|Now put them in groups of 2-3 and ask them to come up with a skit that illustrates bad motives for doing any of the above things. Give them 5 minutes to get their skits worked out.
Connect (15 minutes)
Now give the youth a chance to act out their skits. Follow up on the skits with these questions:
Transition into the Exploring the Bible time with this statement, "The apostle Paul knew that Christians would be tempted to do the right things for the wrong reasons. And he knew that we could make a mistake in two different directions. Let’s look at Ephesians 2 to see how he handles this sticky issue."
- Do you think a lot of people do good things for bad reasons? How prevalent are these motives?
- Do you think Christians have pure motives 100% of the time? Is that possible?
- When does the occasional “bad motive” for doing good things become a true problem?
Explore the Bible (15-20 minutes)
Ask one of the youth to read Ephesians 2:1-10. Ask them, "What did you notice as you listened to
these verses?" Go to the white board and write down all their responses. Look at their comments
and see if you can combine some of them. Do the following points emerge? If so, highlight that. If
not, make these points yourself:
- We are all sinners and have disobeyed God (even if we were raised in Christian family).
- God loves us and therefore made us alive through Jesus Christ.
- We do not deserve this gift and can only take it by our faith.
- We do the works for God not to get salvation but because it is our natural response to his love.