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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Jesus' Birth -- Luke 2:1-20; Matt 1:18-25

Today is the big day. Everything we've been studying so far (since Gen 1) has been leading up to it. It is an event that changes everything. It all happens just as God said it would (Isa 9:6-7). God promised Abraham way back in Gen 12 that it was coming. In God's own time, it has happened just as He said. The Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace has been born in the lowliest of conditions. God announced it to the world not through the current media, not to kings and important people but to shepherds watching their sheep in the field. God is always amazing.

Lesson Plan:

Stations: As students come to class have them begin working in the stations.

Bible Reading: Remind students to put a sticker on the back of their project folder if they completed the Bible reading.

Memory Work: After a few minutes, call them together for the lesson to begin. Review the NT books we've learned so far and add Luke. Read together through the Beatitudes. Begin discussing ways we can memorize it. (Look for patterns, see it/read it/write it).

Review: Review the Bible story concentrating on creation, promises to Abraham, David's reign as King. Then review our NT lessons concentrating on Jesus' birth announcement. Read the opening of Matt 1. They should have read this at home already so it is not new to them. They should recognize many of the names in the genealogy, especially after David (the kings).

Lesson: Read Luke 2:1-20 and discuss the birth of Christ. Stress that it happened just as it was prophesied.

Lesson Review Activity: Read Isa 9:6-7 and point out that God said Jesus would be called several things. Add the folder activity that about the names of Jesus. This activity involves the students looking up passages and noting what name was used for Jesus.

Stations: Work in the stations. We have a 10-15 minute break between Bible class and worship on Sunday mornings. This means that the students can work a little after the 2nd bell rings. This is very helpful so they can finish up what they started before class. The students that don't get to come on Wednesday evening will find this time very helpful as well.