Month 3: The Life and Ministry of Jesus

Week 1: The Birth of Jesus

Lesson: Theme: Jesus’ Birth Scripture: Luke 2:1-20 Main Point: Jesus came to save us.

Opening Prayer: (By invitation)

Activity: Nativity Scene Reflection Instructions: Set up a nativity scene in the room, including figures of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the shepherds, and the wise men. Ask the teenagers to take a few moments to observe the nativity scene and reflect on the significance of Jesus’ birth. Encourage them to consider the humble circumstances of Jesus’ birth and the impact it has on their lives.

Summary: In this lesson, we explored the theme of Jesus’ birth. Through the nativity scene reflection activity, the teenagers were reminded of the miraculous and humble circumstances surrounding Jesus’ arrival. They recognized Jesus as the Savior who came to bring salvation to the world.

Scripture Memorization: Luke 2:11 – “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Due by next week)

Possible Refreshment: Hot Chocolate and Cookies Serve hot chocolate and cookies to the teenagers as they reflect on the warmth and joy of Jesus’ birth.

Closing Prayer: (By invitation)

Week 2: Jesus’ Teachings

Lesson: Theme: Jesus’ Teachings Scripture: Matthew 5:1-12 Main Point: Jesus teaches us how to live.

Opening Prayer: (By invitation)

Activity: Beatitudes Reflection Instructions: Read and discuss the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:1-12. Ask the teenagers to choose one or more Beatitudes that resonate with them personally. Provide journals or paper for them to reflect on how they can apply those teachings in their daily lives. Encourage them to share their insights with the group, fostering a discussion on living according to Jesus’ teachings.

Summary: In this lesson, we focused on the teachings of Jesus, specifically the Beatitudes. Through the Beatitudes reflection activity, the teenagers considered the values and principles Jesus taught in His Sermon on the Mount. They were challenged to live out these teachings and strive for a Christ-centered life.

Scripture Memorization: Matthew 5:16 – “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Due by next week)

Possible Refreshment: Salted Popcorn Serve salted popcorn as a reminder of the call to be salt and light in the world, influencing others through our actions and character.

Closing Prayer: (By invitation)

Week 3: Jesus’ Miracles

Lesson: Theme: Jesus’ Miracles Scripture: John 9:1-7 Main Point: Jesus has the power to heal and perform miracles.

Opening Prayer: (By invitation)

Activity: Miracles Discussion and Testimony Sharing Instructions: Lead a discussion about the miracles performed by Jesus, focusing on the healing of the blind man in John 9:1-7. Encourage the teenagers to share personal experiences of God’s miraculous work in their lives. Discuss the faith and trust required to witness and receive miracles from Jesus.

Summary: In this lesson, we explored the miracles of Jesus. Through the miracles discussion and testimony sharing, the teenagers learned about Jesus’ supernatural power to heal and perform miracles. They were encouraged to have faith in Jesus’ ability to work in their lives and to be open to experiencing His miraculous power.

Scripture Memorization: John 9:5 – “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (Due by next week)

Possible Refreshment: Fruit Kabobs Prepare fruit kabobs with a variety of colorful fruits, representing the vibrant and life-giving nature of Jesus’ miracles.

Closing Prayer: (By invitation)

Week 4: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus

Lesson: Theme: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10 Main Point: Jesus rose from the dead and conquered sin and death.

Opening Prayer: (By invitation)

Activity: Resurrection Celebration Instructions: Engage in a celebration of Jesus’ resurrection. Play uplifting music, decorate the room with symbols of new life, and encourage the teenagers to share personal reflections on the significance of Jesus’ victory over sin and death. Celebrate the hope and new life found in Jesus’ resurrection.

Summary: In this lesson, we focused on the death and resurrection of Jesus. Through the resurrection celebration activity, the teenagers joyfully commemorated Jesus’ triumph over sin and death. They were reminded of the hope and new life that believers receive through Christ’s resurrection.

Scripture Memorization: Matthew 28:6 – “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” (Due by next week)

Possible Refreshment: Resurrection Rolls Prepare resurrection rolls, a treat made with marshmallows wrapped in crescent roll dough and baked. As the rolls bake, the marshmallows disappear, symbolizing Jesus’ resurrection.

Closing Prayer: (By invitation)

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