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In all likelihood, many of you have an established curriculum in your Sunday Schools. Our goal is to augment your lessons with additional information.  In November, the Activities section will look at the Gospel of Luke.  Since the first three Gospels cover most of the same information, each month will include different events, parables, healings, and teachings.  Since Acts is Volume Two of Luke’s work – we will use December and January to cover Acts before returning to John in February.   BibleWise has been very thorough in discussing the Nativity and Passion stories at Christmas and Easter.  For further information on those events, go directly to the archives.

The entire Activities section will be divided into Memory Work, Activities, Discussion Questions, and Assignments.  You can go to any of these sections and select what best works for your pupils. Since November is the month for National Bible Week and Thanksgiving, you might want to "make time for" reviews of Bible stories, characters, verses, and opportunities to give thanks.

   
 

MEMORY WORK

   
 

Teachers and Parents

It is so important to encourage our little ones as well as ourselves to memorize Bible verses and stories – to become so familiar with the passage or story that its timeless relevance appears to us more and more clearly with every retelling. A major difference was evident between Sunday School pupils required to tell the story versus those who gave nodding recognition to the same story. Last year I asked three third graders to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. They couldn’t. After working with them to learn to tell the story in their own words and share it with family, friends, and our nursery children, they not only could tell the story at Christmas last year, but they remembered it without prompting. We can not overlook the significance of memorizing a verse or story.

Consider sharing with your Sunday School pupils and parents how to help little ones learn the verse and understand the impact of the message on their lives.

  1. Write out or type this week’s Bible verse on a card and place it on a mirror the child uses each day.
  2. Place the verse for the week in his/her lunch box.
  3. Ask the child to recite the verse before or after grace at the dinner meal.
  4. Practice as a family at dinner, going around the table with each one saying a word until the verse is complete.
  5. Put the verse to music. Create your own tune for each Bible verse. Create pictures to help remember the verse. [see Swap Shop]
  6. Write it in a Bible verse notebook as many times as you can.
   
 

Bible Verses

Work with your child and your students to learn each verse. Then, discuss the meaning of the verse and how it can be applied to our everyday lives. On Sundays during class, riding in the car, or at dinner, it's fun to share stories of how the children have used the verse in their lives that week.

We provide memorization verses for each week. You can add your own.

Sunday Nov. 6
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

  • How can we preach?
  • What is the gospel?
  • Where in the world do we need to go?

Sunday Nov. 13
Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

  • Why is nothing impossible to God?
  • How did you use this verse this past week?

Sunday Nov. 20
Luke 11:10
  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

  • Who should we be asking?
  • Where should we be seeking?
  • What opens if we knock?
  • What does this verse say about prayer?

Sunday Nov. 27
I Thess 5:18
  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

  • How is it possible to give thanks for everything?
  • Why is it important to be grateful?

Sunday Dec. 4
II Cor 9:15  Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

  • What is God’s unspeakable gift?
  • Why is God’s gift so special?
   
 

Bible Stories

Select one or more Bible stories for the children to learn each month.   We are studying Luke, so here are a few stories you might ask your pupils to learn and share:

  • The healing of Jairus’ daughter and the woman with an issue of blood. Luke 8: 41-56
  • The Good Samaritan Luke 10:30-35
  • The Prodigal Son Luke 15: 11-32
  • The Lost Sheep Luke 15: 4-7
   
 

ACTIVITIES

   
 
  • In preparation for Thanksgiving, ask each student to:
    • Make a list of what they are grateful for
      • Young children can draw pictures that represent their gratitude
    • Write a thank you note to God
  • In preparation for National Bible Week  November 20-27
    • Have your pupils make posters to put up around the church to remind everyone of this important week
      • The poster might include questions about the Bible like:
        • How many books in the Bible?
        • How many books in the Old Testament?
        • How many books in the New Testament?
        • What is the shortest verse in the Bible?
        • What is the longest book in the Bible?
      • Or questions about Bible characters and stories?
        • Who was the first prophet?
        • Who brought down the walls of Jericho?
        • Who are the women in Jesus’ genealogy?
        • What is the 5th commandment?
        • How old was Jesus when the Wise men arrived?
        • How many Beatitudes are there?
    • Have a contest and see who can recite the most Bible verses
    • Create a Bible Jeopardy game for Sunday school pupils and church members
    • Plan an activity for the family to recognize National Bible Week
      • Agree to read the Bible as a family for 15 minutes after dinner.
      • Share any Bible verse that has helped you.
      • Assign a different task for each day. The following is just an example. Create a program that will work for your family.
        • Sunday, quote your favorite verse and discuss it.
        • Monday, have each member tell his or her favorite story.
        • Tuesday, play twenty questions about a character in the Bible.
        • Wednesday, divide up the responsibility for writing a prayer for each meal on Thanksgiving. Make certain it includes a Bible verse. Ex. The Bible says to Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. Thank you God for everyone sitting at this table. Thank you for ….
        • Thursday, each person gets to share his or her prayer prepared for all of the meals.
        • Friday, write out your favorite Bible verse and give it to a family member.
        • Saturday, list all the things you learned about the Bible this week to share in Sunday School.
        • Sunday, share what you learned with your Sunday School class.
   
