Lesson 6: October 9, 2016

Builder of the House: Hebrews 3:1-6; Matthew 7:19-29

Teaching Strategy: The letter to the Hebrews highlights God as “the builder of all things” (Heb. 3:4), and compares the servant qualities of Moses and Jesus as contributors to the building of God’s house. We, too, are joined in God’s building project when we focus our joy and trust in the Lord.

Create an acrostic using “G-O-D-S-H-O-U-S-E.” Identify individuals or communities who contribute to God’s on-going work in the world today.

For example. . .


G – Gardens. Community gardens in Pittsburgh, PA help bring healthy food to the urban poor and gives neighbors an opportunity to learn and work together.

O – Oliphant.  Ten-year-old Zianna Oliphant stood up to Charlotte City Council following police shootings in Charlotte, NC.

D – Disaster relief. Many denominations support disaster relief teams who respond to crises nationally and internationally. Do some internet research to find out how your local congregation might support your denomination’s larger efforts in places such as: Livingston Parish, Louisiana;  Burundi, Africa; and Kumamoto, Japan.

S – Syrian Smuggler. Rami Adham, a father of six, is known as the “toy smuggler of Syria,” because of his efforts to bring toys, medicine, and food to children in Syrian war zones.

H – Hair stylist.  Josh Coombes is a hair stylist who offers free hair services to the homeless on the streets of London, England. 

O – Ordinary people, like YOU! Hebrews 3:6 says, “we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope.” Share ideas with one another about ways that we, as ordinary Christians, can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of others through our participation in God’s plan.

U – Usury protection. Rev. Shannon Webster and others are reaching out to assist people trapped in debt they cannot escape.

SSouth Sudan, Food Security. Over 2.8 million people are in urgent need of food assistance in South Sudan. The World Food Program works with churches and other human relief agencies to deliver food. Priority is given to people affected by conflict, malnourished children, pregnant women and nursing mothers.

E – Enough to Eat in Ethiopia. As families in Ethiopia face chronic hunger and the immediate effects of drought, the Mennonite Central Committee is working at long-term solutions and helping to meet urgent needs.

Fall 2016 Theme: The Sovereignty of God

Lesson 6, Unifying Principle: People often give credit for accomplishments to those who carry out the work rather than to the one who created the plan. Who is really responsible? The Scripture affirms that Jesus is the one who was faithful while accomplishing God’s plan.


Posted on: October 3, 2016, by : Tammy Wiens