Preparing for Baptism Bible Study

Ready for Baptism

Is your child ready to be baptized? How do you know? This five week Bible study was written to help parents and disciple-makers teach children how to obey Jesus’ command to repent, believe, and be baptized.

Please feel free to use this material but do not change the content in any way.

Thursday of Passion Week

Thursday Morning- Maundy Thursday

Sing Nothing But the Blood

We get the word maundy from the Latin word for commandment. Let’s look for a commandment in our reading today.

Read John 13:1-20

What did Jesus do to his disciples and why was it such a surprise to them?

Do you find it easy to be served by others or is it hard for you to be served by others? Why?

How does Jesus wash a person (Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)?

Read John 13:14-15 again. What command does Jesus give to us?

Each of you make a list with one practical way you can serve your family, your church, and your neighbors today.

Sing the Servant Song

Thursday Evening

How did it go serving your family, church, and neighbors today? How can you continue to serve others like Christ?

Read John 17:1-19

Looking at verse 3, what is eternal life?

How does this compare with John 3:16?

We know Jesus through the words he has spoken and that the apostles recorded for us. How can you give your attention to the Bible everyday? What is your plan for daily Bible reading?

Looking at verse 17, what is Jesus’ goal for the Bible and why should you read it?

We read our Bibles for joy and we know that following Jesus’ word will be hatred from the world (v14). What hope do we have against this difficulty? See verse 15

How can you pray for one another?

Sing My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

Wednesday of Passion Week

Wednesday Morning- the Resurrection

Sing Turn Your Eyes

Read Matthew 22:23-33

Since the Sadducees believe there is no resurrection from the dead, what was the motivation in asking the question?

According to verse 29, a person must know two things in order to have sound doctrine or get Scripture right. What are those two things?

What bad things might come if a person knows the Scriptures but not the power of God?

What bad things might come if a person knows the power of God but not the Scripture?

How can you grow in your knowledge of the Scriptures and the power of God this week?

What evidence does Jesus give for the resurrection in verse 32?

How is God being the Lord of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob evidence for the resurrection?

Sing We Will Rise

 

Wednesday Evening- the Great Commandment

Sing Yet Not I But Christ In Me

Read Matthew 22:34-46

What is the most important thing for you to do everyday?

Does God love us because we love God? Or, do we love God because he first loved us?

What evidence do we have that God loves us (see Romans 5:8-9)?

What evidence do we give that we love God (see 1 John 4:19-21)?

When do you feel the closest to God and loved by him?

When do you think your family feels like you them?

What do you think about the Christ? Who is he and how does he shape your life?

Sing My Jesus I Love Thee

Tuesday of Passion Week

Tuesday morning- the Parable of the Tenants

Read Matthew 21:33-44

It is important to understand that Jesus was talking about the Jewish people when he talked about a vineyard.

Did the tenants own the vineyard or did it belong to someone else?

Do you view your life and your stuff as belonging to you, like you own it. Or, do you view your life and your stuff as belonging to God, like he owns it? How do you need to change on this point?

What did the vineyard owner expect from the tenants?

Looking back at the Old Testament, who were the servants that the vineyard owner sent?

Who is the vineyard owner’s son? Jesus knows what is about to be done to him. What will the chief priests eventually do?

Looking at verse 42, what is marvelous about Jesus the cornerstone?

Looking at verse 44, what is scary about Jesus the cornerstone?

Looking at your life and your faith, is Jesus a precious cornerstone you are building upon or is Jesus a threatening judge who you have rejected? How do you know?

What do you need to do about this?

Sing Cornerstone

Tuesday Evening- the Parable of the Wedding Feast

Sing the Gospel Song

Read Matthew 22:1-14

What is Jesus teaching us through this parable? What is the main point?

Have you begun to pay attention to your own business instead of paying attention to Jesus? What does repentance and faith look like for you?

What will the king do to those people who do not pay attention to his son and come to the wedding feast?

Is it enough to simply show up to the wedding feast? Or, does a person have to wear the wedding garments?

Read Isaiah 61:10

Explain how trusting in Christ for righteousness is like putting on the wedding garments.

Repentance to God and faith in Jesus Christ are becoming our regular theme. Ask someone in your family to share his/her testimony. Be sure the gospel and faith are clear.

