In John 11, we see the Bible story of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, who were dear friends of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the story, Mary and Martha asked Jesus to come and heal their brother Lazarus, who was sick. Meanwhile, Lazarus died. When Jesus arrived in Bethany, he raised Lazarus from the dead and explained that this miracle was done so that others surrounding Him would believe that He was the Son of God.
Because the healing of Lazarus was a demonstration of God's purpose and power in people's lives during their suffering, you can have your students each write a short paragraph in which God's purpose was fulfilled in their lives despite their tough circumstances. For example, one student may write about how God had blessed her with the ability to get a part-time job after school when one of her parents became unemployed. Then you can have other students stand in front of the class and discuss what they wrote.
Thinking Up Discussion Questions
Although Christ healed Lazarus by raising him from the dead, the most important resurrection is Christ's own resurrection from the dead after his horrific crucifixion for the sins of all mankind. Give each student a few New Testament verses which deal with Christ's resurrection. Then you can ask the students to write down five discussion questions based on the passages they read. This would especially be a good idea if you're celebrating Easter.
Friendship Trivia Game
In John Chapter 11, we see an example of true friendship between Christ, Lazarus, Mary and Martha. You can have a trivia game which tests students' knowledge of what the Bible says about friendship. First have the students memorise five to ten combined Old and New Testament verses which teach about friendship, then ask them five trivia questions based on what they learnt. The winner who guesses all five questions right will get a small Bible devotional book.
Class Discussion on How to Apply Reading
Since Christ modelled what real love is supposed to look like, you can hold a discussion with the students on ways they can share Christ's gospel of eternal salvation to non-Christians they know. You can refer to various New Testament passages that give details on the gospel and discuss how they can apply these passages in evangelistic outreach.
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