 

Teachers:  Share why you love the Bible with your students. Ask them to look for articles in newspapers and magazines, or to search for ideas in television programs and movies that mention God, the Bible, or the importance of gratitude this next week. Have them bring the results next Sunday.

Complete the matching game below.

 Print version of Expressions of Gratitude | Answers to Expressions of Gratitude

This is an excellent exercise for review on National Bible Week as well as preparing for Thanksgiving.  Which person expressed gratitude for these blessings?

   
 

Exercises about Luke

  • Compare the birth stories in Matthew and Luke
    • How are they different?
    • How are they similar?
      • Younger children – draw a picture of the shepherds visiting the baby Jesus
      • Older children – write the nativity story in modern language
  • What are some of the healings in Luke?
  • List some of the parables in Luke.
   
 

Jesus as a Healer

This is an exercise adapted from In Jesus’ Time by K. Merrill and K. Christian.

Choose one of the healings in the book of Luke. You may need some research books to help you with your responses.

Print Version of Jesus as a Healer

Bible Healing ___________________________________________
Scripture ___________________________________________

What is the problem to be healed? Where does it occur?

_____________________________________________________

In the healing account, does the author indicate what might be in the thought of the patient? Explain those qualities.

_____________________________________________________

Describe the environment in which the healing takes place. Does anyone resist this healing taking place?

_____________________________________________________

What rituals, traditions, or customs does Jesus break (if any)?

_____________________________________________________

From the account in Mark, what is Jesus’ thought about this situation? [Ex. Jesus was moved with compassion]

_____________________________________________________

What specifically does Jesus say or do in order to bring about the healing?

_____________________________________________________

 

 

 

Exercise:

Now that you’ve read Matthew, Mark, and Luke, continue with your chart of comparisons and differences.   Add the Bible verse. The following is an example – a way for you to begin. You can continue to add to this chart after you’ve read John. This activity will require the use of your Bible and other Bible study aids. This is an activity that might appear too hard for younger children, but using the Beginner Bible or the NIrV Read to Me Bible is a good place to start to help children think in terms of the events in Jesus’ life. You might ask them to share the most important events in their lives; their healings; their favorite stories. This transfers nicely to help them look at Jesus’ life. Younger children can draw pictures of these events rather than create a grid.

Book Matthew Mark Luke
Events

Birth
[Matt 1:18-25]

Visit of the Magi
[Matt 2: 1-12 ]

Baptism
[Matt 3:13-17]

Temptations

Call of the Disciples

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Baptism
[Mark 1:9-11]

Temptations

Call of the Disciples

Birth
[Luke 1:26-2:38

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Baptism
[Luke 3: 21-22]

Temptations

Healings      
Parables      

 

   
  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
 


 

Discussion questions about National Bible Week

  • Why do we have a week set aside for us to honor the Bible?
  • Why is the Bible important?
  • Why is it important to learn Bible verses?
  • What have you learned about God from the Bible?
  • What do you like most about the Bible?
  • What is your favorite Bible story or verse?
   
 

Discuss your healing journal.

  • Are you making progress in collecting your healings?
  • What kinds of entries have you made?
  • What helped you heal each situation?
  • Do you have any questions about your journal or healings?
   
 

Discuss the importance of Thanksgiving

  • What is the history behind Thanksgiving in our country?
  • Why did the Pilgrims come to America?
  • Why is it important to give thanks?
  • What are you most grateful for this past year?
  • Name some Bible characters who gave thanks.
   
