Monday, December 29, 2014

"Jesus Christ Our Savior" Teaching Series Overview

 "Now this is His commandment: we should believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and we should love one another, even as He gave us commandment.” 1 John 3:23 WTJ*
This is a teaching series provides teaching ideas for the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.  As Christian parents we want our children to know Jesus as Lord and confess that God raised Him from the dead. Even at a young age, our children can start to learn about Jesus Christ our savior so they can believe and confess. 
(In the future I will come back to this project to do more teaching ideas for Jesus Christ's earthly ministry.)

Death, Resurrection, Ascension
1. The Disciples Rejoiced
2. Do This In Remembrance of Me
3. Washing Feet    

4. He Is Risen 

Age Group: These ideas are geared toward preschool and early elementary aged children (3 to 8 years old).

Goals For The Teaching Series- For children to develop in their understanding and believing of:
  • God showed His love for us by sending His son to be the savior.
  • That people had been looking for a savior.
  • Jesus Christ's earthly ministry.
  • Jesus Christ is the son of God.
  • Jesus is Lord.
  • Jesus Christ's death and resurrection.
  • We respond to God's Word by believing.
  • God's completed plan to restore Holy Spirit to man.
Theme Verse:
  • Each week has a theme Bible verse. Each day of teaching ideas will refer back to the theme verse.
  • Have your child echo the theme verse back to you (either echo word by word, or phrase by phrase). Include reviewing the verse reference. Some weeks will have corresponding motions.
  • Look for ways to apply the verse during everyday life. To help yourself remember, post it in your house (on a chalk board, a dry erase board, or print out the verse and hang it on the refrigerator). 
  • You may want to review the theme verse with your children when putting them to bed at night.
  • Each week will have a song idea for you to sing with your child. 
  • This can be sung before you teach your child.  
  • Also, you can sing or listen to it during daily life. Sometimes I write the song title for the week on a dry erase board on the refrigerator to help remind me to incorporate the song during daily life. Also, I add the song to a playlist of children's Bible songs on my phone.
Parent Preparation:
  • "And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:" Deuteronomy 6:6 To teach our children, we first need to have God's Word in our hearts so that we can then speak it. As parents we have a great opportunity to grow in our own lives as we read and study the life of Jesus Christ.
  • Throughout the series I will list scriptures for you to read in preparing to teach your child. By reading about the same in record in the different gospels, we learn more of what happened through scripture build up. 
  • Throughout the study I will be referring to "The Acceptable Year of the Lord" by Walter J. Cummins. This book is a study of the life and earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. It provides great help in understanding the chronological order of events from putting the four Gospels together. A wonderful way to prepare would  be to read the first three sections from this book: "A Basis For Scripture Study", "Preface" and "Chapter 1: The World's Need For A Savior". 
  • Prayer! As we prepare to teach our children, praying to God for wisdom and help is an important step.
Children's Bible:
If you have a children's Bible, you may want to read from it while teaching your child. Review the Bible ahead of time to see if pictures and words in the children's Bible are Biblically accurate. Our family uses NIrV Read With Me Bible.

Visuals: You don't have to use visuals, but they can help young children attend longer and engage in learning God's Word. I find it helpful to collect my visuals for the week in a basket, so that they are ready to go when I need them.
  • Pictures from a children's Bible.
    From Free Bible Images
  • Colored pictures from a Bible coloring book. I like using "The Really Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages" by Gospel Light, and "Bible Stories To Color And Tell ages 3-6" by Heart Shaper
  • Looking at illustrations from Free Bible Images. To find pictures look under the book of the Bible the record you are reading is in.
  • People figurines. Options include: toy figurines you have
    in your house, ones made from wooden people (for ideas look here and here), or made from paper (here ), or from craft sticks (refer to here and here scroll down for ideas) or story stones (refer to here and here) or buy a plastic set of Jesus and the Apostles (I have this one).
  • A toy boat.
  • Pieces of green and blue fabric for land and water. This could be from pieces of fabric, scarves, napkins or pieces of felt. You can also cut a brown piece of felt to be a road.
  • Map of Bible lands during Jesus Christ’s life (my daughters love looking at maps even though they can’t read the words.)
Teaching Ideas

  • When teaching have your child sit in a place the minimizes distractions (such as not looking at toys they want to play with, etc). For a child that wants to wonder around the room provide a cushion or chair for them to sit on.
  • It may be helpful to do the teaching at the same time of the day. In our family we do it after breakfast, so my girls come to expect it. 
  • After the teaching you may want to take the chance to pray together.
  • Look for times during daily life to teach your child how to apply what you taught from the Bible. "And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”Deuteronomy 6:7


“even the Word regarding Jesus from Nazareth, how God anointed him with holy spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, because God was with him. We are witnesses of all that he did both in the land of the Judeans and in Jerusalem, whom they also did away with by hanging him on a wood post. This one God raised up [resurrected] the third day and clearly showed him” Acts 10:38-40 WTJ *

*WTJ -Working Translation Copyright © 2006, 2013 by Walter J. Cummins.

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