Saturday, May 31, 2014

Birth of John the Baptist
The Birth of John begins a 22 week study on the Life of Jesus.
We are going to be learning about the life of Jesus for the next couple of months. Today’s lesson is about the birth of John and is found in Luke 1:5-25; 39-80. He is about 6 months older than Jesus, and John is the one who baptizes Jesus. John's father is Zacharias and his mother is Elizabeth. They were both faithful to God. They were older and didn’t have any children. Zacharias was a priest. He was burning incense in the temple during the hour of incense, and there was a large group of people outside praying.
An angel of the Lord appeared to him on the right side of the altar of incense. When Zacharias saw him, he was worried and afraid. But the angel said "Do not to be afraid. Your prayer was heard and Elizabeth would have a son and you will call him John. You will be glad and many people will celebrate his birth. He will be great in the Lord’s eyes and will teach many people about Jesus. He will prepare the way for Jesus."
Zacharias asked the angel how will I know this, I am an old man and my wife is old. The angel told him that he is Gabriel and was sent to tell him about John. But because you didn’t believe what I told you, you will not be able to speak until the things I told you happen.
The people waited for Zacharias and they were amazed that it took him so long in the temple. When he came out, he couldn’t speak and they thought he had a vision. When his work was done at the temple, Zacharias returned home to his wife Elizabeth. She found out that she was going to have a baby and hid herself for 5 months. Elizabeth was very happy to have a baby!
Her neighbors and relatives were so happy for her and celebrated with Elizabeth! When they were going to name the baby, normally they would have named him Zacharias like his father, but Elizabeth said they were naming him John. Her friends said, "But no one in your family is named John!"
And then they asked Zacharias what they were going to call the baby. Remember, he can’t talk and so he took a writing tablet and wrote “His name is John.” They were so surprised!

Immediately Zacharias could talk and he spoke praising God. People all over the country heard about this and talked about it.

John grew up and became strong in his faith.
Today's project is a slider. Depending on your students, you can make these before class and use them during the lesson like I do, or you can let them put the slider together. But, in either case, I would use the craft knife before class to cut the sides open. Click here to print it.

There is a similar slider for Paul with photos and directions to put them together and use. They are the same concept except for the graphics. Click here to see directions for assembly. The link will take you to the Paul slider for instructions.
Click on the picture to print the Birth of John Worksheet.
Print the Spanish worksheet here.
For the class Project: During the class, let the children use a small chalkboard and write comments/questions. I had the kids write like Zacharias had to. “I can’t talk, food?, baby (add smiley face), etc.” At the end, have them write “His name is John.” They also take them home.  Click to see the chalkboards.
(They are plain wood, don't forget the chalk!) 
I also made these to use with the lessons, especially shorter lessons that we can spend time reviewing what we have learned.  You can use a hole punch and keep them on a book ring. Or, you can store them in an envelope or pocket. Click here to print.

I am having the kids store them in library pockets that I purchase at the teacher's supply store, and they will keep them in these which will be used every week during our study of Jesus:
Click on the picture to see these Life of Jesus Fact Cards and how we will use them.
I made these to use as we wait for everyone to come to class. A lot of kids are nervous when they change classes, so it will give us something to talk about and give their hands something to do. Or, you can use them after the lesson if you have time as a 'Get to know me' conversation starter. Everything on the worksheet can be used to talk about the Bible, like God made everything, God made us different, we like different things, and God loves us, etc. The download has your choice of color or black & white. Click on the picture to print. 
Bible Verse: Luke 1:63Click on the picture to print the NKJV Bible Verse & Teacher's Visual.
I have started using these black and white simple Bible verses that I print on color paper. It saves ink and is easier to read. It does not have the scripture printed on it and is easier to read. We look up the scripture in the Bible, so it does not need to be printed. Click here to download this Bible verse.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission.


  1. I could have used this several years ago when I was teaching Sunday School. How fun! Thanks for stopping by and linking up with The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. We are so glad you came.

  2. I love your site. It is used as my homeschooling bible time resource. Thanks for the time you put into each study.

    1. Thanks so much Michelle! I am glad you find some useful resources! Thank you for the nice comment!

  3. As always, I love your ministry! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog Hop!

    1. Thank you Pam for stopping by! I appreciate it and thank you for hosting!

  4. As always, you find a way for kids to relate to the bible study through hands-on learning. It's truly inspiring! Thanks for sharing at the After School Linky!

    1. Thank you! I appreciate the comment! Thank you for hosting!

  5. Your lessons are always top notch. You put a lot of work into them.

  6. Thanks so much for your hard work and creative ideas! I utilize the internet a lot for planning my own lessons for kids' church and find your site extremely useful and a tremendous blessing!

  7. The link to the instructions for the slider goes to the story of King Agrippa not the instructions. I'll try to figure out myself but thought you might like to know.

    1. Glenda, yes the link is correct. There is a slider for Paul and there are photos and directions to put them together and use. They are the same concept except for the graphics. Thanks though, I will clarify this for other readers.


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