October 15, 2017

NT 09 Jesus is Tempted

Reference: Luke 4:1-13

Story Summary:
     After Jesus was baptized, God's Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After Jesus fasted for 40 days, the devil arrived to tempt him.
     The devil told Jesus to take some stones and turn them into bread to eat. But Jesus didn't give in. He said, "God's Word tells us that people don't live on bread alone, but on God's Word."
     The devil then showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world. He told Jesus he'd place him in charge of all of them, as long as Jesus would bow down and worship him. But Jesus said, "God's Word tells us to only worship the Lord God." Jesus didn't give into the devil's temptation.
     Then the devil took Jesus to the top of the temple. He told Jesus to jump off of it. The devil even twisted a Bible verse to make it sound like God wanted Jesus to jump off of buildings so angels could catch him. But Jesus didn't give in. He said, "God's Word tells us to not put God to test."
     After tempting Jesus the devil left him. God then sent angels to take care of Jesus.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus was tempted, but he never sinned!
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Tempted - put a sneaky look on your face and make a “Hey, come over here” gesture with your hands
Never - wag your finger “no”
Sinned - two thumbs down

Verse / Motions: Hebrew 2:18, ESV - For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
He - form a cross with your forearms (because “he” is Jesus)
Suffered - wring your hands and look like you’re in agony
Tempted - put a sneaky look on your face and make a “come here” gesture with your hands
Help - reach down and pretend to pull someone up from the ground.
Being tempted - same as above

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Where was Jesus in today’s story? // The desert/wilderness.
What did Jesus not do for 40 days? // Eat.
Who came to tempt Jesus? // The devil.
How many times did the devil tempt Jesus? // Three
What did the devil tell Jesus to do to the stones? // Turn them to bread.
The devil said he’d make Jesus king of the world, if he would...? // Bow down and worship the devil
What did the devil tell Jesus to do at the temple? // Jump off the top, see if God would send angels to catch
When Jesus said, “It is written...”, what did that mean? // He was saying something from the Bible.
Did Jesus ever give into any temptation? // No
What are the things we should remember when we’re tempted? // Jesus will help us, God gives a way out, The Devil will run away if we stand up to him, Jesus died to pay for our sins

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - https://goo.gl/2WhupS
Resources - https://goo.gl/C4OatP

October 8, 2017

NT 08 The Baptism of Jesus

Reference: Matthew 3:13-17

Story Summary:
     John the Baptist preached in the wilderness. He told the people to repent of their sins and be baptized. One day, Jesus came to John and asked to be baptized.
     John couldn't believe this. "I shouldn't baptize you," he said. "In fact, I need to be baptized by you!" But Jesus told John that it was important for him to be baptized, to fulfill all the righteous and good things God wanted him to do. So, John agreed to baptize Jesus.
     When John brought Jesus out of the water, the heavens opened. The Spirit of God came down from heaven and rested on Jesus' shoulders like a dove. And God the Father spoke from heaven, "This is my Son; I am very pleased with him."
     All of the other people John had baptized were sinners who needed to repent of the times they had disobeyed God. But Jesus never sinned, so he didn't have anything to repent of. But Jesus was baptized because he came to save us. And to save us, he needed to do two things. He needed to obey God perfectly in our place and die to pay the punishment for our sins.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus came to obey perfectly and die for sinners.
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Obey - form an O with your arms above your head
Perfectly - make the A-Okay sign with the thumb and index finger of one hand
Die - cross your forearms in an X over your chest and tip your head forward
Sinners - two thumbs down

Verse / Motions: 1 Timothy 1:15, ESV - ...Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.
Christ Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Came into - gesture with your arm like you’re waving someone over
Save - make the baseball “safe” sign
Sinners - two thumbs down
I am - point to yourself with two thumbs
Foremost - hold up 1 finger (since “foremost” means “number one”)

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who did Jesus go to in today’s story? // John the Baptist
What did Jesus ask John to do? // Baptize him
What did John say to Jesus when he asked to be baptized? // I can’t baptize you; you should baptize me
What did Jesus say after John said ‘No.”? // It’s the right thing to do; it’s part of God’s holy plan
What did the heavens do when Jesus was baptized? // They opened
What did the Holy Spirit do when Jesus was baptized? // Came down and rested on him like a dove
What did God the Father say when Jesus was baptized? // This is my Son, I love him, I’m pleased with him
Did Jesus need to repent of his sins or be forgiven? Why or why not? // No, because he never sinned
What special word means that God is three persons in one? // Trinity
Who are the three persons who are God? // The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - https://goo.gl/j71BqI
Resources - https://goo.gl/iXqST3

October 1, 2017

NT 07 John the Baptist

Reference: Matthew 3:1-12, Mark 1:1-8

Story Summary:
     Before John was born, an angel told his father that he would be a messenger who would prepare the way for the Lord. Hundreds of years before John was born, the prophets Isaiah and Malachi wrote about John, that he would be God's messenger, who would prepare the way for the Lord.
     When John grew, he lived in the wilderness and people came to hear him preach. He wore camel-skin clothes, and ate locusts and honey. When John preached, he told the people to repent, or turn from, their sins. When they did, he would baptize them in the Jordan River, dipping them under the water and bringing them out again.
     One time when John was preaching, he said that someone greater than him was going to come, someone who was so great that he wouldn't be worthy of untying his shoes. That person was Jesus, God's Son, who came to earth to die for our sins.
     Because John baptized so many people, we call him John the Baptist. He was a messenger who helped prepare the way for Jesus by telling people to repent of their sins.