Sing In Christ Alone

Parents, Here’s Some Help

Great! Now that you have answered the call to teach your children you are faced with a potentially difficult question, what do I use? Here is a list of resources that my family found helpful through various stages.

The first entry is my recommended book.

The Baby Book-Eating Phase

At this phase your goal is to set the habit of read, sing, pray. Pick a durable board book that your baby can’t tear up and get after it. Bedtime is a good time, but chose what works best for you and your child.

The Young Toddler Page-Tearing Phase

The Older Toddler Thank-God-For-Naps Phase

The Pre-Kindergarten Now-You’re-Getting-It Phase

Early Reader Start-Asking-Lots-of-Questions Phase

Elementary Get-Your-Big-Kid-Bible Phase

From Here On

  • Use your church daily Bible reading plan
  • Choose your own Bible reading plan as a family

Prayer and Family Worship

Main Point: Praying together is an essential part of family worship.

If four bankers live in a home, does that make that home a bank? No. In order to be a bank, those people must engage in banking there in that place. If four Christians live in a home, does that place become a Christian home? No. In order to be a Christian home, those people must engage together in the worship of God.

Jason Helopoulos asks these penetrating questions about bankers and Christians in his book, A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home (page 26). Jason writes, “A few Christians living under the same roof does not make a place a Christian home any more than two or three bankers living in a house makes it a bank. A Christian home will seek to be centered upon Christ, and if it is centered on Christ, then it will be filled with worship. As a Christian’s life should be marked by setting time apart for secret worship, and just as our gathering together as the Christian community should be centered upon corporate worship, so should the home of a Christian family be marked by family worship.”

So, what is worship? Put simply, worship is a right response to God. Worship is the right response to God who is revealed perfectly in Jesus Christ. Worship includes listening, singing, praying, obeying, working, eating, and drinking. Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God (1 Cor 10:31). John Piper helps us here when he writes, “This is worship: to act in a way that shows the heart’s valuing of the glory of God and the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Or…worship means consciously knowing and treasuring and showing the supreme worth and beauty of God” (Expository Exultation, 27).

Read, sing, pray,

Think, work, rest, play,

Eat, drink in such a way

That faithfully puts on display

The infinite worth of God.

Gather together in such a way that displays your joy in God.

Piper labors in his book, Expository Exultation, to prove that worship is not simply something we ought to do; worship is something that is fitting to do. We were made to live in glad dependence upon God because we are weak, and he is strong. We are empty and God is overflowing with sufficiency. We are darkness and he is light. We are are marred by death and God is eternal life. We are ignorant and God is all-knowing. Psalm 33:1 says, “Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.” It is right to worship God because he is good and does good.

Psalm 78:4 says, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” And why will we be bold and joyful in our telling of God’s greatness? Yes, it is so that our children and grandchildren can be saved. But deeper still, we are bold and joyful in our telling of God’s greatness so that the children and grandchildren of this church will worship God.

Family worship provides a daily opportunity for moms and dads to gather the family to listen to, sing to, pray to, and work out obedience to God. I offer this call to families to worship together because it is fitting for the upright to praise the God who is there and who is good. I want to narrow our focus now and issue a more specific call to pray together as a regular part of your family worship.

I can only introduce or remind you of these ideas, but I want to strengthen the foundation of family prayer by giving reasons to pray to God, reasons to pray through Jesus, reasons to pray by the Holy Spirit, and finally, reasons to pray together as a family.

Our call to prayer comes from Ephesians 6:10-18

I. Reasons to pray to God

Let’s start with this simple question: What is prayer to God? Prayer to God is talking to God about his Word and your situation. And we pray because

  • God knows

God knows everything. God knows the number of hairs on everyone’s heads (Mt 10:30). God knows the number of hairs on all the feral pigs in Texas. God knows your thoughts and your plans and your hopes (1 Chron 28:9; Ps 139). God knows your words before you say them (Ps 139:4). The beginning of all things is in the knowledge of God and the end of all things is in the knowledge of God (Is 46:10).

