Big Idea: God sent us Jesus!
Memory Verse: “…A Savior has been born…” Luke 2:11
Bible Story Focus: Birth of Jesus
Lesson Overview: Children will hear the story of Jesus’ birth from the angel coming to Mary through the Magi visiting with gifts. Kids will understand that Jesus is the one true King and has come to rescue all of His people. They will learn that the star in the sky showed the shepherd and the wise men how to get to Jesus.
Monthly Topic: Christmas throughout the Bible
Big Idea: God keeps His promises; He sent us Jesus just as He said He would.
Memory Verse: “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said” – Matthew 1:22
Bible Story Focus: Jesus came from the family of Jesse | Isaiah 11
Lesson Overview: In this lesson, children will take a look at Isaiah 11:1, when God tells the prophet that Jesus (the Branch) will come from the line of Jesse, David’s father. Children will look at a family tree of Jesus’ life from Luke chapter 3 so they can see that all of these things happened just like God said it would.
Children at all services will play a messenger game to understand prophesies. Then children at 8:00 and 11:00 will create Jesus’ family tree. At 9:30 children will make a scratch-off tree ornament to take home.
I Wonder Questions
I wonder…what is a prophet?
A prophet is a person that delivers messages for God.
I wonder…who’s family did we talk about today that Jesus came from?
I wonder…can we trust that God always keeps His promises? How?
God showed us many times in the Bible that he always keeps his promises; that’s how we know we can trust him with future promises.
Title of Unit: The Case for Christmas
Unit Overview: Throughout this unit, we will investigate the stories and evidence that confirm that Jesus is the Savior of the world sent by God to redeem his people from their sins. We will learn the seemingly impossible stories of Mary and Joseph, Zechariah and Elizabeth, the shepherds in the fields, Simeon and Anna the Prophetess, and the Wise Men that all fulfill the prophecies in the Old Testament from nearly 700 years earlier. Children will learn and respond to the fact that the miraculous Christmas story is a true event that happened in history; and, as a result of Jesus’ birth, the lives of all who believe in Him as their Savior are changed forever.
Key Concept of Unit: We can believe and rejoice that Jesus was indeed the baby sent by God to be the Savior of the world.
Memory Verse for Unit: Luke 1:10-11, “’I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”
Objectives for Unit:
- The story of Christmas is a part of God’s Big Story. As we learned in Genesis, because of the Fall, sin messed up God’s perfect Creation and separates us from God. We all deserve death now (Romans 3:23; 6:23). But the story didn’t end there! God had a rescue plan from the very beginning to send his own Son Jesus to save His people from their sin and restore our relationship with him (John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:15-20).
- The Christmas story is a true event in history. Although seemingly impossible, the Christmas story is a true event that happened in history (Luke 1:1-5). From the strong biblical evidence and personal witness stories, we can be certain that Jesus was the baby sent to be the Savior of the world and save us from our sins. Nothing is impossible with God! (Luke 1:37)
- The Christmas story is Good News for those who believe that Jesus is their Savior. (Luke 2:10-11)
- A right heart response is to serve, worship and rejoice over Jesus at Christmas. Like many of those who first witnessed Jesus’ birth and believed in him as the Savior of the world (i.e. Mary, Zechariah, Simeon, the shepherds, the angels, the Wise Men), a right response is to serve, worship, and praise him with hearts of joy at Christmas time.
Zecheriah and Elizabeth (Music): In this lesson, children will investigate the Christmas story through the eyes of Zechariah and Elizabeth. After hearing the story, they will listen to and discuss the song “My Soul Magnifies the Lord” and create their own motions.
Mary and Joseph (Drama): In this lesson, children will investigate the Christmas story through the eyes of Mary and Joseph by reviewing the memory verse and acting the story out.
Shepherds (Scavenger Hunt): In this lesson, children will investigate the Christmas story through the eyes of the Shepherds through a scavenger hunt game called “Search for the Savior.”
Simeon and Anna (Craft): In this lesson, children will investigate the Christmas story through the eyes of Simeon and Anna the Prophetess by reading the story and creating a Christmas Cootie Catcher to take home and use for Family Worship.
Wisemen (Game): In this lesson, children will investigate the Christmas story through the eyes of the Wise Men by watching the story and playing a game called “Pass the Present.”
Grapple Question: How Is the Bible Different From Other Books?
Kids Learn: The Bible Is a Message From God
Dig Into the Bible: Psalm 19:7-11; John 20:30-31; Romans 1:16-17
How can you get kids lugging around a stack of heavy textbooks in their backpacks excited about the Bible?
Write some of your favorite verses on notecards, and leave them around the house. When your kids find the verses, explain why those verses are important to you and how the Bible has comforted or guided you in your life.
The Bible has the power to change people from the inside out—an extreme makeover for the soul. Show your kids your enthusiasm for God’s Word by reading it daily—your actions will have an impact.