HT Rachel South
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On Monday, December 12, 2011, I “retold” the Christmas story in LIVE action with the students @ the Junior Followers Christmas Party.
It was a lot of fun for the students to play Mary and Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds and angels, animals, and wise men.
In my experience, doing this kind of storytelling with children really helps to cement the details of the story as well as engage their imaginations and involvement!
On Wednesday, December 14, 2011 we shared The Gospel with the middle school students. We used the “Two Ways to Live” story and graphics from Matthias Media.
You can view the online presentation of the Gospel here: Who will be King?
It was a powerful presentation and response. I just wanted to share how we use it and that it went really well!
In our current study of the parables, Jesus further frustrates his listeners with the parable of the workers in the vineyard. As the landowner says at the end of the story: “Are you so frustrated because I am so generous?”
I think we all are (or can be) frustrated with God because he is so generous and doesn’t play by the “fair” rules we think govern our world. In God’s world, his sense of “fairness” is drastically different than ours…
Jesus spent some time with some shady people: tax collectors and sinners. This frustrated the religious, “super-duper Christian” types. So Jesus told a series of three stories: Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, and Lost Son.
Now, when the Scripture writers repeat themselves, it is saying something like: PAY ATTENTION HERE! Only in a few instances does the biblical authors, or Jesus himself, do a series of THREE. It’s like Jesus is saying:
“Okay, here’s a story…
“Now just in case you missed my point, here’s another story…
“Now because I know you are still not getting what I am saying, here is a third story right between the eyes!”
Jesus is strongly emphasizing that the reason he came is to seek and save the lost, not the righteous.
The Parable of the Losts [y3_w13]
Story Lesson (369.27kb, pdf)
Audio File: Lost Sheep (2.84mb, mp3), Lost Coin (3.33mb, mp3), and Lost Son (7.36mb, mp3)
Video Link: Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, and Lost Son (11.27.11 @ vimeo.com)
Video Link (11.30.08 @ vimeo.com)
This past Sunday we started into some of the teachings of Jesus: the Parables. A parable is “a story with a point” as one student put it. And he was right! Jesus told some compelling stories to his listeners that challenged the current thinking of the day in light of the kingdom of God (Jesus) breaking in to human history (Jesus). And as far-reaching as it sounds, these ancient parables or stories, actually have something to say to us today in light of our current thinking and the kingdom of God (Jesus) breaking in to human history (Jesus).
The Parable of the Sower [y3_w12]
Jesus feeding the 5,000 is a well-known story. It’s difficult to mess up, and, at the same time, introduce anything really new.
With this in mind I used this opportunity to give the Main Street students some perspective on where we were in the New Testament; particularly the books we are pulling the stories of Jesus from: the Gospels. I had them all grab Bibles (either their own, or the ones we have available in the room) and turn to the location of the story, as well as the beginning of the New Testament. I talked about how the life of Jesus is recorded from 4 different angles and perspectives: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Then we read the story of Jesus’ feeding the multitude miracle and walked through the text expositionally. It was really worthwhile.