January 15, 2017

OT 03 The Fall of Man

Reference: Genesis 3

Story Summary:
   After making Adam and Eve, God placed them into a garden: the garden of Eden. In the garden were two special trees: the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
   He told them they could eat from any tree in the garden except for the one in the middle of the garden: the Tree of the Knowledge of the Good and Evil. If they ate from that tree, they would die, God said.
   One day, the devil, in the form of a serpent, came to Eve. The serpent tempted Eve to eat from the forbidden tree. After looking at the fruit of the tree, Eve decided to believe the serpent instead of what God had said. She ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Then, she gave some to her husband, Adam.
   Because they had done evil, God cursed Adam, Eve, and the serpent. The serpent was cursed to crawl on his belly and eventually be defeated by a child of Eve. Eve was cursed with great pain during childbirth. Adam was cursed with hard work. And both of them were cursed with death; they would one day die.

Big Idea and Motions: When Adam and Eve sinned, all people were cursed.
Adam - pretend to itch your beard
Eve - pretend to brush your long hair
Sinned - two thumbs down
All people - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Cursed - punch your palm

Verse / Motions: 1 Corinthians 15:22, ESV - For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
Adam - droop your body and look sad
All - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Die - cross your arms in an X over your chest, bow your head and close your eyes
Christ - form a cross with your forearms
All - same as before
Made alive - thrust your hands in the air and jump up

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Where did God put the man and woman? // In the garden of Eden
What two special trees were in the garden of Eden? // Tree of Life, Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
What trees could Adam and Eve eat from? // Any tree except the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
What did God say would happen if they ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? // They would die
Who told Eve to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil? // The serpent/devil
Who ate the fruit first? Who ate it second? // Eve, then Adam.
When Adam and Eve sinned, what did they realize and what did they do? // They were naked; made leaf clothes
When Adam and Eve heard God coming, what did they do? // Hide
What curses did Eve receive for sinning? // Pain at childbirth, will argue with her husband
What curses did Adam receive for sinning? // Work will be hard, all will die
What curses did the serpent receive? // Crawl on belly, God will send a savior to defeat the devil.

Google Docs Links:
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August 28, 2016

NT 33 The Last Supper and Communion

Reference: Matthew 26:17-29

Story Summary:
   The night before Jesus died on the cross, he shared a meal with his disciples. We call it the "Last Supper" because it was the last meal Jesus ate before he died. At that meal, Jesus and his disciples shared bread and wine.
   When Jesus gave them the bread to eat, Jesus said, "This is my body, which is given for you." When he gave them the wine to drink, he said, "This is my blood of the new covenant. It is poured out to forgive the sins of many." Jesus told the disciples to eat a meal in this special way regularly as a way to remember him.
   And Jesus' disciples did just that. They came together and ate a meal they called the "Lord's Supper". At this meal, they ate bread. When they ate the bread, they remembered that Jesus gave his body for their sins when he suffered and died on the cross. When they drank the wine, they remembered that Jesus bled when he died on the cross for their sins.
   When the disciples started new churches, they taught the people to eat the Lord's Supper, too. The believers in the churches ate bread and drank wine to remember Jesus' body and blood.

Big Idea and Motions: At the Lord’s Supper, we eat bread and drink wine to remember Jesus’ death.
Lord’s -  point up
Supper - pretend to scoop food in your mouth with a spoon
Eat bread - pretend to bite a sandwich
Drink wine - pretend to drink from a glass
Remember - tap your brain
Jesus’ death - form a cross with your forearms

Verse / Motions: 1 Corinthians 11:26, ESV - For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.
Often - trace circles in the air with your finger
Eat this bread - pretend to eat a sandwich
Drink the cup - pretend to drink from a cup
Proclaim - cup your hands around your mouth
Death - cross your arms across your chest and bow your head
Comes - do a “come here” gesture with your arm

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What meal did God tell the Israelites to eat? // The Passover
What were the Israelites supposed to remember when they ate the Passover? // When God rescued them from being slaves in Egypt
What do we call the meal Jesus had with his disciples? // The Last Supper
Why do we call it the “last supper?” // It was Jesus’ last meal before his death
What did Jesus give the disciples to eat at the last supper? // Bread and wine.
What did Jesus say when he gave them bread to eat? // This is my body.
What did Jesus say when he gave them wine to drink? // This is my blood.
Why did Jesus want them to eat bread and drink wine together? // To remember his death.
Why is it important to remember Jesus’ death? // He died to save us from our sins
What do we call the meal where the church eats bread and drinks wine to remember Jesus’ death? // The Lord’s Supper

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/36NLkS
Resources - http://goo.gl/ZQOL6p

