Lesson 6: April 9, 2017
God’s Saving Love in Christ: John 3:1-21
Teaching Strategy: Discuss: What difference does/should God’s Saving Love in Christ make in our lives and in our world? In what ways might we be called to sacrifice for the sake of others? To what extent are we willing to sacrifice ourselves for others?
Some say that the familiar words of John 3:16 capture the essence of the gospel message for Christians. God loved the world so much that God sent Jesus the Christ – God’s only son – to save the world rather than to condemn it. God sacrificed his Son so that all who believe in him might be saved and have eternal life through him. During Holy Week, we are reminded once again of the enormity of the sacrifice that has been made for us and challenged to consider what sacrifice might mean in our lives today. What might it mean in our families? Our churches? Our nations? Our world?
- Originally published in 2013, the essay Balancing Our Budget Through Humility, Shared Sacrifice, Hope is a discussion of these values in the political arena that is both timely and thought-provoking.
- In his essay, Remembering D Day: Sacrifice, Gratitude, and Lessons Learned, Sojourners founder and editor Jim Wallis shared appreciation for the sacrifices made by men and women during World War II, including his own father.
- The video, A Father’s Sacrifice, is one of a series of stories about families Facing Deportation: Families Impacted by North Carolina Immigration Policies. Although produced in 2008, the story is eerily similiar to stories in newspapers today.
- The well-known hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, could be used at the beginning to generate discussion of what it means today to give “my soul, my life, my all,” or at the end as a closing devotion. Here’s a small sample of the many, varied renditions available on YouTube.com: Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Trinity Choir (Alfred St. Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA), Kings College Cambridge Choir, and Gaither Gospel Series.