1 5TH GRADE COLLEGE PARK CHURCH SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON OVERVIEW * CURRICULUM: How Majestic is Your Name, published by Children Desiring God WHAT YOUR CHILD WILL LEARN OVER THE YEAR Each of the lessons in How Majestic Is Your Name presents glorious truths about God and calls for a response toward Him. More important though is the cumulative effect caused by interconnecting the lessons which work together to build toward a response to the greatness of God. So although the placement of some lessons is arbitrary, most of the lessons have been placed in an intentional order. First the character and work of God is shown through His Hebrew names. Then Jesus is shown as fully God and a further revelation of the character of God. The redemptive role of Jesus is presented through the names, Lamb of God and High Priest The culmination of the age and the judgment of man are then discussed. These all build toward the truth that God is the only answer to the longings in man s soul and the only answer to man s sin problem. God s awesome nature and majestic name require a response. The eyeopening and convicting work of the Holy Spirit is man s only hope for responding to God and treasuring His great name. Such a faith-producing response enables us to suffer for the name of the God who will work to protect His great name. In order for faith to grow, children must first see the greatness of God and their own unworthiness. As that sense of their condition before an Almighty God grows, the possibility of response to such a great God grows. DATE LESSON 8/20/17 Names 8/27/17 God s Names MEMORY VERSE CATECHISM QUESTION Psalm 8:1 Q 1: What is our only hope in life and death? A 1: That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ. Psalm 20:7 Q 2: What is God? A 2: God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal, infinite, unchangeable in His power and perfection, goodness and glory, wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through Him and by His will. - Names in Bible times were not merely labels, but a reference to a person s character or destiny. - Sometimes, when a person had an encounter with God, God changed that person s names to reflect a change in his character or destiny. - God is so great that He uses many names to reveal to us who He is. - God s name is powerful. There is help, protection, power, authority, and victory in the name of God. - God will protect His name. 9/3/17 Elohim, God (Who is the Strong Creator) Isaiah 40:28 Q 3: How many persons are there in God? A 3: There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory. - God created the world and everything in it from nothing. - There are evidences in nature that point to a Designer. - The vast variety in God s creation is evidence of His greatness. - Our respose to creation should be awe and worship of God.
2 DATE LESSON MEMORY VERSE CATECHISM QUESTION 9/10/17 Jehovah, Yahweh, I Am Self-Existent One, Unchanging One Acts 17:24-25 Q 4: How and why did God create us? A 4: God created us male and female in His own image to know Him, love Him, live with Him, and glorify Him. And it is right that we who were created by God should live to His glory. - God has no beginning and no end. - God exists by His own power. (He does not need anyone or anything; He never gets used up or wears out.) - God does not change. (What God is, He always will be.) 9/17/17 El Shaddai, God Almighty Romans 11:34-36 Q 5: What else did God create? A 5: God created all things by His powerful Word, and all His creation was very good; everything flourished under His loving rule. - God is all-powerful; nothing is too hard for Him. - Because God is almighty, He is more than able to care for His children; He is all-sufficient for our needs. 9/24/17 Adonai, Lord, Master Matthew 22:37 Q 6: How can we glorify God? A 6: We glorify God by enjoying Him, loving Him, trusting Him, and by obeying His will, commands, and law. - God is our Lord and Master. He owns us and has the right to rule over us. - We will respond to God s rule over us either with obedience or disobedience. 10/1/17 Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord Will Provide Matthew 6:33 Q 7: What does the law of God require? A 7: Personal, perfect, and perpetual obedience; that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength; and love our neighbor as ourselves. What God forbids should never be done and what God commands should always be done. - God foresees our needs, and He provides for us. - God is able to fully provide for us because He not only has all of creation at His disposal, but He also has the inexhaustible resources of Himself. - God has provided for our greatest need by giving us a Savior. 10/8/17 El Roi, The God Who Sees 2 Chronicles 16:9a Q 8: What is the law of God stated in the 10 Commandments? A 8: You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below-you shall not bow down to worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet. - God sees deeper than man does; He sees beyond the surface. - God looks upon His creation with eyes of compassion. - God sees everything; nothing is outside His watchful care. 10/15/17 Jehovah-Sabaoth, The Lord of Hosts Psalm 34:7 Q 9: What does God require in the first, second, and third A 9: First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God. Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God s name with fear and reverence, honoring also His Word and works. - God protects His people and leads them to victory. - God is the commander of a multitude of angels. - Angels are powerful beings who obey God and do His bidding; they are messengers and warriors who protect the people of God. 10/22/17 10/29/17 Jehovah-Nissi, The Lord My Banner I Timothy 4:12 Q 10: What does God require in the fourth and fifth A 10: Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction. - God is always victorious. - We are victorious when we trust in God.
