Obvious Sins, Obvious good deeds.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 5: 24-25, Matthew 6: 1-4, James 2:14-16, 1 Timothy 4: 12b


PowerPoint:  Optical Illusions:  Simply go through this PowerPoint (1 Timothy 5: 24-25 Lesson PowerPoint) and discuss the optical illusions.

  • Ask: Which ones seemed obvious, and which ones were confusing or tricky.

NOTE:  This PowerPoint contains the entire lesson (1 Timothy 5: 24-25 Lesson PowerPoint)

 Video: The Obvious Test:

Watch this video, and see how you do on the quiz.


Here are some more Obvious tests:




Discussion:  Good, Bad, or I Don’t know. 

Discuss whether the things on the list are Good (a person should do them), Bad (A person should not do them), or I Don’t know (It could be good or bad)


  1. Listening to your parents
  2. Robbing a bank
  3. Tattling on a friend
  4. Drinking Alcohol
  5. Lying to your teacher
  6. Speeding
  7. Smiling as a person of the opposite gender
  8. Watching a Harry Potter Movie
  9. Giving your lunch to a person who is homeless
  10. Making fun of someone.

Read: 1 Timothy 5: 24-25

24 Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. 25 In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.


  • What are some sins that are obvious?
  • What are some sins that will revealed later (secret sins)?
    • Which is the worse type of sin?
  • What are some of the motivation people have for committing obvious sins?
  • What are some of the motivation people have for committing secret sins?
  • What are some good deeds that are obvious?
  • What are some good deeds/ that will revealed later (secret good deeds)?
    • Which is the better type of good deeds?
  • What are some of the motivation people have for committing obvious good deeds?
  • What are some of the motivation people have for committing secret good deeds?

Read: Matthew 6: 1-4 

“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.


  • What is the reward for public good deeds?
  • What is the reward for private good deeds?
  • Why does Jesus suggest that doing private good deeds is better than public good deeds?
  • Do you agree of disagree with this?
  • Why do people feel the need to promote their good deeds?
  • What is more important doing the good deed or the motivation for doing the good deed?
  • Do you tend to do good deeds because it is the right things to do, or because people will praise you?

Read: James 2:14-16

14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing,16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?


  • Is this person committing an obvious sin or an obvious good deed? Why?
  • What does this say about that person’s faith?
  • What does it way about their motivation for doing good?

Application: An Obvious Example:

 Read: 1 Timothy 4: 12b

Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.

Brainstorm:  What are some ways that our youth group can make an obvious impression (while having the right motivation)…

  • in what we say (our word)
  • in the way we live (our actions)
  • in our love (how we treat others)
  • in our faith (what we believe)
  • in our purity (how we care for ourselves)

Make it Personal:  Encourage students to obviously care for people, in ways that are not as obvious.  On a scrap of paper, have them write down one way they can to that this week.

Close in prayer:  Ask God to help your SPY Group members show the love of Christ, with the right motivation.

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