a volunteer read Romans 13:1-7.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. Share a time when you discovered you were not living in a godly way and a change needed to be made.
  3. Personal Application: What principle are we to follow when it comes to following God’s will and obeying the laws of the government? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “I think the government is corrupt. I don’t think we should pay taxes. Obey their corrupt and archaic laws, or respect our leaders in any way. They are all crooks.” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Romans 13:10-12.

  1. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
  2. What event is Paul speaking of here, and how should we be acting in anticipation of that event?
  3. Personal Application: If you knew Jesus was coming next month, what would you change in your life and why? Share your thoughts.
  4. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.”Ministry of Healing, p. 148).

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