The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
January 2 - January 30, 2005
Scripture: Matthew 3:13-4:11
Memory Verse: “Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin!” Hebrews 4:15 (CEV)
Ø Although human, Jesus did not give into temptation – he was obedient to God.
Ø Evil exists in the world.
Ø Sometimes we are tempted to disobey God.
Ø When tempted, we can call on God and turn to God’s word for help.
In the Good News Lesson we hope to:
Welcome and Introductions:
Wear your nametag. Make sure the children are wearing nametags. If not, ask the shepherd to supply a temporary badge. Remember you are interacting with a different group of students each week that may not know you. Remember to that if you need the shepherds to assist you in any way do not be afraid to ask, that is why they are present with the class.
1. Ask them stand and bow their heads for prayer. [Dear Lord, who is with us everywhere we go, we thank you for your love. We pray this morning you will help us to better understand your word and to pay attention to what is right and wrong. Please forgive us when we do not always obey. Amen.]
2. Have them remain standing and say the memory verse. (You may want to have the verse on poster board.)
3. Once seated have them open their Bibles to the Scripture. Ask the children to volunteer/assist in reading the scriptures. It is not necessary to have all children to read. If you want to read and have them to follow along, that is your choice. Matthew 3:13-4:11
After the scripture provide an explanation that these two stories are important in that we are shown the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.
The importance of Baptism – using these notes to “tell” the story:
In our church many of you were baptized as babies and a few of you were baptized as young children. It does not matter the time in one’s life they are baptized, even adults are baptized. It shows our families made the decision or we made the decision to join God’s Family.
Temptation – in the scripture we are told that Jesus was tempted just like we are often tempted.
Ø We see that the first temptation was to put the satisfaction of His own needs before those of Gods. Jesus resisted!
Ø The second time He was tempted to take a short cut to do God’s work rather than the path God wanted Him to take. Jesus resisted!
Ø The last temptation was to use His power over the people for Himself. Jesus resisted!
Ø The message of Jesus being tempted is that we should not just be concerned with the results, but how we get to the results. We must always think before we act. We must remember what is right from wrong.
Experiment to show children that choices are not always easy, that we should think before we act and that sometimes it is hard to choose right from wrong.
o ¼ cup table salt in a small clear bowl
o ¼ cup of sugar in a small clear bowl
o One square of unsweetened baking chocolate – unwrapped and have shavings for them to taste
o One square of plain milk chocolate unwrapped (or a milk chocolate bar cut into a square) – unwrapped and have shavings for them to taste
o Paper towels
Guide each child to:
Distribute the journal page making sure there are copies for each child. The Shepherd will provide pens or pencils.
By 10:45 close with a prayer.
Prayer: Thank you God for loving us so much that He calls everyone to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Tidy and Dismissal: Ask children to help tidy up. Ask them to assist in cleaning up the experiment.
Teacher preparation in advance:
1. Read the scripture passages and attend the Faith Quest Leaders Bible Study.
2. Prepare a closing prayer for your lesson.
3. Purchase supplies – there is a voucher in your packet for reimbursement.
Suggested Supply List
Ø Poster paper with Bible memory verse
Ø Small table, piano bench or table cloth for the experiment materials
For each class you will need:
Ø ¼ cup table salt in a small clear bowl
Ø ¼ cup of sugar in a small clear bowl
Ø One square of unsweetened baking chocolate – unwrapped and have shavings for them to taste
Ø One square of plain milk chocolate unwrapped (or a milk chocolate bar cut into a square) – unwrapped and have shavings for them to taste
Ø Paper towels
Lori Houck, Kirk Faith Quest Bible Study Leader
Children’s Illustrated Bible by Parker and Dyson
Creative Bible Learning Science and Cooking by K. Henley