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1 Created by LifeWind International for the Global CHE Network WHEN HELPING HURTS 1: WHY DID JESUS COME? Date: 06/10 OBJECTIVES: (1 HOUR) After working through this lesson, participants will be able to: 1. Describe or draw the world at creation; now; and the new heaven and new earth. 2. Explain why Jesus came to earth. What was the purpose of his living among us? 3. Describe Jesus ministry. 4. Examine how God is calling us to respond. OVERVIEW FOR TRAINERS: This is the first lesson adapted from the book, When Helping Hurts, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. These lessons combine CHE principles with the teaching of this book. The lessons may be used by short-term teams without prior CHE training or by CHEs working on community projects. METHOD TIME KNOWLEDGE Poll: Ask some participants to take a poll of the full group Take a poll of the participants: Why did Jesus come to earth? Record your answers. What is the most common answer? 5 Many people will reply something like Jesus came to die on the cross to save us from our sins. ----SH questions---- S = What do you See? H = What is Happening? I. An overview of the Bible Divide into small groups. Each group will make a drawing of one of three time periods: Creation, before the fall (See Genesis 1:27-31 and Genesis 2:15-25) Today (based on your knowledge of your area, or from news reports) The new heaven and new earth (See Revelation 21:1-5.) What do you see? What is found in each time period? What is not present? 20 I. An overview of the Bible A. Creation A. Creation 1. God saw that it was very good. 2. God created man and woman. 3. They were to fill the earth and subdue it. 4. He placed them in a fruitful garden with abundant food. 5. The man named the animals and birds. 6. The man and woman became one flesh. This lesson is part of an extensive series for use in Community Health Evangelism (CHE) ministries. CHE facilitators skilled in participatory learning methods enable communities to escape cycles of poverty and live as followers of Jesus.

2 2 7. There was no shame. 8. There was no fighting. 9. There was no disease or death 10. There was no separation between God and man. B. Today B. Today 1. The world still reflects the beauty of God s creation. 2. Man has built cities and towns. 3. But today there is suffering and disease and death. 4. Today there is violence and crime. 5. Many people do not know God. 6. We rebel against God and refuse to obey him. 7. Our rebellion and sin separate us from God. C. The new heaven and new earth C. The new heaven and new earth 1. God lives with men. 2. A new heaven and a new earth 3. There is a holy city, the New Jerusalem. 4. They will be his people, and he will be their God. 5. God will be with them. 6. No tears or crying or pain 7. No death or mourning 8. God is making everything new. II. God s kingdom Discuss in large group. A. Jesus and John the Baptist. Read Matthew 3: What was John the Baptist s message to the people? 2. What does it mean to repent? II. God s kingdom A. Jesus and John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-2) 1. Message --Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near. 2. What does it mean to repent? --Turn back to God. --Turn from your sinful ways. --Recognize that you need God. 3. What is a kingdom? 3. What is a kingdom? --Where a king reigns. --Where a king is in charge 4. What is the kingdom of God? 5. What was the purpose of John the Baptist s ministry? 4. What is the kingdom of God? --Where God reigns --Where God is in charge --God is restoring his reign and overcoming sin and death. 5. What was the purpose of John the Baptist s ministry? --To prepare the way for Jesus --To announce the coming of the kingdom of God. --To call people to repent. is B. Thy kingdom come B. Thy kingdom come 1. Does anyone know 1. Repeat the Lord s prayer.

