In this activity, pupils will consider the question ‘What motivates a Christian to love others? This will develop their understanding of Jesus’ commandment to ‘love God and your neighbour as yourself’ in Christian living. They do this by examining examples from the Gospels, including the parable of the Good Samaritan.
They will be able to answer questions about the example that Jesus showed in following these commandments, as it is recorded in the Bible, his role as a Saviour and servant to all mankind in Christian thinking.
Pupils will investigate how this inspires Christians to follow Jesus, to participate in church life and share in loving other people in their local communities and overseas.
What are the key beliefs in Christianity?
What did Jesus say about rules?
What motivates a Christian to love others?
- To understand the key beliefs in Christianity?
- To identify why Jesus is important to Christians today?
What are the key beliefs of Christianity? How many rules are there? (compare Judaism (366) and Islam(600+)
Place your bets – envelope on whiteboard. Guess how many?
N.B The Ten commandments are Old Testament(OT)– Old Mosaic Law pre Jesus. The Two commandments in the New Testament that Jesus quoted as being the rules of Christianity to guarantee eternal life, come from the Old Testament: Luke 10 v 25-28
Christians believe that Jesus said the two greatest of God’s commandments are: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and love your neighbour as yourself’ . Jesus illustrated it with ‘The Parable of the Good Samaritan’ Luke 10 v 30-37 , which Christians believe is one example that they should follow. See the story illustrated in the windows of Chartres Cathedral.
Ask pupils if they had to have only two school rules, which would be the most important, ie make the greatest impact on people’s lives?
A Christian believer is motivated to love God and love others because of the depth of divine love for people expressed in Jesus life and death on the cross, and the way it opens a spiritual path from despair to hope, from death to life.
What does it mean to believe in this salvation and follow Jesus teaching and example? How does it affect the worship, values and actions of a Christian believer?
Varied answers come from within the Christian community.
Invite a leader or representative from the local church to talk to the class about why Jesus is important to them and the difference that believing in Jesus makes to their life e.g. loving their neighbour.
How does the ‘Parable of the good Samaritan’ help them understand how to love others?
Point out how radical and counter cultural Jesus was eg. challenging religious leaders, healing on the Sabbath, eating with people from all walks of life. Students to ask questions to the visitor. If possible record these visits, with pupils as camera operators.
Pupils re write the Parable of the Good Samaritan in a modern context, based on what the faith representative said about how the story could inspire people to follow Jesus example today. Pupils consider if anyone is as important to them, and discuss what makes a person matter to others in this kind of way.
- Identify the impact that believing Jesus is the saviour will have on a Christian’s life
- Ask important questions about religion and beliefs, making links between their own and other’s responses
- Describe what inspires and influences themselves and others
- Recognise where the Two commandments come from and why Jesus mentioned these.
Resources and Points to note
Two commandments for Christianity: Luke 10 v 25-28
Resources to support background concept: ‘God so loved the world that he gave his son Jesus to die for the sins of the world:
Useful Bible references: