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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

The Parable of the Two Sons, The Parables of the Wicked Vinedressers and The Parable of the Wedding Feast

We are a little over half way through with this quarter. We've settled into a nice rhythm in the class. The kids know what to expect from me and what I expect of them. It took me longer than I would've like for this quarter to begin jelling, but it finally has.

In less than 2 weeks we begin our VBS (which is on the parables). I will be teaching the 2nd and 3rd graders. I've never gotten to teach these particular kids before. I 'm really looking forward to getting to know them all better.

After that, we have 2 weeks before the next quarter begins. Even though we've rearranged the lessons from when I did the stations the last time, I think the quarter coming up is going to be easy to pull together. Well, I hope it will be any way.

Our lesson for tonight is found in Matthew, Mark and Luke, but we will be studying from Matthew 21:23-22:14. After the triumphal entry and the 2nd cleansing of temple (not to mention the raising of Lazarus), the Pharisees and the chief priests are really mad at Jesus. They keep wanting to kill him. It is so interesting that they never can seem to do it. He's right there amongst them, even talking to them. We know from our study that they couldn't kill Jesus until Jesus allowed them to. His death was His choice. The chief priests and Pharisees would not decide when it would happen.

Before Jesus taught the parables we will study tonight, the chief priests confronted Jesus about His authority. Jesus did not respond to their foolish questions. Instead, He responded with a question which they were not willing to answer. As a result, He didn't answer them.

Then Jesus taught the parable of the 2 sons. One chose not to obey his father but later repented and did what he was told. The other said he would do the job but never did. This is a great lesson on obedience and repentance.

The next parable was about the wicked vinedressers that killed the landowners servants and finally his son when they came for the fruits of the vineyard. The parallel is easy to see. God sent prophets and then finally His Son. They were all mistreated and/or killed. In the end, the vineyard would be given to others. This is another reference to the Gentiles being offered the gift of salvation just as the Jews.

The last parable we will be talking about is the wedding feast. It is a lesson that again points out that if the Jews are not willing to accept Christ, others will be allowed to accept the invitation.



My Lesson Plan:

Let them spend time in the stations.

Today's lesson: Parables of the 2 sons, wicked vinedressers and wedding feast

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. Add 1 and 2 Peter.

Sing: I started teaching them a song that I wrote last Wed. We'll continue working on it. It is called Is It I?

Recite (in unison): Let them choose which passage they need the most help with and we'll work on it tonight.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

The 2nd Temple Cleansing (Matthew 21:12-17)

Wednesday night I sat down to the computer to write my lesson plan. For some reason my computer decided not to let me type. I could do anything else on the computer but type. So, I went to class with no written lesson plan. Thankfully, the computer has given me permission to type, so we'll have a written lesson plan in the morning.

Our lesson for tomorrow is about the 2nd temple cleansing. It is found in Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19 and Luke 19:45-48. I'll be reading from the passage in Matthew during class. Before I read the lesson, we'll review the 1st temple cleansing and read about it (John 2:13-22).

After reviewing the 1st temple cleansing and reading about the 2nd temple cleansing, we'll turn to Isa 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11 to read the scripture Jesus quotes.


My Lesson Plan:

Let them spend time in the stations.

Today's lesson: 2nd Temple Cleansing

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. Add Hebrews.

Sing: I started teaching them a song that I wrote last Wed. We'll continue working on it. It is called Is It I?

Recite (in unison): The Word is God -- John 1

Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-31)

We had a very interesting discussion in class Wednesday night about the rich man and Lazarus. This age (11-12 year olds) are a great age to teach. They have some very thought provoking questions. They wanted to know about the 2nd coming, what Heaven will be like and so on. I told them that they were asking excellent questions and that many Bible scholars continue to ask the same questions. I also told them that God told us what He wanted us to know. The rest we have to assume that God didn't want us to know. Our faith in God is what's important, not whether or not we know all the answers.

Today's lesson will be on The Rich Young Ruler. It is mentioned in Matthew, Mark and Luke. I usually like to read from all the gospels when the story is found in them, but today, we'll read from Mark. All the accounts are very similar and I think we're going to need all the time we can get.

