John the Baptist by Jennifer Tolbert
This lesson is about John the Baptist and his ministry to prepare the way for Jesus.
1. John the Baptist was a fulfillment of prophecy from the prophet Isaiah.
2. John the Baptist was to prepare the way for Jesus. His message was that the coming of the Savior was near.
3. We can be bold in sharing God's message just like John the Baptist.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7-8
New Testament Books
Hear O Israel
Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart
Lord My Desire
We Fall Down
You're the One
Stand Up and Shout It
Give Me a J
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Honey Taste Test: Have the children taste test honey. Discuss how delicious the honey is and how today we are going to learn about someone who ate honey. But he ate his wild honey with...locusts! (You may have to explain or show what a locust is). Bonus if you can find one and bring it in for the children to see.
2. Locust Race: Print copies of the paper locust from Trueway Kids. Let the kids use a straw to blow the locust and try to get it to "Hop" across a finish line.
Story: Do you remember the story when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth? Do you remember what the baby in Elizabeth's stomach did when it heard Mary's voice? Jumped! That baby knew before it was born that Mary's baby was something special! Today, we are going to talk about what that baby did when it grew up.
He had a very special job. His job was to tell everyone to Repent! and get ready because the Savior was coming. But he had some very peculiar habits. Let's talk about John the Baptist.
READ Luke 3:2-20 in your Bible or tell the children about John the Baptist.
1. Do you remember how John the Baptist and Jesus were related?
2. Where did John the Baptist live?
3. What prophet spoke about John the Baptist.
4. What was the message of John the Baptist?
Challenge the kids to come up with a God statement based on this lesson. For example, God is my best friend, God is loyal, God will protect me...
Use salt dough or air dry clay to make a few hearts. Let the children mold their own hearts and compare a hard heart to a soft heart. Let the children decorate their hearts by adding beads, glitter or paint.
Tissue Paper Roll Grasshopper
Template, Toilet paper roll, Markers, Glue, Scissors