And God knows how everything is made to work. The Creator of all things made all things for a purpose. The Maker of male and female knows how we males are to live and how you females are to live. God made sexuality, marriage, work, rest, music, logic, church, and government. Listening to God’s Word, we look at our circumstances, and we talk to God. God speaks to us through the Bible and we speak to God through prayer. We pray because God knows, and we pray because

  • God cares

Believing 1 Peter 5:7 is essential for prayer. 1 Peter 5:7 calls us to cast all our anxieties on God because he cares for us. But how do we know God cares for us because often it feels like he does not? What are the unchanging proofs of his love? Jesus tells us to look at the sunrise each day and know that sunshine is evidence of his love (Mt 5:45). The rain falling is proof of God’s care for us all. So, don’t look to your Christmas list as reason to pray; look at the sun rising and pray. God is doing that for us all.

Deeper still, look at the cross as evidence of God’s love. Romans 5:8 points us to the cross, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 8:32 calls us to pray in secret, in our homes, and together as the church, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things.” Pray to the God who has already given you his best. Surely, he will give you what is good.

We pray because God cares for us and wants to do good to us. We pray in order to ask for those things and we pray because we often don’t understand why God hasn’t given us our requests. “Why, O Lord?” and “How long O Lord?” are prayers of faith to the God who cares.

Now, what underwrites God’s knowledge and God’s care is God’s sovereignty. We pray because

  • God is sovereign

As a person who is glad to affirm the sovereign rule of God over every square inch, there are two passages that help me understand God’s sovereignty and prayer. Philippians 2:12 says, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Ephesians 1:11 tells us God works all things according to the counsel of his will.

The Bible paints a picture of God drawing us, giving us ability, teaching us, opening our eyes, enlivening us, and giving us new hearts. So, God is working around us and in us so that we willing choose to go his way. We can fight against him, as we do each time we sin, but God is working his plan and will bring his plan to his intended goal.

In light of God’s sovereignty, prayer is not meaningless but is exceedingly meaningful because it is through prayer that I become aligned with God’s will. Through the Word (God speaking to me) and prayer (me speaking to God), I become aligned with God’s will the easy way. When I talk to God about all things and when I measure all things against God’s will revealed in God’s Word, then sin is more easily avoided, and obedience is more easily identified. I pray because I would rather God work my hunger for righteousness according to the counsel of his will then for God to work my disobedience according to the counsel of his will.

God has a plan and God will surely accomplish his plan. The question is if you will fight and lose or if you will pursue and gain the good? Through prayer we pursue God and gain the good. So, pray and lead your family to pray.

II. Reasons to pray through Jesus

And, what is prayer through Jesus? Prayer through Jesus is a person’s clear, intentional, and explicit dependence upon Jesus for the ability to live life with God. Jesus is the vehicle, credentials, and sonship through which we have access to life with God.

  • Jesus is the only way to the Father

John 14:6 tells us that Jesus is the only way to the Father, no one gets to the Father except through Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that there is only one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus.

The reason you and I pray to the Father through Jesus is because there is no other way to pray to the Father. We pray in Jesus’ name because he is the only mediator for humanity. Mary, the mother of Jesus, cannot get you a hearing with God. There is no saint who can get you a hearing with God. We go to the Father in Jesus’ name because Jesus is the beloved and therefore heard Son of God.

You cannot get to Barak Obama, but Malia can get to him. You cannot get to Donald Trump, but Donald Jr. can get you in. This is because of the access of family. Jesus is the only Son of the Father. Our access, our sonship, our rights as children of God, are based solely on the person and work of Jesus. The only way to get to God the Father is through God the Son. Depend on Jesus. Pray in Jesus’ name knowing

  • God hears the prayers of the righteous

James 5:16, “the prayers of a righteous person are powerful and effective.” So, the prayers of an unrighteous person are powerless and without effect. We need to be made righteous! Isaiah 59:2 says, “your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.”

We pray in Jesus’ name because we need him to make us righteous. Praying in Jesus’ name is believing he alone is the reason you are heard. Jesus took your iniquities that separate you from God and Jesus took your sins that keep your prayers from being heard. In Jesus, believing in Jesus, trusting Jesus means you are depending on him for righteousness. We pray through Jesus because he is the righteous One who makes us righteous. Being righteous with Jesus makes us capable of prayers that are powerful and effective.

Every now and again, after you hear your children pray “in Jesus’ name. Amen” ask them what they mean by that. Teach your children why we pray in Jesus’ name and teach your children

  • The Father’s goal is to glorify the Son

Jesus promises us, “Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” That’s John 14:13. Jesus said something very similar in John 15:7, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Access to the Father through the Son and being clothed in the powerful and effective righteousness of the Son, are both for the purpose of lining us up with the Father’s plan to glorify the Son. God saved you to make much of Jesus. Salvation is for worship.

