May 03 Sunday School Material

Dear Families,

Below is this week's Sunday School lesson for you to use at home with your kids!

We use The Gospel Project Bible Study curriculum for our 9:30am Preschool/K classes and 11:00am Elementary Sunday School classes.  We have been going through the Bible chronologically on a journey to discover how the gospel unfolds.

We post the weekly Sunday School lesson here on the blog and upload the lesson material in the KidMin @ CCAC Group every Thursday for the coming Sunday.  (The previous week’s resources will be removed when the new week is uploaded.)

Follow these instructions to start:
  1. Login to the KidMin @ CCAC Group to access the material (you need to join and request membership, ONLY PARENTS CAN BE MEMBERS)
    请登陆 KidMin @ CCAC Group 申请成为“会员”,  以获取教会儿童部的信息资料,包括儿童主日学,儿童崇拜,儿童俱乐部的教材内容
  2. Scroll down to the Resources section on the group page (you need to be granted membership first)
    当你被确认会员资格后,在网页“ group page ”,鼠标滚动到页面下半部,点击进入 Resources 部分
  3. Print out the Activity Page for your kids to work on
    打印 Activity Page 提供给孩子练习
  4. Open your Bible to the scripture passage
  5. Go through the Bible Story
    • Pre/K and Gr1-4: watch the Bible Story Video together as a family
    • Gr5-6: read the passage together and then watch the video
    1. Talk about the story with your family
      • Use the questions found under the Family Discussion Starters on the Activity Pages (for pre/k and gr1-4)
        在 Activity Pages 的 "Family Discussion Starters" 里找到相关问题和孩子一起回答
      • Ask open-ended questions
      • Share your insights and encourage your kids to share
    2. Watch the Questions From Kids Video for additional discussion (optional)
      观看 Questions From Kids Video 影片,进行更多的讨论
    3. Try doing the Family Activity on the Activity Pages (for pre/k and gr1-4) sometime during the week
      在一周之内,参考 Activity Pages 里的家庭活动 "Family Activity",和孩子们进行各种互动

      Here is the lesson for the week of May 03

      Bible Passage:
      Matthew 2; Luke 2

      (summarized for kids)
      After Jesus was born, wise men followed a star to Bethlehem to find the new king of the Jews. The wise men worshiped Jesus as King. When they left, an angel told Joseph in a dream to leave Bethlehem because King Herod wanted to kill Jesus. So Mary, Joseph, and Jesus went to Egypt until Herod died. Then they went back to Israel and lived in Nazareth. Jesus grew up in Nazareth.

      Every year, Jesus’ parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover feast. Passover was the biggest holiday for the Jewish people. Many people traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate and remember when God saved His people from slavery in Egypt.

      When Jesus was 12 years old, Jesus and His family went to Jerusalem together. When it was time to go home, Mary and Joseph began traveling to Nazareth with a large group of people. They didn’t notice that Jesus was not with them; they thought He was among the group of travelers. But Jesus was not with the group. He had stayed behind in Jerusalem.

      Mary and Joseph had been walking for a whole day when they started to look for Jesus. They looked among their relatives and friends, but they could not find Him. So Mary and Joseph went back to Jerusalem. They searched everywhere for Jesus. The city was so big, and Jesus was just a boy.

      Finally, they found Him at the temple. Jesus was listening to the teachers and asking them questions. Everyone who heard Jesus could hardly believe how much Jesus understood. When Jesus’ parents saw Him, they were surprised. Mary said, “Son, why have You done this? Your father and I were worried. We’ve been looking everywhere for You.”

      “Why were you looking for Me?” Jesus asked. “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” But Mary and Joseph did not understand what Jesus was talking about. Then Jesus went back to Nazareth with Mary and Joseph. Jesus was always obedient to them, and Mary remembered all of these things.

      As Jesus grew up, He became even wiser. God was pleased with Him, and so was everyone who knew Him.

      Christ Connection:
      Jesus came to earth to do God’s plan, and even as a boy, Jesus knew that. Jesus got ready to do what God sent Him to do. God sent Jesus into the world to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.
      God sent Jesus to earth with a purpose. Even as a child, Jesus wanted to honor God. God blessed Jesus as He got ready to follow His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.

      Story Point:
      Jesus came to earth to do His Father’s plan.
      Even as a child, Jesus wanted to do His Father’s plan.

      Key Passage:
      John 1:1-2
      "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1 NIV)
      "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God." (ESV)

      Big Picture Question:
      Is Jesus God or a human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.
      Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

      The Gospel of Luke records just two narratives about Jesus’ childhood: His dedication (Luke 2:21-40) and His visit to the temple when He was 12 years old (Luke 2:41-52). The Gospel of Matthew includes another story: a visit from some wise men. These stories of Jesus as a child set the stage for Jesus’ ministry as an adult.

      After Jesus was born, God put a star in the sky as a sign. Wise men from the east followed the star to Jerusalem, looking for a new king. They found Jesus, who was probably 1 or 2 years old, in Bethlehem and they worshiped Him as King. Later, Jesus and His family settled in Nazareth, where Jesus grew up.

      In Bible times, a Jewish boy became a man at 13. His father would train him to take on all the responsibilities of adulthood—social and spiritual. Joseph was a carpenter, and he likely trained Jesus in his trade. When Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, Joseph might have taken Jesus, who was about 12, around the city to teach Him the significance of the temple and to explain the purpose of the Passover feast.

      Jesus’ parents headed home after the feast. They assumed Jesus was among their traveling companions, but He wasn’t. Jesus had stayed behind at the temple. A full day passed before Mary and Joseph noticed Jesus was missing. They hurried back to Jerusalem and finally found Him at the temple. Jesus asked His mother, “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” Mary and Joseph did not understand. But Jesus is God’s Son, and it was necessary that He honor His true Father. In all this, Jesus did not sin.

      The Bible does not give many details about Jesus’ childhood, but we know that as Jesus got older, He grew “in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people” (Luke 2:52). Jesus carried out God’s plan to reconcile the world to Himself. (2 Cor. 5:19)