Sunday School Preparation

7.04 Jesus In the Temple

As faithful Jews, Jesus’ parents travel to Jerusalem each year for the Passover. Returning home one year, Mary and Joseph notice Jesus’ absence, yet assume He is among the others in their traveling group. When He doesn’t appear, they return to Jerusalem, searching desperately for three days. They finally find Jesus in the temple, talking with the teachers, who are amazed at His understanding. Despite being in His “Father’s house” (Luke 2:49), Jesus honors His earthly parents and returns to Nazareth with them.


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7.03b Jesus’ Presentation

Jesus' family travels to Jerusalem’s temple for Mary’s purification and Jesus’ presentation. There, they encounter Simeon, a devout Jew whose song of praise lives on in the Church today. Likewise, Anna, the aging prophetess, rejoices at the coming of the Savior.


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7.03a Jesus Is Born

God fulfills His promise as Jesus is born in Bethlehem.


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7.02b John Is Born

Upon writing, “His name is John,” Zechariah regains his voice and prophesies concerning his son’s work.


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7.02a Gabriel Visits Zechariah

Doubting the angel’s announcement of his coming son, Zechariah finds himself silenced until the boy’s birth.


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7.01b Mary Visits Elizabeth

Unit 7 Lesson 1 Part B The child in Elizabeth’s womb leaps within her when the mother of the promised Messiah approaches. Elizabeth rejoices in the reaction and welcomes Mary to stay with her for a time. Mary’s song of praise, the Magnificat, resounds in the Church to this day.


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7.01 An Angel Announces the Birth of Jesus

Unit 7 Lesson 1 The lesson this week is “An Angel Announces.” Mary receives an angelic announcement telling her that, despite her virginity, she will give birth to the long-awaited Savior. The child in Elizabeth’s womb leaps within her when the mother of the promised Messiah approaches. Elizabeth rejoices in the reaction and welcomes Mary to stay with her for a time. Mary’s song of praise, the Magnificat, resounds in the Church to this day.


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OT1 – 13 Jacob Wrestles With God


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OT1 – 12 Jacob’s Family


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OT1 – 11 Jacob’s Dream

The story of Jacob is the story of a man who does not really listen to God's promises, but thinks that he can get what he wants through cunning and deceit. It will take many years before Jacob learns to trust God's promises, in the meantime his own sin causes lots of problems in his life. Nevertheless God continues to bless Jacob. God's blessings do not come because of our obedience or faith but because of his promises.


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