This summer we are studying – JESUS A to Z
We are going through the alphabet understanding and learning as much as possible about the life of Jesus from the Bible. Over the next few weeks we are going to learn about Jesus’ character (who He is) and power (what He does) by exploring His titles and adjectives from A to Z.
June 26 Lesson – Jesus and the letter “A”
We talked about some of Jesus’ titles and adjectives that begin with the letter “A.”
- What is an advocate? (a person who pleads for or in behalf of another) A kind of advocate you may have heard of is an attorney or lawyer.
- How is Jesus our Advocate? (when we sin, if we ask Jesus, He will take away our sin, covering it with His own blood; He then presents us as innocent before the Judge)
- 1 John 2:1 – My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous one.
- What does almighty mean? (having all the might [power])
- Jesus contains ALL of God’s power. He is Almighty!
- What kinds of things does Jesus do which show He is Almighty? (He heals, saves, protects, raises the dead, etc.!)
- Revelation 1:8 – “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
- This verse says Jesus always has been and always will be all powerful—Almighty!
“Alpha and Omega”
- These words were in the verse we just read.
- What does “Alpha” mean? (it’s the first letter of the Greek alphabet, like our English letter ―A)
- How is Jesus the Alpha, or first? (He is:
- the firstborn among many brothers [the ―big brother‖ sets the example, shows the younger siblings how the family works]
- firstborn from the dead [He was the first to rise from the dead and stay alive, showing us that if we have His Spirit we too will rise someday]
- first in His love for us [He loved us before we loved Him]
- first in our worship [we worship Him first and only])
- What does “Omega” mean? (it’s the last letter of the Greek alphabet, like our English letter ―Z )
- Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, and everything in between. He is everything we need, from A to Z.
- What does “amen” mean? (―it is so / ―so be it / ―truth; used to express agreement)
- How is Jesus the Amen? (things are ―so‖ [things happen] when we use His name; He is truth)
- Revelation 3:14 – These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.
- What is an anchor? (a device dropped by a cable to the bottom of a body of water to hold a boat or other floating object in place)
- How is Jesus an Anchor? (He keeps our lives from floating off course; He holds us in the right place)
- Hebrews 6:19 – We have this hope as an Anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
“Author and Finisher of Our Faith”
- What is an author? (a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; also, the maker of anything; creator) Every book has an author. Someone created each one.
- What is a finisher? (a craftsman who carries out the final tasks in making something; one who ends or completes something) One type of finisher finishes wooden furniture, sanding, staining, and varnishing it to make it beautiful.
- Hebrews 12:2 kjv – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
Our faith begins and ends with Jesus. We believe in what He did for us on the cross. We believe in the power of His name. We repent and are baptized in Jesus’ name, and He fills us with His Holy Spirit. He continues to work in our lives, finishing what He has started in us.
July 3 Lesson – This week we had fun as we learned about Jesus and the letter “B” We talked about some of Jesus’ titles and adjectives that begin with the letter “B.”
“Beginning & End”
- What is the first verse in the Bible? (Genesis 1:1 ―In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.)
- The last verse of the Bible is about Jesus: Revelation 22:21 – The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people, Amen.
- Everything in the Bible from Alpha to Omega, A to Z, Beginning to End points to JESUS!
- In Revelation 22:13 Jesus says – “I am the Alpha and the Omega, The First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
- What does beloved mean? (greatly loved; dear to the heart)
- Read Ephesians 1:6. This verse is talking about the grace (favor and mercy) we receive because of Jesus, who is the Beloved One. God’s love is poured out on us through Jesus.
- And Jesus is greatly loved and dear to our hearts–Beloved
- What is a family tree? (a chart showing the ancestry and relationships of the members of a family)
- Make your own families tree by downloading the page above.
- Download and open David’s Family Tree – above.
- This is part of King David’s family tree, showing two lists based on Matthew 1 and Luke 3. It has names of David’s sons, grandsons, great-grandsons, etc., all the way down to Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, and Mary, Jesus’ mother
- Jesus is a Branch of King David’s family tree, just as foretold by prophets like Jeremiah:
- Jeremiah 23:5 says “The days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.
- What are some different kinds of bread? (white, wheat, rye, pizza crust, bread sticks, biscuits, tortillas, muffins, rolls, donuts, etc., etc., etc.)
- Why do you think there are so many different kinds of bread? (bread is a basic or ―staple‖ food for people all over the world)
- What does bread do for our bodies? (provides energy; sustains life)
- How is Jesus the Bread of Life? (He feeds our souls—the part of us that will live forever; He is needed by every person on earth)
- How often do you eat a bread product? (most likely every day)
- In John 6:51 Jesus says “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world”
- At the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread, He said, “This is my body which is given for you.” His body was broken for us—to be the sacrifice for our sins—to save us and give us new life. Jesus is the Bread of Life. Without Him, we cannot even really live.
We also started out bible skills – we went over –
- How many books are in the Bible? (66)
- How many books are in the Old Testament? (39)
- How many books are in the New Testament? (27)
- What are the first four books of the New Testament called? (the Gospels)
- What is the fourth Gospel? (John)
July 17th lesson – This week we had fun as we learned about Jesus and the letter “C” We are learning about Jesus’ character (who He is) and power (what He does) by exploring His titles and adjectives from A to Z. Today we’re going to talk about some of Jesus’ titles and adjectives that begin with the letter “C.”
- What does a carpenter do? (builds or repairs wooden things)
- Mark 6: 2-3 says – When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed. “Where did this man get these thing?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon?
