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Middle School Lesson

September 13, 2020

Back 2 school – lesson 5

Writers: Matt Morgan & Nick Diliberto; Project Supervisor: Nick Diliberto; Editor: Tom Helm; Graphic Designer: Creative Juice Graphic Design; Created by PreteenMinistry.net
 Week 5: Light of the World

Bible: John 8:12; Romans 3:23; Colossians 3:13–14; Matthew 5:14–16
Bottom Line: Let your light shine

Read Matthew 5:16. This is one of the verses we’ll be looking at today, so let’s get started.
This is week 5 of our Back 2 School series, and we’ve been learning some amazing things. So far, we’ve talked about some big issues that you face at school. We’ve talked about peer pressure, the power of our words, showing respect for those in authority. Last week, we talked about showing the same forgiveness to others that God has shown to us.
 Throughout the series, our discussions have focused on how to model your faith every day in your school. Your school is a mission field. It is a place where you can share the love of Jesus with hundreds of people. You probably sit next to people every day who are dealing with hurt and pain in their lives. Whether we’re able to verbally talk about the Gospel with them or not, our actions can tell them the wondrous story of how much God loves you and how much He loves them.
 The Bible often uses the comparison of light vs. dark. When we watch a movie or a TV shows, they will often use the same comparison. How many of you have watched Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon? The cartoon series launched a few years ago after the movie came out. Let’s watch the trailer for the movie.
 
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In the movie and cartoon series, Anakin Skywalker is a Jedi Night who becomes a hero in the galaxy and becomes known as “The Hero with no fear.” He is the main hero in The Clone Wars and fights against those on the “dark side” of the Force. He symbolizes hope, or light, for many. However, he eventually falls over to the “dark side” and becomes Darth Vader. As Darth Vader he wears all black, symbolizing the “dark side” of the Force.
Where do you think the makers of Star Wars: The Clone Wars got this idea to use dark vs. light?
It came from the Bible. The Bible compares sin to darkness, and Jesus as the Light. Jesus was once talking to a group of people, and this is what He told them…
Read John 8:12.
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
 
Romans 3:23 declares that we are ALL sinners. We all have disobeyed God’s commandments, which is sin. So, that makes us sinners. When the Bible talks about sin and our sinful nature, it compares these things to darkness.
 When we choose to place our faith in Jesus, the Bible says that we move from the darkness into the light. Listen to what Colossians 1:13–14 says.
Read Colossians 1:13–14:
 “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
 
God loved us so much that he has rescued us from sin.
As Christians, we are called to be light to the world. You are called to, let your light shine for others. One day, huge crowds gathered to hear Jesus teach. Listen to what Jesus said to His followers. Matthew 5:14–16 says,
 
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
 
We are the light of the world. Jesus has commanded us to shine so that others will see Him and know more about Him. It is our job to let our light shine for others. There is something really cool about light and how it penetrates darkness. Let me show you what I mean.

If possible, turn off all lights in the room. Light a candle. You can also use a flashlight to represent the light. After you’ve turned off the lights and lit the candle, pause for a few moments without saying anything. After a few moments of silence, turn on the lights and move on with the lesson
 
When you lit the candle, how many of you looked at it? Did any of you look around at the darkness? No, we don’t stare at darkness. We stare at light! In those few moments that the candle was burning, you were attracted to the light. Your eyes were drawn to it because it stood out in the middle of the darkness.
 God’s desire is for us to be that kind of light. In your school, you are called to be an example of His love that attracts others. You are a light that makes others want to know more about Him and have a relationship with Him. Jesus said not to hide the light, but to “let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
 Are you standing out as a light to the world? Or are you looking more like the rest of the darkness because your light is hidden? Remember that Jesus has said, let your light shine for others! We’re going to wrap up our teaching time in a special way today. I want each of you to take a sheet of paper and a pencil. We’re going to take a few moments to write down some ways that we can be a light in our school. It could be that there are some wrong things you need to stop doing or maybe there are some good things that you need to start doing.
 
While you write, play a music video for a song from Kari Jobe. The song is called “We Are,” and it is a great reminder of what Jesus has called us to be.
 
While you brainstorm ways to be a light in your school, play the music video “We Are” by Kari Jobe. The video lasts 3 minutes and 37 seconds. The video is available on YouTube at this link:  http://youtu.be/B07iK9uh9qY.
 
I hope you were able to think of some great ways to let your light shine in your school.
What did you write down on your sheet of paper?

Open up your Bibles and read Matthew 5:14–16:
 
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
 
Discuss the following questions:
·         What does light symbolize to you?
·         Why do you think God chose light as an illustration in this passage?
·         What do you think it means in our lives to light a lamp and put it under a bowl?
·         What do you think the last sentence means (“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”)?

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