Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"John the Baptist" Teaching Ideas

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Theme Verse: “I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:8 ESV, printout

Song: “Thank You Lord”

Parent Preparation: Mark 1:1-8, Matthew 3:1-12, John 1:25-31 Luke 1:16-17, 76-79, and Luke 3:1-18. Prepare with prayer. For further reference: The Acceptable Year of the Lord” 3.1. "Walking In God's Power Intermediate Class Student Study Guide" Appendix 2.5.

Supplies: Bible, print out of teaching, Bible times map, container of water, plastic toy person, toy person for John the Baptist, blue cloth, green cloth

Day 1
  •  (Read the record from a children’s Bible or Mark 1:4-8)
  • John the Baptist was a prophet. He spoke for God.
  • John baptized people with water in the River Jordan.  He would put them completely under the water in the river and bring them back out. (Put a plastic toy person in a container with water, and then bring back out.)  
  • (read the theme verse).
  • John taught the people that someone was coming that would baptize them with Holy Spirit.  
  • Who was he telling them about? Jesus Christ!
Day 2
  • (Read the record from a children’s Bible or Mark 1:4-8)
  • John wore clothes made from camel’s hair.  He wore a leather belt.  He ate locust and honey.
  • People came to hear what him preach in the wilderness by the river Jordan (show on map,  west of the Jordan river near the southern end of the river).
  • He prepared the way for people to see the salvation of God. 
  • (read theme verse, and have your child echo it)
Day 3 
  • (Read the record from a children’s Bible or Mark 1:4-8)
  • (read Luke 3:15) People wondered whether John was the Christ. 
  • Ever since Adam and Eve sinned (show the front of a children’s Bible), people had been looking for the Christ. This was a long, long time. 
  • John said that someone comes after him who is mightier than John.  
  • (read theme verse, and have your child echo it)
  • Who was he talking about?  Jesus Christ!
  • Jesus Christ was going to make it available for people to be 1. body 2. soul and 3. spirit.

Additional Activities:
  •  Read about the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) and talk about how it is now available to be baptized with Holy Spirit.
  • Read about John the Baptists birth Luke 1:5-25, 39-80
  • Read Luke 1:16. Have your child turn away from you. Talk about how God’s people were turned away from God. John the Baptist was going to turn them back.
  • John the Baptist Puppet: cut out John from a coloring page. Color. Attach a craft stick by glue or tape. Have your child hold the puppet while saying the theme verse. I used a coloring page 169 from The Really Big Book of Bible Story Coloring Pages. There is also this one.
  • "God Gave His Son" Bible Verse Journal: 1. print the verse page on card stock 2. paint with blue water color 3.add it to your 3 ring binder (you can try this cling wrap technique, it didn't work for me but maybe it will for you!)
 Related Posts:
"Jesus Christ Our Savior" Series Overview
"This Is My Beloved Son"

©Brigette Hill 2014

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