Big Idea and Motions: Repent of your sins and be baptized.
Repent - take a step in one direction, pivot your feet and turn around
Sins - two thumbs down
Baptized - pretend to take hold of a person’s body, dunk them under the water, and bring them back up

Verse / Motions: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, ESV - Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day...
Christ Died - form a cross with your forearms
Sins - two thumbs down
Scriptures - pretend to open a book
Buried - pretend to dig with a shovel
Rose - gesture upward with both palms
Third - hold up three fingers

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Where did John preach? // In the wilderness.
What did John wear? // Camel-hair clothes.
What did John eat? // Honey and locusts.
What did John tell the people to do? // Repent, be baptized.
What did John say God would do if people repented? // Forgive their sins.
What does it mean to be baptized? // Dunked under water in God’s name.
What special name do we give to John? Why? // John the Baptist, because he baptized people
What does baptism show us? // Our sins have been washed away, Jesus died and rose again for our sins.
Who is baptism for? // People who’ve repented of their sins and believe in Jesus.
What does baptism show us? // Our sins have been washed away, we’ve died and risen with Jesus

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/w00CLX
Resources - http://goo.gl/aQzML5

September 25, 2017

NT 06 Young Jesus at the Temple

Reference: Luke 2:39-52

Story Summary:
     When Jesus was twelve, he left his hometown of Nazareth with his family. They travelled to the city of Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover. When the celebration was over, the family headed back to Nazareth. However, they accidentally left Jesus behind.
     When Mary and Joseph realized their mistake, they headed back right away to Jerusalem. They searched for three days until they found Jesus. He had been at the temple, talking with the teachers there. The answers Jesus gave amazed the people at the temple.
     Mary said to Jesus, "Son, why have you treated us like this?" Jesus replied, "Why were you looking for me? Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" Jesus was talking about the temple, the special place where God promised to meet with the Israelites. He was reminding his mother Mary that his father was God himself.
     Jesus returned to Nazareth with his family. There, he obeyed his parents. He grew stronger and wiser. And he grew in favor with God and with people.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus came in human skin to save us from our sins.
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Human skin - pinch some skin on your arm or neck
Save - make the baseball “Safe!” sign
Sins - two thumbs down

Verse / Motions: John 1:14, ESV -  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory
Word - form a cross with your arms
Flesh - squeeze some part of your body
Dwelt - rest your head on your hands like a pillow
Among us - point to yourself with both thumbs
Seen - put your hand above your eyes and look round
Glory - wiggle your hands above your head

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What town did Jesus grow up in? // Nazareth
How old was Jesus in today’s story? // 12
What city did Jesus’ family travel to? // Jerusalem
Who did Mary and Joseph forget on the way back from Jerusalem? // Jesus
What was Jesus doing in Jerusalem by himself? // At the temple, asking questions of the teachers
Did Jesus disobey his parents? // No
How many days did it take Mary and Joseph to find Jesus? // 3
What did the teachers think of Jesus’ answers? // They were amazed
Who was Jesus’ father? // God
Did Jesus have to grow, learn, and obey his parents like a regular kid? // Yes

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/bV3Zat
Resources - http://goo.gl/U6z4cx

September 18, 2017

NT 05 Magi Visit Jesus

Reference: Matthew 2:1-12

Story Summary:
   The magi were wise men from the east. They studied lots of things, including the stars. One day, they saw a special star God placed in the sky. They were certain that this meant a new king for the Jews had been born.
   The magi followed this star to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?” When evil King Herod heard about this, he asked the Bible experts where the Christ, the savior and king God had promised to send, would be born. They said, “In Bethlehem.”
     Herod told them to go and find the child so that he, too, could go visit him. However, Herod secretly began planning how to get rid of this newborn "king."
   The magi followed the star until it stopped over a house. Inside, they found a child named Jesus and his mother, Mary. There they bowed down and worshipped him. They also gave him expensive gifts for a king: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Later, God warned them in a dream  to not return to Herod, but to go back home by a different route.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus is the Christ: our Savior and our King!
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Christ - pretend to anoint your own head with oil
Savior - do the baseball “safe!” sign
King - pretend to put a crown on your head