Think about your job. The owner of the company does not hire you so you can do whatever you want. You are hired to help accomplish the mission. Think about what it means to be made in the image of God and through salvation to be brought back more and more into an accurate reflection of the image of God. God has not redeemed you so you can do whatever you want but so that you will live as an accurate reflection of the image of God.

We are distorted and small image bearers; Jesus is the perfect image of God. What I am saying is, God’s plan is for you and me to listen to his Word and through prayer be made more and more like Jesus. God wants us to pray about our fear, anger, and selfishness so that we will look more like Jesus.

Through prayer we are made to look more like Jesus. Through prayer we confess our sin and ask for his righteousness. When you and I become like Jesus we put his glory on display. We glorify Jesus when we love like Jesus and serve like Jesus and pursue the right like Jesus.

Lead your family to pray in Jesus’ name and lead your family to pray to become more like Jesus; by this the Father is glorified in the Son. We pray because of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. So, let’s think about

III. Reasons to pray by the Holy Spirit

First, what is prayer by the Holy Spirit? Prayer by the Holy Spirit is the sheer grace of God by which the Spirit prays to the Father according to the knowledge of God’s will for ignorant fools like me. We need the Spirit because

  • We often don’t know what to pray for

Talking to a teenager, a common answer is, “I don’t know.” The work of the Holy Spirit is evidence that we really never grow out of that ignorance. Romans 8:26 says, “the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

I haven’t done this with my children but studying God’s Word shows me that I need to teach my children how to pray for the Spirit’s help when they don’t know how to pray. God has graciously given us the Spirit because the Spirit knows the will of God and will pray for us and lead us according to the will of God. When you begin praying, ask for the Holy Spirit’s help. We need help because we are ignorant and

  • We are often weak in energy and affection

Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Yes, if your diet is terrible and you’re tired then you will have a hard time keeping up with God in prayer. But Jesus is pushing us further than “eat right and go to bed on time.” There are spiritual resources to help our weaknesses. When you find yourself falling asleep, ask for the Spirit to give you strength and power. When you feel your heart is cold or numb, pray for the Holy Spirit to work in you to love the things of God. The Spirit has been given to you to help you pray; depend on him.

Parents, we are right to tell our children to trust Jesus because we can do nothing without him. Let’s do the same with the Holy Spirit. Let us lead our children to depend on the Spirit to lead us according to the Son to the Father. Let’s pray together in our homes. Here are

IV. Reasons to pray as a family

Psalm 78:5 says, “God established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach their children” These fathers teach so that ultimately this generation and generations to come “should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.”

Ephesians 6:4 says, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and admonition of the Lord.” You see, this is gloriously more than spank your disobedient child. This is teach your child to set his hope in God and be mindful of God and obey God. Fathers, we want our children to worship God. Lead your family to worship.

What then is family prayer? Family prayer is that time when we gather together to praise God for who he is, thank him for what he has done, confess sins we have committed, and ask God for his help. Here are some reasons to pray together as a family.

  • Prayer is worship and worship is fitting for the upright

The person who never worships is the person who has never seen God. To feel one’s needs and to see God’s sufficiency is to be led to pray. The teaching and confession part of family worship sets up the prayers. Seeing our needs and God’s sufficiency leads us to pray. We should pray together as a family because we are looking at God together as a family. I hope this point has already been established, here is a new reason to pray together as a family

  • Family unity is strengthened through prayer

This is the day of silent suffering with each family member in solitary confinement with a screen or earbuds. To gather together to pray with and for one another is to necessarily hear one another’s joys and sorrows. A need voiced in family prayer is then taken individually into each person’s secret prayer. Conversations begin and encouragement can be offered. We pray together as families because we know one another, love one another, and care for one another. How can a Christian family do this but through prayer?

To put the truth another way,

  • Prayer for one another is necessary

I used Ephesians 6 as our call to prayer. I end with it now, “pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” Fathers, your prayers for your children are necessary. Let them hear those prayers. Mothers, your prayers for your children are necessary. Let them hear those prayers. Children, your prayers for your parents are necessary. Let them hear those prayers. We are each daily in a battle. May our homes be filled with fighting as we fight for one another in prayer. Conquerors are formed in secret prayer, corporate prayer, and family prayer.

