December 24 – December 31, 2017
- This Week: Jesus Was Born (Luke 1:26-56; 2:1-20; Matt. 1:18-24)
- SWKIDS Memory Verse: “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” –John 1:14
- Christ Connection: A long time before Jesus was born, prophets said that Jesus would come. The prophets also said another man would come first to say, “Jesus is almost here!” John the Baptist told people to turn away from their sins because Jesus was coming to be King over the whole world.
- Family Discussion:
Questions to ask about the Bible story—
1. What did everyone think Zechariah and Elizabeth would name their baby? (Zechariah, Luke 1:59)
2. How did Zechariah let the people know the baby’s name would be John? (He wrote it on a tablet, Luke 1:63)
3. What did Zechariah do when he got his voice back? (praised God, Luke 1:64)
4. What did Zechariah say John would be called? (prophet of the Most High, Luke 1:76)
5. What role did John the Baptist have in God’s plan? (John the Baptist told people to get ready for Jesus, the coming Messiah.)
6. Big Picture Question-- Why was Jesus born? (Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.)
Questions to encourage personal connections—
1. What are some ways that people celebrate the birth of a baby?
2. God had special plans for John when he grew up. Do you know what you want to be when you grow up?
Activities and resources to deepen understanding and application—
1. Discuss the following questions together as a family:
- How would you feel if you were Mary or Joseph?
- Mary praised God with a song. What is your favorite song for praising God?
- What is “the true meaning of Christmas”?
- Why did God even send Jesus to earth?
- Why did Jesus willingly leave heaven and come to earth as a tiny, helpless baby?
2. Take some time to research the different names of Jesus and explain their meanings. Then share how you chose the names you gave to each one of your children.
3. As a family, make a list of the many things you are thankful for looking back over the year 2017. Start the new year, but praising God and thanking Him for sending Jesus and for all of the ways He has shown love to your family.