August 21, 2016

NT 32 Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

Reference: John 13:1-17

Story Summary: 
     Many of the people who followed Jesus thought they knew why he had come to earth. They thought Jesus would lead them to defeat their enemies, the Romans, in battle and then rule as a king. Some of Jesus’ disciples even argued about which one of them was the most important. They thought they might be #2 in charge when Jesus became king.
     But Jesus didn’t come for those reasons. The night before Jesus died, he ate the Passover meal with his disciples. He got up from the meal, wrapped a towel around him, and began washing his disciples’ feet. Peter, one of his disciples, wanted Jesus to stop. Washing dirty feet was a job for a servant, he thought. But Jesus told him he needed to do so and, eventually, Peter let Jesus wash his feet.
     Jesus told his disciples, “I’m your Lord and Teacher, and I’ve washed your feet. This is an example for you to do the same.” Jesus hadn’t come to defeat the Romans and rule like a king. He’d come to serve others and die for our sins.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus served others, and we should, too!
Jesus - form a cross with your arms
Served - pretend  to give an object  to someone else
Others - point at other people
We - point to yourself with both thumbs
Too - hold up two fingers

Verse / Motions: Mark 10:45, ESV - For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Son of Man - form a cross with your arms
Be served - pretend to take an object from someone else
To serve - pretend  to give an object  to someone else
Give his life - cross your arms in an X over your chest and bow your head
Ransom - pretend to swipe a credit card
Many - gesture your arms in a wide circle

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What did some people think Jesus came to earth to do? // Defeat the Romans, rule as a king
What did the disciples argue about? // Who was the greatest
What special meal were the Jesus and the disciples eating? // The Passover
What sad thing did Jesus know was about to happen? // He would die on the cross
What did Judas the disciple secretly do? // Met with Jesus’ enemies to help them capture Jesus
What did Jesus do to serve the disciples? // Wash their feet
Did important people normally wash other people’s feet? // No
What did Peter do when Jesus came to wash his feet? // Told him no, then told him to wash his head and hands
Why did Jesus their feet? // To show that he came to serve others and they should do the same
What’s the greatest thing Jesus did to serve us? // Die to pay for our sins

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - https://goo.gl/mZSLMQ
Resources - https://goo.gl/MfKF1U

August 14, 2016

NT 31 The Triumphal Entry

Reference: Luke 19:28-40

Story Summary:
   Jesus was headed to Jerusalem. He sent his disciples ahead of him to borrow a donkey for him to ride. When its owners wanted to know what they were doing, the disciples said what Jesus told them to say: "the Lord needs it."
   As Jesus rode along, the people gave him a king's welcome. They spread coats on the ground before Jesus, waved palm branches, and shouted, "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" Many people thought that Jesus had come to defeat their enemies, the soldiers of Rome, and become their new king.
   The Pharisees were there, upset that the crowd was praising Jesus. They told Jesus to tell them to stop, but Jesus would not do so.
   Days later, the people were stopped cheering for Jesus because he wasn't the king they wanted. Instead, they cheered for his death. But that's exactly why Jesus had come: to die on the cross and rise again for sinners.

Big Idea: King Jesus came to save sinners.
King - place a “crown” on your head
Jesus - form a cross with your forearms
Save - make the baseball “safe” sign
Sinners - two thumbs down

Verse and Motions: Deuteronomy 10:17, ESV - For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God...
God of gods - point up three times, once on each word
Lord of lords - pretend to put a crown on your head, then hold your arms up and bow forward
Great - two thumbs up
Mighty - flex your muscles
Awesome - do a celebratory fist pump

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Where was Jesus going? // To Jerusalem
What did Jesus send his disciples to go get? // A donkey
What did Jesus tell his disciples to say to the donkey’s owners? // The Lord needs it
What things did the people do to treat Jesus like a king? // Laid down their coats, waved branches, cheered for him
What did some of the people want Jesus to do? // Be their king, defeat the Romans in battle
What did the Pharisees say about all this? // They wanted Jesus to tell the people to stop
How did the people feel about Jesus after he was arrested, when they realized he wasn’t going to battle the Roman army? // They asked for him to be killed
Why did King Jesus come to earth? // To die and rise again to save us from sin
What is today’s big idea? // King Jesus came to save sinners
What is today’s Bible verse? // Deuteronomy 10:17, ESV - For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God...

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/uHh6Dk
Resources - http://goo.gl/lO7ELN

August 7, 2016

EX 05 Abraham Sacrifices Isaac

Reference: Genesis 22:1-14

Story Summary: 
     God tested Abraham. God said, “Go to Moriah. Give your only son to me there as a burnt offering.” Early the next morning Abraham took two servants and his son Isaac. He started out for the place God had shown him.    
     When Abraham saw the place a long way off. He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey. I and the boy will go over there and worship. Then we’ll come back to you.”
     Abraham had Isaac carry the wood for the offering. Abraham carried the fire and the knife. Isaac said, “Where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God himself will provide the lamb.” They reached the place God had shown Abraham. There Abraham built an altar.. He tied up his son Isaac. Abraham placed him on top of the wood. Then he picked up the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Do not lay a hand on the boy. Now I know that you would do anything for God. You have not held back from me your your only son.”
     Abraham saw a ram caught in a bush. He sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham named that place, "The Lord Will Provide.”