- People in Jesus’ hometown were surprised at His wise words and the powerful things done by His hands—miracles. They thought He was only a carpenter who could make things from wood. They didn’t realize He is the Creator of the entire universe!
- What does a creator do? (makes things, causes things to come into being)
- Colossians 1: 15 & 16 says – The Son (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, weather thrones or powers or rulers or authorities: all things have been created through him and for him.
- All things were created by and for Jesus! He is the Creator
“Captain of Salvation”
- Hebrews 2: 10 kjv says – For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
- What is a captain? (a person who is at the head of or in charge of others; chief; leader; examples: military leader, sea captain, airplane pilot, etc.)
- How is Jesus the Captain of our Salvation? (He is in charge of our salvation; He is the One who suffered and died to save us; He is our chief, leader, and pilot; we follow His orders so that we can be saved)
- Earlier we talked about Jesus being a carpenter. A carpenter works with wood, which is a common building material.
~What are some other materials used to build things? (brick, stone, concrete, mud/clay, fabric, metal, glass, etc.)
- Ephesians 2: 20 says – And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
- The church [the group of people, not our actual church building] is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets.
~ What is a foundation? (the base on which a building stands)
~ If a foundation is not strong, what might happen to the building that is standing on it? (it might fall down!)
- A cornerstone connects two walls. The place where two walls join could be a weak spot, but the cornerstone holds the walls together and makes them strong.
- Who is the Chief (most important) Cornerstone of the church? (Jesus Christ)
- The people in the church are of all different ages and family backgrounds. We are from different countries all around the world, but Jesus Christ holds us all together into one “building.” He is the Chief Cornerstone.
“Compassionate” and “Counselor”
- What is a counselor? (someone who gives advice and tries to help others make good decisions)
- There are many different types of counselors. Some help you make good decisions about your money, some help you get along better with your family, some help you deal with grief…
- Who is the best person to help you make good decisions about your money, get along with your family, deal with grief…? (Jesus)
- Jesus is a wonderful Counselor, and He is compassionate, as every counselor should be.
- What does it mean to be compassionate? (feel sympathy and sorrow for another who is suffering, with a strong desire to relieve the suffering)
- How does Jesus show His compassion for us? (when Jesus was on earth, He was ―moved with compassion‖ when He saw hungry and sick people; He fed and healed them; He’s the same today; He also listens when we pray, takes care of us through good and bad times, died to save us from our sins; etc.)
This Compassionate Counselor who is a Carpenter and also the Chief Cornerstone and Captain of our Salvation is Jesus Christ.
- Is Christ His last name?(no)
- What does Christ mean? (Messiah; anointed one [set apart as holy] of God, prophesied about in the Old Testament)
One time Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” The disciples answered that some said He was John the Baptist (come back to life) or Elijah or one of the other prophets. Then Jesus said, “Who do you say that I am?”
Matthew 16: 16-17 says – Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
Jesus told Peter he was blessed to understand who Jesus is; lots of people don’t recognize or believe Jesus is the Christ. The church is built upon this “rock” of knowing who Jesus is—and it is stronger than the gates of Hell!
Jesus is much more than a prophet. He is the Christ—the one who fulfills all the Old Testament prophesies of the Messiah.
Memory verse to memorize – Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16: 16
September 4th lesson – The study of Jesus and the letter “D”
- Listen for an unusual “D” word that Zacharias, John the Baptist’s father, used to describe Jesus: Read Luke 1:78-79 kjv.
- Did you hear the word that describes Jesus? What is it? (dayspring)
- What does “dayspring” mean? (dawn, daybreak)
- What is the first thing God created? Read Genesis 1:2 and verse 3 up to the point of ―and God said, ‗Let there be…‘‖
- A spring is the source or beginning of something. Jesus is the Dayspring: the source of day! When He arrives, darkness has to leave—just like when the sun rises in the morning!
- What are some things you can do in the daylight that are difficult to do in the dark? (see, play outside, take photos, etc.)
- Jesus gives light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Those are sad places. Jesus is the opposite of darkness, the opposite of sadness. He is the Dayspring!
Read Romans 11:26 from your Bible.
- What “D” word did you hear? (Deliverer)
- What is a deliverer? (one who rescues, saves, or sets free)
- According to this Romans 11:26, what is Jesus delivering/rescuing/ saving Israel (or Jacob) from? (ungodliness)
- What is ungodliness? (sinfulness, evil, wickedness)
- When Jesus came to earth, His people, the Jews, were looking for a deliverer. They were looking for someone to save them from the Romans, like Moses rescued their ancestors from Egypt.
- But what did Jesus come to deliver them from? (ungodliness, sin)
- Sometimes we want to be delivered from troubles—like difficult homework or problems with our families—but what Jesus wants to deliver us from first of all is our sin. Sin is our biggest problem because it will keep us out of heaven.
Read John 10:1, 7-9 kjv from your Bible.
- What title did you hear? (door or Gate )
- What is the purpose of a door? (to let things in/out; to keep things in/out)
- I’ve heard that in Jesus’ day, a shepherd would lead His sheep into a walled area at night, and he himself would lie down and sleep across the entrance. He was the “door.”
- If we want to become part of Jesus’ flock, we must go through Him. He is the only Door—the only Way into the sheepfold.
- Jesus said anybody who doesn’t go through the door but climbs up some other way is a what? (thief and robber)
Read John 10:10 from your Bible.
- What did Jesus say the thief comes to do? (steal, kill, and destroy)
- Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy our lives, but why does Jesus come? (that we might have life—more abundantly [in great amount, plentifully, richly supplied])
Bible Verse to memorize for next week – John 10:9 from your Bible
September 11th – Jesus and the letter “E”