Today’s lesson deals with the idea of fairness. When we seek God’s Word in certain issues, we may want to exclaim, “But that’s not fair!” We feel fully justified when presenting our cases to God. Begin the session by leading parents to discuss situations in which they would expect their kids to protest that they aren’t being treated fairly (bedtime, different treatment for a sibling, and so forth).
- Although none of us are perfect parents, would you agree that most of the time, your children’s accusations are more about their perceptions than about your character as a parent?
- When do you often hear God being accused of being unfair? (Allow for responses)
Unlike us, God really is perfect. So 100% of the time, when we accuse Him of being unfair, it is about our perception (or our faulty definition of “fairness”) and not about His character. In today’s session, we are going to consider one of the areas in which God’s fairness is often called into question: His treatment of those who have never heard the gospel.
The following video is probably too long to show in your small group session, but it will be tremendously helpful as you prepare for the session, and also as you explore this topic at home with your teens. The video is of Dr. David Platt, preaching at Southern Seminary on this topic. If you do not see the video below, click here to watch it on YouTube: http://youtu.be/laA18HejfYg
- How can you impress the grace and mercy of God upon your children when discussing this topic? How can you, as a family, consider these verses to make your family mission projects more meaningful and intentional?
Substitute the following question for Question 4 in the Personal Study Guide:
- How would this explanation affect your children? How should it affect us? How, as a family, can you be more focused on sharing the gospel in your lives and around the world?
We want to hear from you! How are you introducing the topic of the salvation of people who haven’t heard of God with the parents in your class or small group?