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for the week of APRIL 5th
Beyond the Bible Story
Story Point: John baptized Jesus.
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY
John the Baptist told people to repent and be ready for the kingdom of God.
Jesus asked John to baptize Him.
At first, John did not think it was right for him to baptize Jesus.
Jesus obeyed God by being baptized.
KEY PASSAGE: John 3:30
BIG PICTURE QUESTION
Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS
Why did John think it was odd for him to baptize Jesus?
Why is baptism important and what does it mean?
Who should be baptized?
Look up instructions for how to make tie-dye clothing at home. Work with your kids to make fun and colorful shirts or other garment items. Discuss the term baptism, and explain how your church handles baptism. Remind kids what baptism symbolizes.
Play out the Bible story with water
Spread a towel on a table and cover the floor around the table with additional towels.
Place a plastic bin on the table.
Fill the bin with a couple inches of water to represent the Jordan River.
Set out several plastic people figures and a plastic bird.
Lead preschoolers to play out the Bible story.
Say "John taught and preached. Many people came to hear him. When the people said they were sorry for their sins and asked God to forgive them, John baptized them. John was surprised when Jesus asked to be baptized, but John baptized Jesus. Then God’s Spirit came down on Jesus like a dove. God’s voice came from heaven. “This is My Son. I love Him, and I am very happy with Him!” John knew Jesus was God’s Son.
Instruct kids to stand or sit in a circle.
Stand in the center and say, “Cross the circle if you … [announce something you can do or have done].” (Examples: if you have brown eyes, if you have ever danced in the rain, if you have bowled a strike, can bake a cake, and so on)
Players who can also do or who have also done that thing should cross the circle and sit in the seat of someone else who crossed the circle. End the game with these two prompts: if you have ever sinned, if you have ever been baptized or seen someone else be baptized.
Say "In the Bible story we heard today, Jesus was baptized like sinners are baptized. But Jesus never sinned! Someone tell me why Jesus was baptized."
Questions from Kids
Watch this video with your elementary school kids and discuss the question given at the end of the video.