Confirmation Day 6:
Caring For Faith Within the Congregation
Day 6, Lesson 4: Caring for One Another
First we should love God; We should love our neighbor as ourselves
Describe how God’s love prompts me to help others
Confirmation Exercise Questions
When we see our neighbor suff’ring, / When he lacks necessities, / May we share our many blessings, / All the gifts that we receive. / May we comfort him who struggles, / That he never weeps alone. / May we tell him of the Savior / Seated at the mercy throne. (SHZ 412 v.3)
“Am I my brother's keeper?” (Genesis 4:9)
Additional Reference Material
Gen. 4:1-15; Gen. 23:2-6; Sam. 12-13; Matt. 7:12; 18:15-20; Luke 7:36-50; Luke 10:25-37; Luke 22:54-62; John 16:13; John 21:17; Rom. 12:10, 14-18; 1 Cor. 2:1-5; 2 Cor. 5:19,20; Gal. 1:6,7; 6:1,2; Eph. 4:1-5, 32; Col. 3:16; Heb. 12:1,2; 1Pet. 2:9.
ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS
Joseph’s faith engendered love, which gave strength to forgive and care for others
The Good Samaritan used his time, skills and money for the good of one that needed help
The love that God gave as a gift teaches us to accept ourselves and our neighbors as unique persons created by God
Valuing diversity does not mean approving of sin and an indecent life
Continuous criticism, suppression, and derision of another person and cold indifference are foreign to the neighborly love that is the fruit of true faith.
Neighborly love is being near, listening, but also caring and desiring to help when needed
Neighborly love gives us a readiness to meet a diversity of cultures with an open mind.
A person who has set out on a different road in faith matters may long for contact with believers. Learn to discuss in such a confidential, secure manner so that a person could openly ask questions and even question matters. Search for answers within the congregation of God.
It is our task to convey the Redeemer’s loving invitation. A penitent sinner can believe sins forgiven unconditionally in the gospel proclaimed from the Kingdom of God.
How to Approach Another Person, Aimo Helen, SRK Speakers and Elders meeting at Summer Services 2013;
How to Approach Another Person, Keith Waaraniemi, LLC Summer Services 2014 (Presentation based on Aimo’s Introduction);
Crossing the Current: Neighborliness–An Individual and Worldwide Matter;
Crossing the Current: Neighborliness – A Neighbor in Need, J. Bloomquist, pages 98-99;
The Sheepfold Tender: Bear One Another’s Burdens, D. Lahti, p. 143-147;
VZ: A Brother’s Keeper, Youth Page (several articles), Jul 1999, page 8