3 DATE LESSON MEMORY VERSE CATECHISM QUESTION 11/5/17Jehovah-Shalom, The Lord is Peace Isaiah 26:3 Q 11: What does God require in the sixth, seventh, and eigthth A 11: Sixth, that we do not hurt, or hate, or be hostile to our neighbor, but be peaceful, pursuing even our enemies with love. Seventh, that we abstain from sexual immorality and live purely and faithfully, whether in marriage or in single life, avoiding all impure actions, looks, words, thoughts, or desires, whatever might lead to them. Eighth, that we do not take without permission that which belongs to someone else, nor withhold any good from someone we might benefit. - Only God is worthy of our highest affections. - Blessings come through obedience. - Peace comes from God. - God does not always remove our troubles; He gives us peace in the midst of trouble. 11/12/17Jehovah-Rohi, The Lord My Shepherd Psalm 100:3 Q 12: What does God require in the ninth and tenth A 12: Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us. - We need a shepherd s care; we are ignorant, foolish, and weak. - God cares for His children as a shepherd cares for his sheep. - God s care is loving, protective, and sure; He will protect, defend, and provide for us because His name is at stake. 11/19/17Jehovah-Shammah, The Lord Who is There Hebrews 13:5b-6 Q 13: Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly? A 13: Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed. - God is always present with His people. 11/26/17Thanksgiving Break Thanksgiving Break Thanksgiving Break Thanksgiving Break 12/3/17Jehovah-El Emeth, The Lord God of Truth Proverbs 30:5 Q 14: Did God create us unable to keep His law? A 14: No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God s law. - God does not lie, every word of His proves true. - Satan is a liar. - God will lead us in the truth if we trust in Him. 12/10/17Jehovah-Maginnenu, The Lord Our Defense Psalm 37:5-6 Q 15: Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose? A 15: That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior. - God hears when someone murmurs against His children. - God will defend those who trust in Him. 12/17/17Jehovah-Or, The Lord is Light 12/24/17 Psalm 27:1 Review Questions Man loves darkness because His deeds are evil. - God is light, in Him is no darkness. - God exposes and overcomes the darkness (sin). - Jehovah-Or, the Lord is Light, guides and provides direction. - Only those who walk in the light - those who are trusting in Jehovah- Or-will inherit heaven. 12/31/17 1/7/18EL-ELYON, The Most High, King of Kings Daniel 2:21 Q 16: What is sin? A 16: Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world He created, rebelling against Him by living without reference to Him, not being or doing what He requires in His law-resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation. - God is The Most High; He is greater than anyone or anything else. - God will not allow another to take his place. - El Elyon regards the lowly.
