Special New Testament Places - Bethlehem and Nazareth

Last Sunday Discovery Point: 
Special New Testament Places - Bethlehem and Nazareth
Today's lesson was about two seemingly unimportant towns that God used to unfold His plan of salvation for mankind: Bethlehem and Nazareth. God was in control of the events that lead to Jesus' birth in Bethlehem and His upbringing in Nazareth. These special places established Jesus on earth as the Messiah. Because God used these places, we know that He wants to use our places too! God has put each of us in special places where we can serve Him, so we can trust that His plans have purpose. Scripture used: Luke 2:4-12, 4:14-21
Memory Verse:
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Micah 5:2 NIV

Ask your child to sit across from you at a table. Say one or two words of the verse and then roll the ball to him or her. Then your child will say a few more words and roll the ball back to you. Continue by rolling the ball until the verse is complete. Consider repeating this activity later in the week to further familiarize yourself with the verse.

Suggested Parent/Child Activity:
Show your child pictures of special places, such as your hometown, sports activity, or other special event. Then give your child a disposable camera and help him or her take pictures of their own special places (such as a school, park, church, friend's house, etc). While spending time together, talk about God wanting to use us to spread His love and the good news of Jesus Christ no matter where we go! So, when we have Jesus in our hearts, every place can be a special place. Lastly, take your child to get the pictures developed and help him or her put the pictures in a small photo album to remember the special places.
Daily Prayer:
Thank You, God, for the special places of Bethlehem and Nazareth! Help us remember that any place is a special place when You move our hearts to serve You. And thank You for Jesus' example and for His sacrifice. Amen.
Reminders:
Coming Sunday Discovery Point: Special New Testament Places - Cana of Galilee
Coming Sunday Chairperson: Wendy C.
Coming Sunday Power point manager: Nathan C.

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