May 24 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 24

      Bible Passage:
      Matthew 3; John 1; 3

      (summarized for kids)
      Jesus and His disciples went out into the countryside. People came to see them, and Jesus taught the people. Many people were baptized.

      Nearby, John the Baptist was baptizing people too. Some of the people who followed John got into an argument. They went to John.

      “Teacher,” they said, “remember the man you talked about, the One who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River? His disciples are baptizing people, and people are starting to follow Him.”

      John’s followers were talking about Jesus. John answered them, “You heard me say that I am not the Messiah. I am the messenger who goes before Him to announce that He is coming.” This was true. John had said, “Someone greater than me is coming. I am not worthy to remove His sandals. I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

      John tried to explain by talking about a wedding. When two people get married, the man who marries the bride is the groom. His friend stands with him at the wedding, and he is happy to be there and hear the groom’s voice. John also knew that a wedding is the groom’s special day; the groom’s friend should not make it about himself. This was how John felt—like a groom’s friend—because he was happy that Jesus, the Messiah, had come. John said, “Jesus must increase, but I must decrease.”

      Then John explained why Jesus was more important than himself. John was from the earth, and he could only talk about things on earth. Jesus—the One who comes from heaven—talked about things in heaven because He had seen them! Still, no one believed what Jesus said.

      Whoever believes Jesus knows that God tells the truth. God sent Jesus to earth, and Jesus speaks God’s words.

      The Father loves the Son and has given Him power over everything. Whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life, but whoever refuses to believe in the Son will not have eternal life. He will never be able to get away from God’s judgment.

      Christ Connection:
      John the Baptist told people to get ready for Jesus. Now Jesus was here, and John’s job was finished. Jesus was greater than John, and John was happy to step aside for Jesus to begin His work.
      John the Baptist told people to get ready for Jesus, the promised Messiah. Now that Jesus was on earth, John’s mission was complete. Jesus was greater than John, and John joyfully stepped aside as Jesus began His earthly ministry.

      Story Point:
      John the Baptist told people to follow Jesus.

      Key Passage:
      John 3:30
      "He must become greater; I must become less." (NIV)
      "He must increase, but I must decrease." (ESV)

      Big Picture Question:
      Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to rescue sinners.
      Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

      Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophets had spoken of a forerunner—someone who would get people ready for Jesus. (Isa. 40:3; Mal. 3:1) At just the right time, “John came baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4). These baptisms were an outward sign of cleansing for people who had repented of their sins.

      John’s followers were concerned when they saw Jesus and His disciples, who were baptizing people too. They came to John, who pointed out several things about himself and about Jesus. Consider these comparisons as John explained that Jesus was greater than John.

      First, who were they? John was clear: “I am not the Messiah” (John 3:28). John was not the bridegroom, but the groom’s friend. Jesus is the bridegroom. (John 3:29)

      Where did they come from? John was from the earth, and he belonged to the earth. Jesus comes from above and is above all. (John 3:31)

      What did they do? John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John was a witness to the Light. (John 1:7-8) He was a voice in the wilderness, and Jesus is the Word. (John 1:14,23) John the Baptist told people to get ready for the Messiah. He baptized with water, but Jesus baptized with the Spirit. (John 1:33)

      Finally, why were they here? John went before Jesus and rejoiced with Him. (John 3:28-29) Jesus came to give eternal life. (John 3:36)

      John described his joy as being complete. (John 3:29) The One for whom he had prepared the people was here. The time had come for John to step aside and let Jesus take the spotlight. John’s mission was complete.