In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
The story "Meet Jesus" refers to specific Christian scripture passages, and this activity gives children a primary source experience with the Bible. The activity is appropriate for children who know how to look up information in books and are familiar with reference tools such as a table of contents and a book index.
Show the children a Bible. Tell them the word "bible" comes from the Greek word for book. Look at the list of chapters at the beginning and point out the Hebrew scripture and the Christian scripture. You may tell the group some people refer to Hebrew scripture as the Old Testament and Christian scripture, which was written later, as the New Testament. Do not refer to Hebrew scripture as "the Jewish Bible."
Look at the first four parts of the Christian scripture, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Explain that these were four men who were disciples, or followers, of Jesus and that each section has stories about Jesus' life.
Indicate where you have written Luke 2: 4-6, 39-40. Demonstrate how to look up this part of Jesus' story in the Bible:
If participants have Bibles, invite and help them to find the book of Luke, chapter 2, and verse 4.
When all have found the passage, read it aloud to the group. It is the story of Jesus' birth and may be familiar to them.
For further exploration, look up other passages cited in the story "Meet Jesus." Talk about using the teachings of Jesus, and his message of love and forgiveness. Use these questions, drawn from Meet Jesus: The Life and Lessons of a Beloved Teacher by Lynn Tuttle Gunney:
Do not put children on the spot to read aloud from the Bible.
You may wish to make large-print handouts of the Christian scripture passages for children to read along silently.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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