Middle School

Just Do It for Jesus

Lesson 13 

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Winter 2019-20

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By: Caroline Ferdinandsen 

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February 23, 2020

Lesson Focus:

Whatever we do for others, we do for Christ.

Bible Basis:

Matthew 25: 31-40

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Your students will discuss a video experiment illustrating our biases against the poor as they consider their response to “the least of these.”

Memory Verse:

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brother and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
—Matthew 25:40b

Step 1:

Your students will discuss a video experiment illustrating our biases against the poor as they consider their response to “the least of these.”

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Watch this video with your class and then discuss the following questions [3:06]:
“Would you stop if you saw this little girl on the street?”  

  • What do you think causes us to treat people differently? What does this video experiment suggest about our human nature? (Students will likely be able to express how our compassion is often influenced by outer appearances.) 
  • Have you or your family ever stopped to help someone you didn’t know? Share your experience. (Answers will vary. Be careful to not let one student’s details spill over into a long narrative.)

God will always bring people into our lives who need our love and compassion. Let’s see what the Bible says about how to treat others.    

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Photocopies of various Bible passage (see below)
  • Cardstock
  • Pens/pencils
  • Markers

Ahead of time, access some stock images of aid symbols, helping hands, and other rescue images from the website below. You will show these digital versions to students on your screen or device later.
Rescue icons

Jesus uses us to reach those who are hurting or in despair.  And in that instant, our service to them becomes direct service to Him—it is a way we worship Him.

Provide students with blank scratch paper. Show them the aid symbols and other rescue images here:
Rescue icons

After they practice drawing several images of their choice (using the clip art website for inspiration), give them cardstock to draw their final design version for a reminder poster. Have them fill in the blank areas using key phrases like: “Called to rescue,” or “Serving them, serving Jesus,” etc.

  • Feeling sorry for someone is not the same as seeing them with God’s eyes. How can we do more than just pity people? (Jesus doesn’t want us to just feel sorry for people or do nice things to make us feel good about ourselves. He wants us to treat them with dignity and point them to Jesus and His gospel message of hope.)

Consider how you will respond. Think of one way you can show love to someone who is hurting—the kind of love you would show Jesus. Follow through with that this week and let your poster be a reminder to look for opportunities to worship Jesus in this way.

Close in prayer.

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