High School Lesson Review

Here is a direct copy of the handout the students will be given tonight.  

“We may give our human loves the unconditional allegiance which we owe only to God. They they become gods: then they become demons. Then they will destroy us, and also destroy themselves. For natural loves that are allowed to become gods do not remain loves. They are still called so, but can become in fact complicated forms of hatred.” 

C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

Genesis 2:18-25

“Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”

Starting with Gen 2:20-25

You are like your grandparents,                       .  This means it does not matter who you are in this world, because                                              .

The (HUGE) implication then is:

So, like Adam and Eve, you have (biblically) a                                               that is as true for you now as it will be when you are 90.

Everyone longs for three things:

1.

2.

3.

These three things are the definition of what it means to be human.  Denying this is unhelpful.  Why?  

Think of it like a hot air balloon….

Now, go back a few verses to v 18.

What does God say it is not good for man to be?

What does this teach us?

How do we resist this? 

-We act super-                      

-We act very                       

C.S. Lewis captures this dilemma that we all face.  So what is he saying?

  • “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable… The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love, is Hell.” 

What about Adam’s words?  Adam’s words are                            .

God knew it was not good for man to be alone.  So when did Adam finally realize this?   

APPLICATION:

While we are made to be in relationships with others, we must remember that these relationships are                                              .  

This goes back to the balloon illustration.  We need both relationships with others and a relationship with God not just because of sin but because it’s what we were made for.  

You were meant to be in relationships. But these relationships will always be 

Have you ever been disappointed with your friends?  How have you found your relationships insufficient?

Your heart was designed to love                        and                                             , and be loved by God.  Without understanding this, any friendships you have will inevitably fail and frustrate you.  The hard question is: When you look at your daily life, do you love people as much as you love God? Or do you love people more than God?

This text implies that until you recognize that Jesus loves you and you need relationship with him, everything will be confusing.  Do you think this is true?  Have you ever found yourself confused about your friendships?  Why were they confusing?

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