Mar 22 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.

We will post and upload the lesson material for the coming Sunday on Thursday; at which time, the previous week’s resources in the group will be removed.

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 22

    Bible Passage:

    (summarized for kids)
    The Jewish people had returned to the promised land, and they were ready for God to bless them. The people waited, but nothing happened. Sometimes their lives were hard, and they wondered if God really loved them. The people became lazy in how they worshiped God.

    God loved His people, and He wanted them to be holy. He wanted them to obey Him completely. So God sent a message to His people through the prophet Malachi (MAL uh kigh). God’s message told the people about their sins and called them to turn back to Him.

    The priests had disobeyed God. They were supposed to lead the people in worship, but instead of offering God the best animal sacrifices, the priests offered animals that were stolen, lame, or sick. God said, “I’m not pleased. I will not accept your offerings.”

    God also said to the priests, “It is your job to help people follow Me; they look to you for instruction. But you have turned them away from Me. You taught them wrong things.”

    God warned the people that a day of judgment is coming when God will punish sin and reward righteousness. God said, “I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me.” The messenger would have a very important job: to get the people ready for God’s promised Messiah.

    Next, God talked about some of the wrong things the people were doing. “You are robbing Me!” God said. The people were not offering to God a share of their wealth. But everything they had was a gift from God. “Bring a tenth of your wealth to Me,” God said. “And test Me! See if I will not give you even more blessings—more than you can count!”

    Some of the people were saying things about God that weren’t true. “It is useless to serve God,” the people said. “People who live however they want to are better off than we are.”

    But other people did honor God, and God noticed them. “They will be Mine,” God said. “I will have compassion on them.”

    He said, “A day is coming when everyone who is wicked will be destroyed. But those who honor Me will go out and playfully jump like calves.”

    Malachi told the people to be patient. God had not forgotten about them. Life was not easy, but if they served God and followed Him, they would be happy on the day when God would keep His promise to rescue His people.

    Christ Connection:
    Malachi was a messenger for God. He said another messenger was coming. That messenger was John the Baptist. John’s job was to get people ready for the last Messenger, Jesus! Jesus is God’s Son. He came to rescue people from sin.
    Malachi was a messenger—a prophet—who told God’s people to repent. Malachi also told about another messenger God would send. This messenger, John the Baptist, would call people to repent and get them ready for a final Messenger, Jesus Christ. Jesus would bring good news of salvation.

    Story Point:
    Malachi called God’s people to repent to prepare for the Messiah

    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.

    After many years living as prisoners in Babylon, God’s people had returned to Judah. They had worked hard and overcome opposition to rebuild the temple and the walls around Jerusalem. Surely God would restore them … finally! But nothing happened. As they waited, they faced drought and economic uncertainty. God’s people probably didn’t feel like God had blessed them at all.

    “It is useless to serve God,” they said. “What have we gained by keeping his requirements?” (Mal. 3:14). Did God still care? It wasn’t long until God’s people fell back into the same patterns of sin that led to their exile in the first place: idolatry, covetousness, hypocrisy, arrogance, and abuse of the poor.

    But God did still love His people. He had been working out His divine plan of redemption, and He never gave up on them. God sent a message to His people through the prophet Malachi.

    Malachi was the last of the Old Testament prophets. He spoke to God’s people approximately 100 years after the end of the Babylonian captivity. Malachi’s message from God was a wake-up call.

    God communicated through Malachi that the people’s lack of blessing didn’t mean that God didn’t care. God exposed His people’s sin and made clear that their actions merited a curse. God’s people needed to repent and turn back to God. “But for you who fear my name,” God said, “the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2).

    Explain to your kids that 400 years of silence followed Malachi’s prophecy; God did not communicate to His people. This period brings us to the New Testament, when the silence would be broken by the last prophet before Jesus, John the Baptist. His words about Jesus in John 1:29 offered hope to all who heard: “Here is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”