Verse / Motions: Philippians 2:10-11, ESV - ...every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord...
Knee should bow - drop to your knees, then stand up
Heaven - reach up high and jump
Earth - reach down and pat the ground
Under the earth - pretend to dig with a shovel
Tongue - grab your tongue
Jesus is Lord - point up three times, once for each word

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who were the magi? // Wise men who looked at the stars to learn about God and the future.
What did the magi think the special star in the sky meant? // A new king for the jews was born.
Who was upset when he heard the magi were looking for a new king? // King Herod
Where did the Bible experts say the Christ was going to be born? // Bethlehem
What does “Christ” mean? // The anointed one; the savior and king God promised to send
Over whose house did the star stop? // Jesus’ house.
What did the magi do at Jesus’ house? // Bow down and worship, give him gifts for a king
What gifts did the magi bring them? // Gold, frankincense, myrrh
What did God tell the magi to do in their dream? // Don’t go to Herod, go home a different way

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/wY4Um4
Resources - http://goo.gl/eNu6Iv

September 10, 2017

NT 04 The Shepherds Visit Jesus

Reference: Luke 2:8-20

Story Summary: 
     The night that Jesus was born, shepherds were in a field, watching their sheep at night. An angel appeared to them and God's glory shone around. The shepherds were terrified.
     The angel came with a message: a savior had been born in the town of Bethlehem. This savior was the Christ, God's special savior. The angel told them how to find this child: he would be wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger, an animal's eating dish. Then a whole big group of angels appeared and began to praise God before returning to heaven.
     The shepherds left to find out if the angel's news was true. They came to where Mary, Joseph, and Jesus were. And they found a child lying in a manger just like they were told.
     The shepherds were so excited that they went around telling everyone what they had seen and heard. All the people who heard the news were amazed. And Jesus' mother Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart.

Big Idea and Motions: The good news of Christmas is Jesus is Savior.
Good News - cup your hands around your mouth, like you’re sharing the news
Christmas - form the letter “c” with your arms
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Savior - do the baseball “safe” sign

Verse / Motions: Luke 2:11, ESV - For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
You - point to another person
Born - pretend to cradle a baby
City of David - touch your fingertips together to form a “rooftop,” separate them, then form a rooftop again*
Savior - make the baseball “safe” sign
Christ - form a cross with your forearms (for Jesus)
Lord - point up
* This is the ASL sign for “city”.

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who were out in the fields, watching their sheep at night? // Shepherds
Who appeared to the shepherd? // An angel
What good news did the Angel tell the shepherds? // A savior is born
What is the “city of David”? // Bethlehem
What did the Angel tell the shepherds to look for in Bethlehem? // A baby, in cloths, lying in a manger
Who appeared with the first angel? // A large group of angels
Who did the shepherds find in Bethlehem? // Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, in a manger
Who did the shepherds go tell about Jesus? // Everyone
How did the people react to the shepherds’ news? // They were amazed
What did Mary think of all this? // She remembered these things like a treasure in her heart

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/mqxIYF
Resources - http://goo.gl/pyDB6G

September 3, 2017

NT 03 The Birth of Jesus

Reference: Luke 2:1-7

Story Summary:
     An angel had appeared to a young girl named Mary. He told her that she would have a special child; he would be God's Son. And soon after that, Mary became pregnant by the power of God's Holy Spirit. Mary was also engaged to a man named Joseph.
   During that time, Caesar Augustus made a law requiring everyone to return to their hometown. They had to sign their name on a list so that they could be taxed.
   So Joseph and Mary returned to Bethlehem, Joseph's hometown. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born. Mary gave birth to a son. She named him Jesus, the name the angel had told her to give him.
   Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling cloths. Since there was no room for them to stay at the inn, she laid him in a manger, a box normally used to hold food for animals.
   Jesus is God's Son. He came to earth as a human being because he had a special mission. He came to save us from our sins.
   When Jesus grew up, he saved us by dying on the cross. He died to pay the punishment for the sins of others.

Big Idea and Motions: God sent his Son to save us from sin
God - point up
Son - pretend to cradle a baby
Save - make the baseball “safe” sign
Sin - two thumbs down

Verse / Motions: Matthew 1:21, ESV - She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.
Bear - squeeze your belly
Son - pretend to cradle a baby
Call - pretend to call on a phone
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Save - make the baseball “Safe!” sign
Sins - two thumbs down

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What did Caesar Augustus make everyone do? // Go and sign a list so they could be taxed.
What town did Mary and Joseph need to travel to? // Bethlehem.
What happened to Mary while they were in Bethlehem? // Time for the baby to be born.
What did they place Jesus in when he was born? // A manger.
What is a manger? // An animal’s food dish
Why did they have to place Jesus in a manger? // Because there was no room in the inn.
What does Jesus’ name mean? // Savior.
Who is Jesus’ father? // God
What did Jesus come to save us from? // Sin.
How did Jesus pay the price to save us from sin? // By dying on a cross.

Google Docs Links
Lesson - https://goo.gl/PR2yni
Resources - http://goo.gl/W6UQE3