3 3 the Lord s prayer? (See Matthew 6:9-13.) 2. What does it mean, Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven? 2. Your kingdom come, your will be done --May God be obeyed as king or Lord, both in heaven and on earth --God is Lord over all. --May his kingdom or reign be established on earth. --May we obey him and serve in his kingdom. III. Jesus role in God s kingdom Discuss in large group A. Read Luke 4: These verses (from the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament) describe the coming of the Messiah. The people of Israel waited many years for the arrival of the Messiah or deliverer. 1. Why would God send the Messiah? What was he sent to do? 2. What good news would he preach? 3. Describe the overall ministry of the Messiah. What would he do? 4. What surprising statement did Jesus make after reading this? B. Read Matthew 9:35. What did Jesus do in his ministry? 15 III. Jesus role in God s kingdom A. Luke 4: What was the Messiah sent to do? --To preach good news to the poor --To proclaim freedom for prisoners --To give the blind new sight --To release the oppressed --To proclaim the year of the Lord s favor 2. What good news would he preach? --God is bringing salvation to Israel. --God s Messiah or deliverer has come to save them. --God s kingdom has come to earth. 3. What would he do? --He met all their needs, both physical and spiritual. --He brought healing and freedom. --He preached good news. --That shows that God is bringing healing and restoration to them. 4. Jesus surprising statement --He came to fulfill this. --He was the Messiah. --He came to establish the kingdom of God. --He brought healing and proclaimed God s good news. B. Matthew 9:35 1. He preached the good news of the kingdom. 2. God s kingdom was coming!

4 4 C. Later John the Baptist wanted to know if Jesus truly was the Messiah. Read Matthew 11:2-6. How did Jesus respond? D. What does that show about Jesus? Why did he do miracles and healings? E. Think of the blind man or another person that Jesus healed. What would have happened if Jesus said, God loves you! God can heal you! but he did not heal him? 3. He healed disease and sickness. C. How did Jesus respond to John the Baptist? 1. He told John that the blind now see. 2. The lame walk. 3. People with leprosy are cured. 4. The deaf hear. 5. The dead are raised to life. 6. The good news is preached to the poor. 7. Yes, he was truly the Messiah that they were waiting for. D. Why did Jesus do miracles and healings? 1. He had compassion on the people. 2. His healings were signs, showing his power from God. 3. His miracles show that he is God. 4. His miracles show that he is the Messiah. 5. He came to bring God s kingdom to earth. 6. He came to bring healing and restoration to earth. E. Example of the blind man 1. The blind man would not know what to think. 2. If that happened, Jesus talked about healing, but did not heal. 3. The blind man would not have seen God s love acted out in action. IV. Applications to ourselves 10 IV. Application A. Read Luke 9:1-2. What did A. Luke 9:1-2 Jesus do with the 12 apostles? 1. He gave them power to drive out demons. 2. He gave them power to cure diseases. 3. He sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God. 4. He sent them out to heal the B. What does it mean to preach the Kingdom of God? C. Read Matthew 25: What does Jesus want us to do today? Why? sick. B. Preach the kingdom of God 1. God is king and Lord over all. 2. We must repent and turn to him. 3. Jesus came to establish God s kingdom on earth. 4. Our God reigns! C. What does Jesus want us to do? 1. Give the hungry something to eat. 2. Give the thirsty something to drink. 3. Invite in a stranger.

5 5 D. Read Acts 4: How did the believers in the early church put that into practice? E. Think of your own church. What are your main ministries or activities? Where is your main focus? F. What is Jesus calling you to do? G. Think of the area where you live. What are some of the needs of people in this area? (Your answers will vary, depending on where you live.) H. Our challenge is to reach out to them as Jesus did. 4. Give clothes to those who need them. 5. Look after the sick. 6. Visit those in prison. 7. When we care for people in need, we are showing our love for Jesus. D. Example of the early church 1. They were united in heart and mind. 2. They shared everything they had. 3. They testified to the resurrection of Jesus. 4. They sold land and houses in order to take care of those in need. E. Your own church s activities 1. The worship service 2. Bible studies and small groups 3. Choir 4. Church activities 5. Most of the focus is within the church. F. What is Jesus calling you to do? 1. We must work in our community as well as in our church. 2. He is calling us to witness to his resurrection 3. He is calling us to proclaim his kingdom and to invite others to know him. 4. He wants us to reach out to those in need. 5. He wants us to help meet their physical needs as well. G. Needs of people 1. There are problems with drugs and drug gangs. 2. Many single mothers are struggling. 3. Many people have family problems. 4. Some people are HIV-positive. H. Challenge References: Corbett, S. and B. Fikkert When helping hurts. Chicago: Moody Publishers ATTITUDE:. Jesus calls us to proclaim the kingdom of God. SKILL: Participants will be able to explain the purpose of Jesus life. EVALUATION: Are the participants reaching out to people in their neighborhood, following the

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