THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 95th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: HUMBLE FAITH
Adult/Young Adult Topic: VALUING HUMILITY
Printed Text: Luke 18:9-14
Key Verse: Luke 18:13 (NIV)
But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 95th Edition, 2015-2016
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
The faithful wonder whether their words, which are sometimes uttered out of desperation, will make a difference. Is there an attitude or posture that can assure them that their words are heard? Jesus taught that effective words of prayer are infused with power when uttered with humility of spirit rather than out of self-righteousness.
The lesson reinforces the belief that humility is a far greater virtue than pride. How do we take on the posture of humility?
1) Recognize that whoever I’ve become in Christ has been by an act of God’s grace.
2) Be careful not to measure myself against others and thereby declare that I am better than other people. All flesh is as the grass, and God is the Creator!
3) God is able to exalt even the lowliest of men and women. Humility is a supreme virtue.
Heavenly Father, grant that in all things we may never lose sight of who you have called us to be. May we never be led to believe that we are greater than any other human being. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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