Sample Topical Lesson (Abortion)
Introduction: What are some arguments people give why abortion should be allowed by the government? 引言：人们对于政府为什么应该允许堕胎的问题有何争论？
Theme: What About Abortion? 主题：堕胎会怎样？
Why does God create life?
Background: In Psalm 139:16, the writer talks about how God’s eyes saw his unformed body and had already determined how long his life would be.
Key Verse: Look at 1 Timothy 2:4. God’s will is that all people come to know Jesus as their Savior. Explain what this fact has to do with abortion.
Application: Evaluate: since the matter of salvation is involved when we talk about abortion, our synod’s congregations should publicly oppose abortion and work to pass laws to make it illegal.
Illustration: Passing laws against drunkenness, adultery, etc., doesn’t stop people from doing these things. Laws are not the real answer. People’s hearts need to be changed. So it is with abortion.
1a. Answer: God creates life so that people can live with him eternally in heaven.
What does God say about the fetus in the womb?
Background: In Jer. 1:5, God tells Jeremiah that he formed him in the womb, knew him and set him apart as a prophet to the nations. In Ps. 139:13, God is pictured as knitting the writer’s inner organs together in him. In Lk. 1:41, Luke says John jumped in his mother’s womb when he heard Mary’s greeting!
背景： 耶利米书1:5 ,神告诉耶利米他将耶利米造在腹中，晓得他，并将他分别为圣做列国的先知。在诗139:13,神被描述成作者肺腑的缔造者。路1:41,路加说约翰听见玛利亚问安时，在母腹中跳跃！
Key Verse: Read Exod. 21:22-24. Show how these verses tell us that God considered the fetus in a mother’s womb to be a human being.
Application: Some who call themselves Christians defend abortion by saying that since Scripture nowhere expressly forbids abortion, this issue remains an open question. How would you answer this argument?
Illustration: Scripture doesn’t expressly forbid killing with a gun either.
2a. Answer: God says that the fetus in the womb is a human being.
What does God say about who should decide when a human life should end?
Background: In Php. 1:21-24, Paul says he is torn between going to be with Christ or remaining here in the body which is more necessary for his followers.
Key Verse: Show how Acts 17:25-27 indicates in several ways that a human being’s life is something we are not to tinker with in any way.
Application: What’s wrong here? Many doctors agree that a fetus is not a human being until it can live independently of its mother’s womb. This is a scientific fact that must be considered in determining when an abortion is a sin.
Illustration: In the name of science, many people say that homosexuality is just an alternative lifestyle, that the world came in to being as the result of evolution, ect.
3a. Answer: God says that only he is to decide when a human life should end.
Summary: Let’s have somebody summarize for us the answer God gives in his Word to the question: What about abortion?