Let us each make progress. Start by praying together and for one another before a shared meal. When that prayer is common, add a short Scripture reading. When prayer and a short reading are common, add a song of praise. When prayer, reading, and praise are common, add a brief word of explanation. Fathers, bring your children up in the discipline and admonition of the Lord. Lead them in family worship.

 

Prayer

God we praise you because you know us, you care for us, and you are sovereign over all the details of our lives. Help us. Help us to pray depending on Jesus. He is with you and you cherish him. We come to you in Jesus’ name. Make our prayers powerful and effective. Make our prayers for the salvation of our children and grandchildren powerful and effective. Make our prayers for love and unity in our homes powerful and effective. And please give us the Holy Spirit so we can know what to pray for and what to do. Give us the Holy Spirit because we are weak. In all of life we thank you that we are no longer slaves but you call us sons, daughters, and friends. Amen.

Prayer and Family Worship

I found this section in A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life (pg 869) to be especially helpful. When it comes to praying together as a family, how should we pray?

Pray for the church, the nation, the family, and each member…

Be short. With few exceptions, don’t pray for more than five minutes. Tedious prayers do more harm than good. Don’t teach in your prayer; God doesn’t need the instruction. Be simple without being shallow. Pray for things that your children know something about, but don’t allow your prayer to become trivial. Don’t reduce your prayers to self-centered, shallow petitions.

Be direct. Spread your needs before God, plead your case, and ask for mercy. Name your teenagers and children and their needs one by one on a daily basis. Be natural yet solemn. Speak clearly and reverently. Stir up your heart to take hold of God (Isa. 64:7). Sleepy prayers will put your children to sleep. Doolittle advised heads of households to “come to prayer with a lively heart, and quickened affections yourselves; your heat might warm them.”

Be varied. Don’t pray the same thing every day; that becomes tedious. Develop more variety in prayer by remembering and stressing the various ingredients of true prayer, such as calling upon God to hear your prayers, adoring God for His titles and attributes, declaring your humble dependence and need, confessing family sins, asking for family mercies (both material and spiritual), interceding for friends and churches and nations, giving thanks for God’s blessings, and blessing God for his kingdom and glory. Mix these ingredients with different portions to get variety in your prayers.

 

 

Study/Discuss Proverbs 9

  1. Looking at verses 10-11 and 18, what is the difference between wisdom and folly?
  2. Looking at verses 4 and 6, what is similar about wisdom and folly?
  3. In what ways are you tempted by foolish thinking or foolish things?
  4. Looking at verses 2 and 5, why is gaining wisdom like eating a good meal?
  5. Looking at verses 7-9, what is the difference between a wise person and a scoffer?
  6. How do you usually respond to correction?
  7. Looking at verse 10, what is the fear of the Lord?
  8. Looking at verse 10, why is knowledge of God insight? How does knowing God help you understand yourself and the world?

Prayer

  1. What can we praise God for in this passage? What does God reveal about himself in these verses?
  2. What can we thank God for in this passage? What has God done for us?
  3. What sin does this passage call you to confess?
  4. Who needs these truths you have seen? Pray for someone else.

3 Family Devotions for Christmas

By Paul Duncan, pastor Mambrino Baptist Church

The following is a set of quick readings and visuals to help your family understand and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. This post is set up for three devotions. Click here for a set up for Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning.

December 23

Reader 1: Tonight we remember that God’s timing is perfect- Galatians 3:4

ALL: Jesus is coming!

Place a watch in the center of the table

Reader 2: God promised Adam and Eve that the seed of the woman would crush the Serpent’s head- Genesis 3:15

ALL: Jesus is coming!

Place a hammer in the center of the table

 Reader 3: The prophet Micah said the Ruler of Israel would come from Bethlehem- Micah 5:2

ALL: Jesus is coming!

Place a dress-up crown into the center of the table or you could have a child make one out of paper in preparation for this night.

Reader 4: The prophet Isaiah said that the people who lived in deep darkness would see a great light- Isaiah 9:2

ALL: Jesus is coming!

Place a battery-operated candle or flashlight in the center of the table

Sing: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, hymn 76 in the Baptist Hymnal or you can find a good version on Youtube.