I plan on starting class reviewing God's plan. We need to talk about the first sin, the promises given to Abraham, and the fulfillment of the 1st promise when God gave the Israelites a law. I want to briefly go on and remind them of when the 2nd promise was fulfilled (Joshua and the Israelites conquered the land) and then remind them that the Jews are looking for the promised messiah that will be fulfilled in Christ. This is important not only to keep reminding them of the big picture, but because the law is mentioned in the story of the rich young ruler.

After the review, we'll read in our Bibles (Mark 10:17-31). I actually want to back up a little bit and read the story of Jesus blessing the children. Not because it has anything to do with the lesson for the day, but because it is something they've heard all their life and I want them to read for themselves (and questions if they want) from the Bible.

The last part of the lesson (if we have time), we'll talk about Jesus predicting his death again. As we head into the last week of Jesus' life, they need to know that all of this was part of God's plan, not an accident that God had not intended to happen.

My Lesson Plan:

Let them spend time in the stations.

Today's lesson: The Rich Young Ruler

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. We finally got Titus on the wall. Now we'll add Philemon. I know we won't have time today, we'll do it Wednesday. If I take it off the lesson plan, I'll forget to add it later.

Sing: Ressurrection

Recite (in unison): The Good Shepherd and Psalms 23 -- we actually got to do this Wednesday night. We'll try to fit at least one of them in today.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Lazarus (John 11)

Last week we had a discussion during class about this blog. One of my students had seen it. I told them that they could find out what we were going to do in class if they take a look. I also told them that they could see if I followed my lesson plan if they looked at it after class. Now I've got to keep on my toes and follow "the plan" or else I'll probably hear about it.

Today's lesson is on Lazarus being raised from the dead. We can't study this lesson without studying about Mary anointing Jesus with oil (Matthew 26:6-13) and Mary and Martha serve Jesus in their home (Luke 10:38-42). This will take up most of our time in class, so we probably won't get any time in the stations.


My Lesson Plan:

Sing:
Ressurrection

Recite (in unison): The Good Shepherd and Psalms 23 -- we probably won't have time for this, but I'll keep it here in case we do.

Today's lesson: Lazarus, Mary and Martha

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. We finally got Titus on the wall. Now we'll add Philemon.

Let them spend time in the stations.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Lost Parables (Luke 15)

Tonight's lesson is on the "lost" parables. Not that the parables are lost, but that they are about lost things -- the woman's coin, the shepherd's sheep, the prodigal son. Jesus told these parables to illustrate how God feels when a sinner returns to Him.

I've written a children's song about these stories. I've threatened to sing some of the children's songs in class, but my son objects. I'm going to have to sing this one tonight. You can see/hear/print the song here: The Parables.


My Lesson Plan:

Sing:
We've been singing the following in class: Tell Me The Story of Jesus, How Shall The Young Secure Their Hearts, Jesus Name Above All Names, Resurrection, The Lord's My Shepherd. Tonight, I'll let them choose one or two to sing.

Recite (in unison): The Good Shepherd and Psalms 23

Today's lesson: The Lost Parables

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. Add Titus. I still haven't gotten a chance to do this. I'm not sure we'll have time to get to it today either, but I put it here just in case.

Let them spend time in the stations.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

The Good Samaritan

Last week we had a good discussion of the blind being healed from John 9. The kids were amazed to what extent the Jewish leaders went to justify themselves. Because of that good discussion, we didn't get to talk about The Good Shepherd. We will do that this morning. We will also talk about The Good Samaritan. I think this may be the first time I've taught this lesson to someone old enough to actually discuss it. I've taught it many, many times in the baby class.

My Lesson Plan:

Sing: The Lord's My Shepherd
(I don't have the correct version in front of me. There are 2 in the Hymns For Worship)

Discuss The Good Shepherd (John 10)

Today's lesson: The Good Samaritan

Review the New Testament cards on the wall. Add Titus. I still haven't gotten a chance to do this. I'm not sure we'll have time to get to it today either, but I put it here just in case.

Let them spend time in the stations.