World Religions Sunday School Lessons
This is an eight lesson Sunday School series for 8th grade students on World Religions. The purpose of these lessons is to introduce different religions to students while seeking to anchor them in the truth of Christianity. We live in an increasingly global culture, which leads to greater exposure to world religions than in previous generations. These lessons are designed to stir up discussion and point students to the truth of the Gospel as taught in the Bible. These lessons do not dive deeply into other religions but gives basic information about different religions and how those beliefs compare with the teachings in the Bible.
You don’t need to have prior knowledge about the religions covered in this series. The lessons provide you with enough structure and information to lead the class. It is likely that students will ask specific questions about religions, which you may not know the answers to. Feel free to let students know you don’t know the ins and outs of each religion. The goal is not to fully understand each of the religions covered but to provide space for discussion and learning. As you teach this lesson series, keep in mind that it is by the grace of God we know Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). It is easy to look at others’ beliefs and be critical or demeaning. This may also be the tendency of your students. Focus on how you can model a confidence in the truth of the Bible’s message while also not demeaning others individual’s beliefs. Each lesson will center on answering how different religions answer four big life questions:
1. What is the origin of life?
2. What is the meaning of life?
3. What is right and wrong?
4. What happens after death?
The above questions provide a framework as you teach this series. In addition to the lessons, a Teacher’s Guide is provided to help answer questions as well as additional directions for each lesson. The Teacher’s Guide is meant only to be a guide so use as needed. If you are looking for a brief resource to assist you as you teach this series, consider “World Religions: From a Christian Perspective” by Walk Thru the Bible. Walk Thru the Bible also has very helpful charts comparing each of the world religions covered in this series at: www.walkthru.org/wr.
Lesson 1: One Path or Many Paths to Life?
Lesson 2: The Good News: Christianity
Lesson 3: Is there Truth? – New Age Spirituality
Lesson 4: One God, No Jesus: Islam and Judaism
Lesson 5: Are they Christian? – Mormonism and Jehovah Witness
Lesson 6: Many gods: Eastern Religions of Hinduism and Buddhism
Lesson 7: Where They Stand: Comparing Religions
Lesson 8: Why are there so many religions? Living with Boldness and Humility