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1 LEADER BIBLE STUDY Jesus was about thirty years old when He began His ministry. After John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, Jesus was tempted in the desert. Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover. Then, He headed north to Galilee. He went through the region of Samaria, stopping at Jacob s well to talk to a Samaritan woman. Jesus began teaching in the synagogues. He went to the town of Nazareth. Nazareth was a small village in the hills between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. This was the place Jesus grew up. On the Sabbath day, Jesus went into the synagogue. He read aloud the words of the prophet Isaiah. (See Isa. 61:1-2.) Jesus sat down. Everyone s eyes were on Him as He explained, Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled. What was Jesus saying? Jesus was saying, It s Me. The words Jesus read were coming true. Some of the people might have remembered Jesus from His youth. They asked, Isn t this Joseph s son? Jesus knew their thoughts; Jesus had performed miracles in Capernaum, and the people wanted Jesus to do miracles in His hometown too. Jesus reminded them of two Old Testament accounts. Many widows lived in Israel when the prophet Elijah was there, but God sent Elijah to help a widow in another country. And Elisha likely encountered Israelites who had leprosy, but he healed Naaman the Syrian. Jesus wanted the people to understand that His miracles were an act of grace a gift. No one deserves God s grace, so God may show grace to whomever He pleases. The people were angry. They drove Jesus away, intending to kill Him, but Jesus escaped through the crowd. Jesus came to give sight to the blind and to set the captives free. He came preaching good news. Finally, the Messiah had come! Jesus is God s plan to save sinners.

2 Preschool Bible study OVERVIEW: Green 10:35 10:20 Small Group Opening Green A Green B Green C 10:45 Snack/Prayer Requests Snack/Prayer Requests Playground 11:00 Snack/Prayer Bible Story Playground Requests 11:15 Playground Bible Story Bible Story 11:25 Small Group Activities * Weather permitting, Green classes will use the playground on the right.

3 Preschool Bible study OVERVIEW: Red 10:35 10:20 Small Group Opening Red A Red B Red C 10:45 Playground* Snack/Prayer Requests Playground* 11:00 Large Group Large Group Large Group 11:10 Snack/Prayer Requests Playground* Snack/Prayer Requests 11:00 Large Group Bible Story 11:10 Small Group Activities * Weather permitting, Red classes will use the middle playground.

4 Preschool Bible study OVERVIEW: Yellow 10:35 10:20 Small Group Opening Yellow A Yellow B Yellow C 10:45 Snack/Prayer Playground* Snack/Prayer Requests Requests 11:00 Snack/Prayer Requests Playground* Playground* 11:10 Large Group Large Group Large Group 11:10 Large Group Bible Story 11:20 Small Group Activities * Weather permitting, Yellow classes will use the playground on the left.

5 10:35 SMALL GROUP OPENING - The Only Name (Yours Will Be) song playing on the CD player - Set out favorite toys, puzzles, blocks on table Welcome and Session Starter (15 20 minutes) Play the unit theme song in the background as you greet preschoolers and follow your church s security procedures. Set out a few favorite toys, such as puzzles and blocks. Home drawings paper crayons or markers Invite each child to draw a picture of his home. Kids can include their favorite things in their houses, their backyards, their rooms, and so forth. Encourage kids to describe what they are drawing and why those things are their favorite. Say The picture you drew shows where you are living and growing right now. Do you know what city you live in? In our Bible story today, Jesus went back to the town He grew up in. It was called Nazareth. Can you say that with me? NAZ-uhreth. Examine the letter G G Pictures dry erase board or large piece of paper and markers material such as play dough, sand, or shaving cream Allergy Alert Write the letter G on a dry erase board or large piece of paper. Show the G Pictures of familiar words that start with the letter G. Select a material such play dough, sand, or shaving cream. Let the children practice writing a G into the material with their index fingers.

6 LARGE GROUP BIBLE STUDY Large Group Bible Study (10 15 minutes) Introduce the Bible story Key Passage or Poster God So Loved song Ask the children if they ve ever received good news. This could be good news for someone else or for them. What was the news? How did they hear about it? (phone call, in person, letter, invitation, and so forth) How did they feel when they received the good news? Allow kids to talk about their good news for a few moments. Say Our Bible story today is about Jesus telling the best news ever. Our key passage tells us what this news is. Read the key passage aloud several times. Since it is the last week, ask if any children would like to say the key passage by themselves. Then sing together God So Loved. Tell the Bible story Bible Bible Story Picture Poster Big Picture Question Poster Say Today s Bible story comes from the Book of Luke, which is in the New Testament. [Open your Bible to the Book of Luke.] This story has a sad ending because some of the people in the story chose not to believe Jesus good news. Listen carefully so you can hear where Jesus went, what He said, and how the people reacted to His words. Tell the Bible story with your Bible open to Luke 4 or show the video Rejection at Nazareth. Say Jesus came to share the gospel with people in need. What does the word gospel mean? Gospel means good news. The good news is that God loves us so much, He sent Jesus to earth to save us from sin. Jesus came to help us. Talk about the Bible story Timeline Map Refer to the timeline map as you review the Bible story. Where did Jesus grow up? (Nazareth) Where did Jesus go to read the scroll? (the synagogue, a special building where people met to worship God) Who were Isaiah s words from the scroll about? (Jesus) What does the word gospel mean? Gospel means good news. What did Jesus come to do? (tell good news to the poor, tell the captives that they are free, help blind people see) Did the people believe Jesus was sent from God? (No, they remembered He was from their town. They were angry. They wanted to hurt Jesus.) Say Long before Jesus was born, Isaiah the prophet talked about God s plan to send Jesus to earth. Jesus would bring good news and help people who were hurting. Jesus read Isaiah s words. Jesus said that He is the One God promised to send. Transition to small groups Return to small groups, where you will do activities to reinforce the Bible story.