December 24- Christmas Eve

Reader 1: Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and Joseph took Mary to be his wife- Matthew 1:18, 24

All: Jesus is coming!

Place a wedding ring in the center of the table (a piece of costume jewelry works well)

R2: You shall call his name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins- Matthew 1:21

ALL: Jesus is coming!

Place a cross in the center of the table

Reader 3: Zechariah the priest said that God will raise up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David- Luke 1:69

ALL: Jesus is coming!

Place a horn in the center of the table

Reader 4: So Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem- Luke 2:4

ALL: Jesus is coming!

Place a nativity scene in the center of the table but hold out baby Jesus, the angel, the shepherds, and the wise men

Dad or Grandad: Pray for your family asking that God would help everyone to understand the great blessing of Christmas.

Sing: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, hymn 77 in the Baptist Hymnal or you can find a good version on Youtube.

*Leave all the items on the table because you will add to them Christmas morning
Christmas Morning Celebration

December 25- Christmas Morning

Reader 1: While Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem the time came for Mary to give birth and Jesus was born- Luke 2:6-7

ALL: Jesus is here!

Place baby Jesus in the nativity

Reader 2: An angel appeared to shepherds and said, “I bring you good news of great joy because Christ the Lord has been born in the city of David- Luke 2:10-11

ALL: Jesus is here!

Place the shepherds at the nativity

Reader 3: Then an army of angels appeared and said, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth”- Luke 2:12

ALL: Jesus is here!

Place the angel at the nativity

Reader 4: When the wise men saw the child they worshipped him and gave him gifts- Matthew 2:11

ALL: Jesus is here!

Place the wise men at the nativity

 Dad or Grandfather: The two most important times of the year are Christmas and Easter. At Christmas we celebrate the fact that Jesus, the Son of God, has come. At Easter we celebrate the fact that Jesus, our Savior, died on the cross for our sins and three days later rose again. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” The greatest gift we could ever receive is the gift of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Today we celebrate the fact that our Savior Jesus Christ has come, he has rescued us, and one day soon He’s coming again.

Sing: Joy the World! The Lord has Come, hymn 87 in the Baptist Hymnal or you can find a good version on Youtube

Pray: have one of the children pray and thank God for sending Jesus

 

Note to parents or grandparents

I change the actual scripts before printing and put in the names of the people who will be reading, this way it is much less confusing. If kids are constantly asking, “What number am I?” it can be a distraction. If you have children who aren’t reading yet you can work with them to memorize their parts or simply include them in the statements that everyone will make.

I want to leave it up to you to decide who puts the items in the center of the table or in the center of the room if you have more people than places at the table. The person reading can place the item, or an adult can place all the items at the appropriate time. Use your better judgment concerning the ability of the children to do this without getting distracted or fighting over who gets to hold the item.

I plan to do the Christmas Eve celebration just before bed (after pajamas are on and teeth have been brushed) and then do the Christmas morning celebration first thing in the morning (if you have an early riser who likes to eat and might get fussy go ahead and give him/her a snack).

 

Items you will need for the Christmas Eve celebration

  • Watch or clock
  • Hammer
  • Dress up or paper crown
  • Battery operated candle or flashlight
  • Wedding ring
  • Cross
  • Horn
  • Nativity scene minus Jesus, angel, shepherds, and wise men

 

Items you will need for the Christmas morning celebration

  • Jesus for nativity scene
  • Shepherds for nativity scene
  • Angel for nativity scene
  • Wise men for nativity scene

Philippians 3:3-4a Discussion Questions

For we are the circumcision, who worship God by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also.

  1. What are some of the marks or characteristics of members of your family? These marks can include things you say or do, places you regularly go, or physical features.
  2. Under the old covenant, circumcision marked or characterized the people of God. If a male was not circumcised could he be a part of the people of God?
  3. According to Philippians 3:3-4a, what are the defining marks of the people of God?
  4. What does it mean to worship God by the Spirit of God? Study 1 Corinthians 2 for help.
  5. What does it mean to glory in Christ Jesus? Study 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 for help.
  6. What does it mean to put no confidence in the flesh? Study Romans 3:19-31 for help.
  7. Discuss some of the ways you can worship God by the Spirit of God, glory in Christ Jesus, and avoid putting confidence in the flesh?