Big Idea and Motions: We know God loves us because he gave his son.
Know - tap your brain
Heart - put your hands over your heart
Gave - pretend to give someone else a present
Son - present to rock a baby

Verse / Motions: Romans 5:8, ESV - But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God - point up
Love - put your hands over your heart
Sinners - two thumbs down
Christ - form a cross with your arms
Died - cross your arms over your chest and bow your head
Us - point to yourself with both thumbs

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
Who did God test? // Abraham
What did God ask Abraham to do? // Offer Isaac as a burnt offering
What question did Isaac ask Abraham on the way? // Where’s the lamb?
What did Abraham think would happen? // God would raise Isaac from the dead
What did Isaac carry on the way up? // The wood for the offering
What happened as Abraham raised the knife? // The angel of the Lord stopped him
What happened after the angel came? // Abraham saw a ram caught in the bush, sacrificed it
What did Abraham name the mountain? // The Lord Will Provide
What other story does the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac point to? // Jesus dying on the cross
What does God giving his Son, Jesus, show us? // That he loves us

July 31, 2016

NT 30 Jesus and the Children

Reference: Mark 10:13-16

Story Summary:
   People began bringing their little children to Jesus. They wanted Jesus to place his hands on them and pray a prayer of blessing. Jesus' disciples gruffly sent the people away and told them to stop coming.
   Jesus was upset with the disciples for doing this. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me. Don’t keep them away. God’s kingdom belongs to people like them. Anyone who will not receive God’s kingdom like a little child will never enter it."
   We learn two things from what Jesus said. First, God's kingdom (living with God as our king and one day spending forever with him) isn't just for adults; it belongs to kids to. Second, we must become like children to enter God's kingdom. Just like a little child trusts their parents for everything, we need to trust in Jesus completely to be saved from our sins and enter God's kingdom.

Big Idea and Motions: Trust in God like a child trusts their parents.
Trust - pretend to grab a rope with two hands
God - point up
Child - pretend to rock a baby
Parents - with your palm facing out, touch your thumb to your forehead, then your chin*
* This the ASL sign for “parents.” See a video demo at https://goo.gl/CJvApd

Verse / Motions: Proverbs 3:5, ESV - Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
Trust - pretend to grab a rope with two hands
Lord - point up
All - gesture your arms in a wide circle
Heart - hand over your heart
Lean - cross your arms and pretend to lean against something
Understanding - tap your temple

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What were parents bringing to Jesus? // Their little children
What did they want Jesus to do? // Place his hands on them and bless them
What does it mean to bless someone? // To ask God to take care of them and give them good things
What did the disciples do? // Tell the parents and kids to go away
How did Jesus feel when the disciples sent the kids away? // Angry with them
Who did Jesus say the kingdom of heaven also belonged to? // Little kids
What did Jesus mean when he said, “the kingdom of heaven belongs to them?” // God came to rescue all sinners, even kids
What does “the kingdom of God” mean? // Living with God as our king, both now and forever
How did Jesus say one can enter God’s kingdom? // By becoming like a child, totally trusting in God to save
What does it mean to “become like a child”? // To trust in God like a little kid trusts their parents

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - https://goo.gl/Ok2d1P
Resources - http://goo.gl/H84dly

July 24, 2016

NT 29 Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

Reference: John 9:1-34

Story Summary
   Jesus met a man who had been blind his whole life. Jesus made some mud, rubbed it into the blind man's eyes, then told him to go wash in a pool. When the man did what Jesus asked, he could see! But by then, Jesus was gone, and the blind man didn't know who it was who healed him.
   The Pharisees asked the man many questions. They were trying to find out if Jesus was a sinner or someone sent by God. They thought Jesus broke God's Sabbath command (don't work on the seventh day) when he made mud with his hands. They even wanted the man to lie about Jesus and say that Jesus was a sinner. But the man told the truth about Jesus. Because of this, the Pharisees kicked the man out of the synagogue!
   Jesus found the man and told him that it was he, Jesus, who had healed him. Jesus asked the man if he believed in him. The blind man said, "Lord, I believe." Then he bowed down and worshipped Jesus.

Big Idea and Motions: Jesus came to find and save lost sinners.
Jesus - form a cross with your arms
Find - pretend to scan around the room with binoculars
Save - do the baseball “safe” sign
Sinners - two thumbs down

Verse / Motions: Luke 19:10 - For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost...
For - hold up four fingers
Son - pretend to cradle a baby
Man - flex your muscles
Seek - pretend to scan the room using binoculars
Save - do the baseball “safe” sign
Lost - scratch the top of your head and look around, confused

Questions to Ask Throughout the Week
What problem did the man in today’s story have? // He was blind
How long had the man been blind? // Since birth
What did Jesus do to heal the man’s eyes? // Rub mud on them, then had him wash
What did the crowd think about the blind man who had been healed? // They weren’t sure it was him
Who asked the blind man questions about what happened? // The Pharisees
Why did the Pharisees think Jesus broke the Sabbath rule? // He made mud, which they thought was work
After talking to the man, what did the Pharisees do to the blind man? // Threw him out
When Jesus found the blind man, what did the blind man do? // Worshipped Jesus
What did Jesus ask the blind man? // Do you believe in the Son of Man?
Who is the Son of Man? // Jesus

Google Docs Links:
Lesson - http://goo.gl/kuxhcB
Resources - http://goo.gl/tNDLrV