High School

Reaching Out

Lesson 4 

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Winter 2019-20

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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December 22, 2019

Lesson Focus:

Jesus calls us to reach out to anyone in need.

Bible Basis:

Luke 4:14-21; 8:1-3; 17:15-18; 18:35, 38, 40-43a; 23:39-43

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will consider the example of a group that reaches out to those in need.

Memory Verse:

Memory Verse:

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind.”
—Luke 4:18

Step 1:

Students will consider the example of a group that reaches out to those in need.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

This time of year, in the spirit of thanksgiving, celebration, peace, light, hope, love, and giving, it is common to reach out to those in need, sharing what we have. Especially during wintertime, we may be thinking to reach out to those who don’t have a warm home to sleep in at night. It is for this reason that a Scottish charity called Social Bite hosts a Sleep in the Park event during December in an effort to end homelessness. Here’s a video that shares some of what they do year-round toward that end:

Play the following video for your students [4:38]:
The Social Bite Cause

  • What does Social Bite do to reach out to people in need? (They offer meals, particularly by letting homeless people enter their cafes and restaurants and choose a meal that someone has paid forward. They also employ formerly homeless individuals.)
  • What are some of the specific things Social Bite offers people in need? (In addition to meals, they offer people the dignity associated with choosing and ordering their meal in an establishment. In offering employment, they also offer opportunity, second chances, stability, community, purpose, etc.)
  • What is the impact of reaching out with these offers? (These offers meet immediate physical needs as well as more internal psychological/emotional needs, all of which helps people get out of the cycle that brings them down, and allows them to meet their own needs and contribute.)

This organization meets the immediate needs of homeless individuals in their area, but they do it with an aim to offer dignity as well as food. By allowing them to enter a café, choose and order their meal, or even to work at that café at some point, these folks feel human, seen, and significant. Through their actions, Social Bite shares the message that dignity is not just for people with means, but for you too. 

  • Twice in the video the narrator made the comment that these people could receive the help they needed from Social Bite without having to go to a “church hall.” Why do you think he said this? (Answers will vary but might include: Someone may have had a bad experience at the church; the charity given at the church may not have been as focused on the individual’s self-worth; etc.)

Today we will see a deep display of care from Jesus for folks who may have otherwise been ignored by society. Jesus met immediate needs and treated everyone with dignity, but additionally offered something only He could provide—the good news of the Gospel, which He said is for everyone, not just those you expect. Jesus expects us to reach out to everyone in need on His behalf.

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:

  • None

Jesus understood that His purpose in life was to bring Good News, particularly to those who might have otherwise felt, or been told, that the Good News was out of their reach. As followers of Jesus, this is now our mission, too.

  • How would you describe Jesus’ good news using words? (Accept all reasonable answers. This week’s memory verse tells it in tangible terms for the poor, imprisoned, and blind. This could also be read in spiritual terms. The Good News means redemption, salvation, and new life with God, now and forever.)
  • What would Jesus’ good news look like acted out? (Accept all reasonable answers. It would look like meeting the needs of others before looking to your own interests. It would look like humility, and a willingness to be uncomfortable or cross barriers in order to reach out. It would look like joy, justice, grace, mercy, and peace.)
  • We talked earlier about why getting help at the “church hall” seemed to have a negative connotation attached to it. Do you think when Jesus helped someone in person, the recipient felt negative emotions? Explain your answer.
  • What do you think you could do this week to reach out to others in a way that helps them see Jesus in a true, positive light? (Accept all reasonable answers. Students may already be participating in a nativity or in carol singing that shares the message of Good News. Maybe they can provide food or blankets to those without, or conversation to those feeling lonely at Christmas. Whether it is a Christmas card or act of service, everyone can do something to share the Good News in a way that encourages a true sense of loving and care.)

Encourage students to remember why Jesus came as they celebrate His birth this week. Encourage them to talk with their families about how they might incorporate sharing the Good News through word or action in their Christmas celebrations this year or as a tradition in years to come.   

Close in prayer.

Spread the word

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