Before class, check with your church’s benevolence committee for the names of individuals or families with known needs right now. As your students are working on their Step 3 activities, write down today’s memory verse, 2 Corinthians 8:12, on the whiteboard (or screenshared document). Students will copy this verse down on their index cards later. (If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring pens/pencils and index cards to class.)
In today’s lesson, we looked at 2 Corinthians 8:1-12, where the Macedonian churches were living by grace. We learned that these churches were going through a difficult time financially yet found it possible to give generously. Paul used these Macedonian churches as an example for the Corinthian churches to follow.
Giving generously in hard times is not usually a go-to reaction. It seems easier and wiser, at times, to hold on to our money and save it for a rainy day. The Macedonian churches and the apostle Paul would disagree. The Corinthian churches were urged to give generously because they had much to offer others. We do, too.
Hand each student an index card and a pen/pencil (or invite them to have those items ready at home). Encourage each student to write down one person or family who has a need. If students are stuck, provide them with the names of individuals or families with known needs that your church is helping right now. After students have done this, encourage them to copy down today’s memory verse on the backside of their index card
Today’s memory verse emphasizes that willingness is the first thing we have to offer. If we are willing to help others, then resources will come. What a great reminder as we live out our faith and trust God in our giving!
Allow students to brainstorm what they can offer to the individual or family they wrote down on their index card. Ideas might include free babysitting, house or yard work, washing a car, buying groceries, etc. You may want to see what ministries your church is already involved in for these individuals and allow your students to plug into those projects in future weeks. The key is following through. Be sure to connect with your students periodically to encourage them to reach out to these needy ones. Summer is a wonderful time for service projects and their impact on your group and community—eternal!
Close in group prayer allowing your students an opportunity to bless the person/family they selected.