7 THE BIBLE STORY Rejection at Nazareth Luke 4:16-30 Jesus went to the town of Nazareth. Nazareth was special to Jesus. He grew up there as a young boy. But Jesus wasn t a young boy anymore; He was a man. Jesus had grown up, and now He traveled and taught people about God. On the Sabbath day, Jesus went to the synagogue, a special building where Jews met together to pray, worship, and learn about the Scriptures. The Sabbath day was a special day a day set apart for God s people to rest. On that day, God s people the Jews all went to the synagogue to worship God. One of the ways people worshiped God was by listening to God s Word. That day, Jesus stood up to read God s Word. He opened a scroll. The scroll had words on it that the prophet Isaiah had written long ago. Jesus read the words: God s Spirit is on Me. He has chosen Me to tell good news to the poor. He has sent Me to tell the captives that they are free, to help the blind people see, to free people who have been treated badly, and to announce that God s favor is on us. Then Jesus rolled up the scroll. He gave the scroll to a man who worked in the synagogue, and then He sat down. The people in the synagogue stared at Jesus, waiting for Him to do something. Jesus said, These words came true today. Yes, Isaiah s words came true because Isaiah s words were about Jesus! God was with Jesus, and God had chosen Jesus to tell people good news! Many of the people in the synagogue were happy. Jesus was saying wonderful things! But some people said, Isn t this Joseph s son? Those people had grown up with Jesus. They knew Him when He was a young boy. They did not think there was anything special about Him. But Jesus is very special! Jesus father on earth was Joseph, but His true Father is God! Jesus knew the people in Nazareth would not accept Him. No prophet is accepted in his hometown, He said. When Jesus was done talking, the people listening to Him were angry. They forced Jesus to leave Nazareth. They wanted to hurt Jesus, but Jesus walked away. Christ Connection: Long before Jesus was born, Isaiah the prophet talked about God s plan to send Jesus to earth. Jesus would bring good news and help people who were hurting. Jesus read Isaiah s words. Jesus said that He is the One God promised to send.

8 10:35 SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES Small Group Activities (20 25 minutes) Remember to include the big picture question and answer in conversation as kids participate in small group activities. Jump in, freeze! masking tape Use masking tape to mark a wide circle. Lead the kids to line up around the outside of the circle. Read a few key words or phrases relating to the Bible story. After each word or phrase, the children will jump into the circle and play out what that word or phrase looks like. Play a practice round with the word eat. The children should jump into the circle and freeze in the eating position (pretending to bite into a hamburger or spoon cereal into their mouth). Suggested words and phrases from the story: Jesus, synagogue, travel, read the scroll, watching Jesus, young boy, good news, angry, and so forth. Say Jesus read the scroll in the synagogue in Nazareth. He read words that Isaiah had written long ago. God sent Jesus to make Isaiah s words come true. Jesus came to help the hurting, heal the sick, give peace to those who are worried, and give joy to those who are sad. This was good news, and it s still good news today! Talk about Jesus stories paper art supplies Small Group Visual Pack (optional) Give the kids paper and art supplies. Tell the children to draw stories they know about Jesus. They could have heard the stories at church or at home. They could be about when Jesus was little or grown up. You may choose to refer to the small group visual pack to help kids remember past Bible stories about Jesus. Kids may draw one story or many stories. As kids work, ask them what stories they are drawing. Say How do you feel toward Jesus when you remember the story you drew? Think about our Bible story today and what we learned about the gospel. What does the word gospel mean? Gospel means good news. How did the people in Nazareth feel about Jesus message? Were they happy when Jesus said that God sent Him? Sing a song about the gospel Sing the big picture question and answer to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb : 1) What does the word gospel mean? Gospel mean, gospel mean? What does the word gospel mean? Gospel means good news!

9 2) Jesus came to bring good news, Bring good news, bring good news. Jesus came to bring good news, Jesus said, God loves you! Say What does the word gospel mean? Gospel means good news! The good news about Jesus is that He came to earth to die on the cross to save people from their sins. Jesus did that because He loves us! The gospel isn t just good news it s the best news ever!

10 Snack and Prayer Requests Take a restroom break and wash hands or use hand sanitizer. Choose volunteers to help set up for the snack; remind children during snack time to say please and thank you. Thank God for the snack. As children eat their snack together around the table, ask them how they can be praying for each other. Write prayer requests in spiral provided in the class bin. (if your class does not need a snack, this is a great time to do playdough and prayer requests) Activity Page: Bible Story Coloring page

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