 

Jesus’ Healings

  • Demons are cast out Luke 4:31-37
    • List the statements made by the man with an unclean devil.
    • How did Jesus respond?
    • What did the people think who witnessed this healing?
  • Peter’s mother-in-law was healed  Luke 4: 38,39
    • What was wrong with Peter’s mother-in-law?
    • What did Jesus do?
    • What did Peter’s mother-in-law do after she was healed?
  • A leper is cleansed Luke 5:12-15
    • What did the leper ask Jesus?
    • What did Jesus do that was so unusual to the leper? [he touched him]
    • What did Jesus tell the leper to do after he was healed?
    • Why did he have to go to the priest?
  • A paralytic is healed Luke 5:16-26
    • What is unusual about this story?
    • Did Jesus get upset about the hole in the roof?
    • What did Jesus tell the man?
  • A centurion’s servant is healed Luke 7:1-10
    • Who was sick?
    • Why doesn’t the centurion want Jesus to come to his house? [He is a Gentile and a Jew would be considered unclean if he entered his house – he is being kind and considerate]
    • Why did Jesus marvel?
    • What did Jesus tell the centurion?
    • What happened to the servant?
  • A widow’s son is raised from the dead Luke 7:11-16
    • Why did Jesus stop the funeral procession?
    • What did Jesus say to the mother? The son?
    • What did the people say when they saw the young man alive?
  • Devils cast into the swine Luke 8: 26-40
    • What is wrong with this man?
    • What does Legion mean? [6000 soldiers]
    • Why did the devils enter the swine?
    • Why do you think the swine were drowned? [Jews believed swine were unclean yet they were profiting from the herd. This was hypocritical.]
  • A woman touches Jesus Luke 8:41-48
    • What was wrong with this woman?
    • Why did she touch Jesus?
    • How long had she been ill?
    • What did Jesus call her?
    • What did Jesus say about her faith?
    • What did this woman interrupt?
  • Jairus’ daughter is raised from the dead Luke 8:49-56
    • Who is Jairus?
    • Why is he important?
    • What does he ask Jesus to do?
    • What happens as Jesus is going with Jairus?
    • How old was the daughter?
    • What happened while Jesus was talking to the other woman?
    • Why wasn’t Jesus concerned that the girl had died?
    • Who did he have to put out of the house before he could heal the daughter?
    • Why are these two stories told together?
    • What do these healings tell you about Jesus?
    • What did Jairus need for his daughter's healing?
   
 

Jesus’ Parables
We will be considering a few of the parables in Luke, but not all of them, since many are duplicated in Matthew and Mark.

Read and discuss the following parables:

   
 

Luke  6:39-45  The Blind Leading the Blind

  • What does “blind leading the blind” mean?
  • What is a mote? A beam?
  • Why shouldn’t we say anything about the mote in our brother’s eye?
  • What was Jesus talking about?
   
 

Luke 6:47-49  Two Foundations

  • What is hearing Jesus like?
  • What is not hearing Jesus like?
  • Which is a better foundation?
  • What does that say about our lives?
   
 

Luke  10:25-37  The Good Samaritan

  • Who challenged Jesus?
  • What are the two great commandments?
  • How does Jesus define "neighbor?"
  • Who is our neighbor?
  • What kind of story does he tell the lawyer? (parable)
  • Retell the story.
    • Who might the people be today?
      • What if the injured person were someone from a different ethnic group than you? Would you stop to help?
      • Why do you think the two Jews walked away from him?
      • Describe the Samaritan.
      • Why was it so unusual for him to stop and tend to the man's wounds?
      • What did the lawyer learn from this parable?
      • What lessons did you learn from this parable?
      • How can we all express more compassion and care for one another?
   
 

Luke 15: 3-7 The Lost Sheep

  • Explain this parable.
  • If you had 100 sheep and one was missing, would you go look for it?
  • Who was going to watch the 99 sheep while the shepherd was gone?
  • What does this story tell us about God’s love for us?
 

 

 

Luke 15: 8-10  The Lost Coin

  • Explain this parable.
  • What is Jesus talking about?
  • How many silver coins did this woman have?
  • Why was it so important that she find the silver coin? [It was all she had left of her dowry]
  • Why did she ask her neighbors to celebrate with her?
  • What does the coin have to do with salvation?
   
 

Luke 15:11-32 The Prodigal Son

  • Explain this parable.
  • Why does the younger son want his share of the inheritance?
  • What does he do with the money?
  • What’s happening in the land?
  • Where does he go to work?
  • How awful is it for a Jew to be feeding swine?
  • What thought came to him?
  • How did his father receive him?
  • Why was he so happy to see him?
  • How did his older brother feel about the party?
  • What do these last three parables tell us about God’s love for us?
   
 

ASSIGNMENTS

   
 

Teachers:

Younger Children:

Puzzles and Games

Stories to read

Article to Read

Stories to hear

Older Children:

Puzzles and Games

Stories to read

Article to read:

Stories to hear

Teens:

Puzzles and Games

Stories to read

Articles to read:

 

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