Mar 15 Sunday School Material

Dear Families,

Since Calgary Chinese Alliance Church has temporarily cancelled all physical services and gatherings until March 31 (please see the message from our church leadership here), we will be providing online content for you to continue teaching and engaging spiritually with your children at home.

We are teaching the kids using 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.

Follow these instructions to start:
  1. Join/Login to the KidMin @ CCAC Group to access the material
  2. Scroll down to the Resources section on the group page
  3. Print out the Activity Page for your kids to work on
  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
  6. 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)
    • Ask open-ended questions
    • Share your insights and encourage your kids to share
  7. Watch the Questions From Kids Video for additional discussion (optional)
  8. Try doing the Family Activity on the Activity Pages (for pre/k and gr1-4)

Here is the lesson for the week of March 15

Bible Passage:
Nehemiah 8–13

(summarized for kids)
The walls around Jerusalem were finished—at last! With God’s help, the people finished rebuilding the walls and the city gates in just 52 days. All the people in Jerusalem gathered together early in the morning at one of the city gates. Men, women, and children—anyone who could understand—came to listen to the reading of God’s Word.

As the sun was just coming up, Ezra (EZ ruh) the priest brought out the book of the law of Moses that God had given to His people. God’s words were written on a scroll. Ezra stood on a high wooden platform and began to read.

Ezra read the law for hours, and all the people listened carefully. The people stood up; they had respect for God’s Word. Ezra praised God, and the people lifted up their hands.

“Amen! Amen!” they said. The people in the crowd bowed down with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped God.

Some of the leaders there—the Levites (LEE vights)—explained the law to the people and helped them understand the words Ezra read. As the people heard the words of the law, they began to cry. The law was God’s rules for living, and the people had disobeyed God. They realized they had sinned.

Ezra, the Levites, and Nehemiah (NEE huh MIGH uh) the governor said, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not be sad or cry.” Even though the people’s sin made them sad, this was a happy day.

Then Ezra said to them, “Go home and prepare a feast! Eat rich food and drink sweet drinks. Share what you have prepared with those who have nothing prepared.” And again Ezra said, “Today is holy to the Lord our God. This is not a day to be sad because the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

The people obeyed Ezra. They prepared a feast. They were glad because they understood the words of the law that were explained to them.

Nehemiah led God’s people to repent and confess their sin. They agreed to worship only God and promised to obey Him.

Christ Connection:
The Bible teaches us about God and Jesus. It helps us know the right things to do. We do wrong things a lot, but God can change our hearts and help us say no to sin. Jesus died to rescue us from sin.
God’s Word is powerful. When Ezra read God’s Word, the people loved God more and changed their ways. The Bible says that Jesus is “the Word.” Jesus is God who came to live with people on earth. Jesus has the power to change our hearts.

Story Point:
God’s people promised to obey God

Key Passage:
1 Peter 5:10
"God... after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you." (NIV)
"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you." (ESV)

Big Picture Question:
Who is in control of everything? God is in control of everything.

Ezra was a priest in Babylon at the end of the exile. More than 50 years after the first group of exiles returned to Jerusalem and completed and dedicated the temple, Ezra led a second group back to Jerusalem.

Just as God had been with Nehemiah, He was with Ezra—granting him favor with the Persian king. The king gave Ezra permission to go to Jerusalem. He provided Ezra with a letter and access to resources to ensure safe travel. (See Ezra 7:11-26.)

Ezra traveled to Jerusalem with a purpose. God’s people had spent 70 years in exile, and they needed to be reminded how to live. As a scribe, Ezra was an expert on the law of Moses, and he had “determined in his heart to study the law of the LORD, obey it, and teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).

Under Nehemiah’s leadership, the people had rebuilt Jerusalem’s walls. They gathered together at the Water Gate to hear the law of Moses. Men, women, and children—anyone who could understand—came to listen to the reading of God’s Word.

From early morning until midday, Ezra read from the book of the law of Moses. He stood on a high wooden platform where everyone could see and hear him. Ezra opened the book of the law, and everyone stood up. The Levites helped the listeners understand the words of the law. The people reacted strongly to hearing and understanding the law of Moses. Verse 9 says the people wept. The law revealed their sin, and they repented.

The law reveals our sin and how short we fall of meeting God’s standard. As you share with your kids, help them recognize that we cannot meet God’s requirements. We need a Savior. God sent Jesus to obey the law perfectly and die for our sins. We can trust in Him for salvation.