1 Corinthians: Temptation

I CORINTHIANS 10:13

 

Scripture verse: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

 

Objectives:

  1. Memorize the verse and understand its content and context.
  2. Students should apply the verse to one area of temptation in their lives in the next week.

 

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer: the Lord’s Prayer would be appropriate here. What does it say about temptation?

 

  1. Review the background of the book from last week’s lesson.

 

  1. Scripture lesson: I Corinthians 10:13, II Cor. 1:8-11, Romans 8:35-39, Romans 5:1-8

 

  1. What are some stories of Old Testament people who faced temptation or tribulation? How did they fare? Did it matter whether they turned to God or to their own strength? (Adam, Moses, Daniel, the 3 youths, Jonah, David with Goliath, how about David with Bathsheba?) What was the temptation they faced? (denying God, sexual, running away in fear…) Do we have similar temptations? What about New Testament people or figures from Church history? (Peter and his denial, Judas and his betrayal, Stephen and martyrs in general, St. Daniel the Stylite sitting on the pillar, find some more) Of what were they tempted? Did they turn to God or not? Outcome?

 

  1. Discussion questions:

What is temptation? What are tribulations? Are they different? Have students brainstorm some temptations and tribulations that they themselves face. Are there examples in the Bible or in the history of the Church of people who faced similar temptations and tribulations? What happened?

When we face problems in our lives, should we ask God what should be done or should we “stand on our own 2 feet”? Should our Christian beliefs make a difference in the choice we make? Doesn’t God know what our problems are anyway; do we need to ask His help or will He work them out for us without our even lifting a finger? Does God promise that He will miraculously make all problems go away? Do we need to work hard to solve our problems? Does He promise to help us?

 

  1.  Close with prayer.