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Everyone needs Compassion
Text: mark 8:{{{verse}}}
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Topic: Compassion
Author: Amy



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Analysis of the Teaching-Learning Environment When it comes to this project I would offer it up to those who are willing to open their minds and look closer at the Scripture and to pull out new meaning that they might not have noticed before. I usually work with youth group but I would offer this project up for those a little older. The setting I see learning taking place is at a coffee shop near a university, or some place where people would feel comfortable and have the chance to snack. The ideal age would be around, but not limited to, 18-30 and it would be nice to have both men and women from different cultures so that the discussions would be more insightful. First, there would be an opening prayer asking the Spirit to open everyone’s minds and letting the Lords will be done. There would be a disclaimer that this is a learning environment and there should be no arguments nor should people feel threatened. It would be a very open place where people would feel comfortable expressing their thoughts ideas about the scripture and how it relates to their own lives. Teaching would occur with the direct reading of the Scripture and then a history behind the when the scripture was written. We would then discuss why the scripture was written and make it a discussion amongst everyone rather than a teacher just lecture to some students. Since there are multiple lectures this project would continue on for a couple of days and there can recaps of what was previously studied. Since it is in an open setting people might feel free to join in.

Unit Design Compassion (Learn it, Love it, Live it) Objective: Students should understand that through Jesus anything is possible and that they should learn from his compassion for others. Lesson 1: Introduction, “What do you really know?”: What is exegesis? It is a critical explanation or interpretation of text. Read the entire gospel of Mark. What things can we pull? Talk about the Author and the Culture. Lesson 2: Miracles can happen: Look at how many miracles are performed in Mark. For this portion we are going to look at Mark 8:1-10, Jesus fed a multitude with just a couple pieces of fish and bread. Can we see that through Jesus all things are possible? Lesson 3: A Deeper Understanding: Get into the study of when and why the scripture was written. See that different meanings can be pulled, and not just one. We should feed those who are hungry (physically and spiritually). There are two accounts of feeding the multitude. Mark 6:30-44 and Mark 8:1-10. Mark 8:1-10 was for the Gentiles and Mark 6:30-44 was for the Jews, any thoughts? Lesson 4: Spreading the Love: What is the Scripture telling us now? How can we take the Scripture and use is? Read Mark 16. What do you pull? “He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark16:15-16. How it relates back to feeding the multitude.

A detailed lesson plan Lesson 3: Spreading the Love Mighty to Save: Hill song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08YZF87OBQ) “Everyone Needs Compassion” When we read Mark, what is the man message do we pull from the end? “He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Mark16:15-16 There is a message to spread the word. As Christians shouldn’t we be trying to help those around us find Jesus? Shouldn’t we take compassion for those who are hungry to learn, and help teach them? How are we doing this? Let us tie this in to Mark 8:1-10. Let us read. Mark 8:1-10 (NIV)

“ During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, "I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance." His disciples answered, "But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?" "How many loaves do you have?" Jesus asked. "Seven," they replied. He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people, and they did so. They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. About four thousand men were present. And having sent them away, he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha”

Jesus was feeding the people who were hungry. Jesus had compassion for those. With the theme of compassion though, what does this passage mean for Christians? People should be feeding others with the message and the love of Jesus. Christians should be out “feeding” new disciples and have compassion for them. With a discussion of compassion, there should be a questioned asked, first of all what is compassion? Compassion is “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering (Merriam-Webster). It is not only here in the Bible that was see the idea of compassion but it can be found all over the scriptures.

“Our Compassionate Provider” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBmzVsfM_W8 

Where else do we see Jesus teaching about compassion? From the Old Testament Exodus 3:7-8 “The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey-the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Preizzites, Hivites and Jebusites” What do you get from this passage? If we were made in the image of God, shouldn’t we not try to try and help those suffering? Philippians 2:4 “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” What do you get from this passage? Here, in Philippians, we are told that we should be worried about others and not only ourselves, as it was plainly put. We should not be selfish. From the New Testament Matthew 18:13-34 "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. "The servant fell on his knees before him. ’Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. "His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' "But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed” What do you get from this passage? Here, in Matthew 18, Jesus is telling a parable that shows people that if God shows compassion to them, that they should be showing compassion to others. This was a direct teaching form Jesus. More from Mark Mark 6:31-44 “Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, "Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest. So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. "This is a remote place," they said, "and it's already very late. Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat." But he answered, "You give them something to eat. They said to him, "That would take eight months of a man's wages! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat? How many loaves do you have?" he asked. Go and see. When they found out, they said, "Five—and two fish." Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand” Feeding the people seemed to be an important theme for the author of Mark, even though we do not really know who “he” is. Conclusion Are we having compassion for others? What are we doing to help? We can see the need for compassion in both the Old and New Testaments. Ideas for Activities The class maybe might think about working at a homeless shelter. The class may work on gathering food for the homeless. www.TheVolunteerFamily.org/Homeless www.alphaproject.org Curriculum piece Since learning is not happening in a classroom setting, the curriculum is really made up by the students involved. So as a “teacher” of this project there needs to be a lot of organization. The students need to take the basics out from the lessons but still be able to come at it and think of it in different ways. 1. Involved in Discussion: Are the students able discuss the ideas of the lesson that push educational boundaries and are they able to understand each other? Are they able to give their own individual insight? 2. Basics: Are the students able to recall educational aspects, such as: the author of Mark, who the passage was talking to and are they able to understand that culture behind it. 3. For now: Are the students able to relate the message to modern day? Can they see ways to better themselves and others around them? 4. Activities: Are the students thinking about, or have they done, some volunteer activities?