If you like this lesson, then you'll love The Parables of Jesus, of which "The Sheep & Goats lesson" is not included.
Read Matthew 25:31-46 from an easy-to-understand Bible.
Discuss the following:
1) What are people compared to in this passage? (Sheep and goats)
2) Who will go to the right of Jesus, the Son of Man? (sheep)
3) Who will go to the left? (goats)
4) Who do the sheep and goats represent? (believers and unbelievers or the obedient and the disobedient)
5) Who receives a reward? (the ones on the right, the sheep)
6) Why did they receive a reward? (they followed Jesus' example of loving others by feeding the poor and helping the helpless.)
7) Who is punished in this passage? (the goats)
8) Why? (they did not help the helpless and feed the poor)
9) What do you think Jesus wants us to understand about believing in him? (Believing is more than understanding that Jesus existed or died for our sins. The Bible says even the demons believe in Jesus [James 2:19]. We must entrust our lives to Jesus. We must turn from our sins and follow him. The Bible says faith without good works is dead [James 2:26]. If we have true faith, then good works is the natural result of following Jesus. Believing is more than understanding something about God in your mind. Believing is understanding in your mind what the Bible teaches us about God, trusting in Jesus to save you and following his example with our actions. If your life doesn't show a progression of becoming more and more like Jesus, then you should examine what you believe and to whom you are trusting for your salvation.)
10) When you do good to others, who does Jesus say you are really serving? (him)
11) When you don't help others, who are you not serving? (Jesus)
Pray: "Dear Jesus, thank you for teaching us what it means to really follow you. Help us to trust you and to do good to those we meet. Amen."
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