Big Idea: CPR – God care, God protects, and God rescues.
Memory Verse: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink” – John 7:37
Bible Story Focus: John Baptizes Jesus
Lesson Overview: In this lesson, kids will learn about Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. Kids will learn that one way God showed love and care for His people is by sending His Son, Jesus, to rescue them from their sin.
I Can See from I Count on You CD
Jesus Loves Me
Big Idea: CPR – God cares, God protects, and God rescues.
Memory Verse: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” – John 7:37.
Bible Story Focus: John Baptizes Jesus | Matthew 3:13-17
In this lesson, kids will learn about Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. In the midst of celebrating Father’s Day, children will hear that Jesus is the Son of God. Kids will learn that Father’s love their sons and one way God showed love and care for His people is by sending His Son, Jesus, to rescue them from their sin. Children will continue to learn that Jesus is the only one that can quench our thirsty hearts.
“I Can See” from I Count on You CD
“Shout” from Little Praise Party
Preschoolers will watch a short video from a recent Crossing baptism service. They will also make something fun for their father.
Book Title: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs retold by Cynthia Rylant
Key Concept: Jesus rescues us. One day our prince, King Jesus, will come. When we believe in Him, he raises us to life when we are dead in our sin.
Verse: Colossians 2:12 (NIRV) “When you were baptized, you were buried together with him. You were raised to life together with him by believing in God’s power. God raised Jesus from the dead.”
Summary: An evil queen cares about only one thing—that she was fairest of all. When she learns that Snow White’s beauty is greater, she sets out to destroy the girl. It is then that Snow White finds herself lost. Then, she finds her way to seven little men who change her life forever. They grow to love her as she does them. When the Queen returns and all seems lost, love saves the day once more. Even in death, the prince can rescue Snow White.
Activity: (Art) While listening to the song, You Alone Can Rescue(Matt Redman), children will create a picture of Jesus as their Rescuer using the medium of oil pastels.
Objectives: At the end of the unit, children will be able to:
- That all great art contains an “echo of Eden”—memories of a good creation, the tragedy of our current condition, and a longing for redemption
- How to use literature to notice Gospel themes, find common ground with others, and discuss these truths in winsome ways.
- To enjoy literature, engage in culture, and understand what it means to be created in the image of a creative God.
- To learn how to “hunt and gather truth” in a variety of contexts.
- The Gospel is not just for saving souls, but redeeming all of creation.
Grapple Question: What if I Fail?
Kids Learn: God Is Full of Grace
Dig Into the Bible: 1 Kings 8:44-51; Matthew 17:14-20; 26:31-35, 69-75; John 21:15-19; Philippians 3:12-14
Explore this question with your preteen: What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Try out for the Olympics? Sing a solo in your school play? Climb Mount Everest?
Fear of failure holds us back from trying a lot of things. But God is full of grace! Even when we mess up, he loves us. Read Philippians 3:12-14 with your preteen. Then encourage your preteen to make a commitment to try one risky thing this week (invite a friend to church, post Bible verses on his or her desk or locker, and so on). Check in with your preteen at the end of the week to see how it went!