4 DATE LESSON MEMORY VERSE CATECHISM QUESTION 1/14/18 Father, Abba Father John 1:12 Q 17: What is idolatry? - God the Father is the perfect Father. A 17: Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our - Through trusting in Jesus, we can have a close, personal relationship hope and happiness, significance and security. with God, who adopts prodigals as His children. 1/21/18 The Word John 1:1 Q 18: Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished? A 18: No, every sin is against the sovereignty of God, and against His righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in His just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come. - God communicates with man. - Jesus is the Word, God s greatest communication with man. - Jesus is fully God. - God is unchanging. 1/28/18 Lamb of God, Savior, Messiah I Peter 3:18 Q 19: Is there a way to escape punishment and be brought back into God s favor? A 19: Yes, to satisfy His justice, God Himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to Himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer. - The shedding of blood is the only acceptable payment for sin. - Jesus, the sinless Lamb provided by God, paid the price for man s sin. - Jesus payment is permanent because He is a living Savior. 2/4/18 High Priest, Mediator I Timothy 2:5 Q 20: Who is the Redeemer? A 20: The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin Himself. - Jesus is the Perfect High Priest who sacrificed His own blood for the payment of the sins of men once and for all. - Jesus is a living High Priest, so His redemtion is eternal. - Through the sacrifice of Jesus, believers can come boldly to the throne of God where Jesus intercedes for us. 2/11/18 Cornerstone 1 Peter 2:6 Q 21: What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? A 21: One who is truly human and also truly God. - Jesus is a precious, chosen cornerstone to those who believe. - Jesus is a stumbling stone to those who reject Him. 2/18/18 Overcomer 1 John 5:5 Q 22: Why must the Redeemer be truly human? A 22: That in human nature He might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that He might sympathize with our weaknesses. - Jesus will return with great power to punish Satan eternally and destroy evil. - Those who are trusting in Jesus need not fear the return of Jesus. - Every day, Jesus overcomes evil with determined, relentless victories, and is helping His children to overcome sin in their lives. 2/25/18 Coming King Philippians 2:10-11 Q 23: Why must the Redeemer be truly God? A 23: That because of His divine nature His obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that He would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death. - Jesus humbled Himself to come as a servant leader, but He will be exalted as the Coming King. - Someday everyone will bow under the authority of Jesus. - We are to follow Jesus example and humble ourselves. 3/4/18 Judge Of The Whole Earth Romans 8:1 Q 24: Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die? A 24: Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By His substitionary atoning death, He alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life. - God is a just judge, and He will eternally punish those who do not trust in Him. - There is no condemnation for those who trust in Jesus. - Believers will be rewarded for their true good deeds. 3/11/18 Alpha and Omega Revelation 22:13 Q 25: Does Christ s death mean all our sins can be forgiven? A 25: Yes, because Christ s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ s righteousness to us as if it were our own and will remember our sins no more. - God is total and complete. God is all. - God is the beginning and the end of all things; He created the world and will bring earthly history to an end. - God had no beginning and will have no end - He is eternal. - God and God alone is worthy of our worship.
5 DATE LESSON MEMORY VERSE CATECHISM QUESTION 3/18/18 Unknown Name Jeremiah 29:13 Q 26: What else does Christ s death redeem? A 26: Christ s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as He powerfully directs all things for His own glory and creation s good. - God is incomprehensible; His completeness is so vast that we cannot completely know Him. - Knowing about God is not the same as knowing God; to know God requires a personal relationship with Him. - To know God we must seek Him. 3/25/18 El Kana, A Jealous God Matthew 6:24 Q 27: Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ? A 27: No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith. Nevertheless God in His mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being. - God is a jealous God; He requires our loyal devotion. - God will not allow another to take His place. - Idols can be taken into the heart. Anything we treasure more than we treasure God is an idol. 4/1/18 4/8/18 Counselor, Helper John 14:16 Q 28: What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith? A 28: At the day of judgment they will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from the favorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and greviously punished, forever. - Man is spiritually blind and unable to understand or embrace spiritual truth apart from the work of the Holy Spirit. - The Holy Spirit is the Helper who convicts of sin, brings spiritual understanding, bears witness to Jesus, softens hearts, creates new life in Christ, and produces the character of Christ in the believer. 4/15/18 Salvation in No Other Name Acts 4:12 Q 29: How can we be saved? A 29: Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in Him. - Man s sin separates him from the Holy God and makes him deserving of God s wrath. - Trusting in the work of Jesus on the cross as a payment for our sin is the only means of salvation. - God accepts anyone who calls on His name, who is trusting in Him. 4/22/18 Response to the Name Psalm 34:8 Q 30: What is faith in Jesus Christ? A 30: Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in His Word, trusting in Him, and receiving and resting on Him alone for salvation as He is offered to us in the gospel. - Everyone responds to the name of God, either positively or negatively. - Though a positive response is only possible through grace, we are challenged to discover for ourselves that God is good. - Every Christian is called to praise and proclaim the name of God. 4/29/18 Honoring God s Name Exodus 20:7 Q 31: What do we believe by true faith? A 31: Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. - A good reputation is precious; it is sinful to harm another person s reputation through slander. - It is a serious offense to dishonor God s name, and the offender will be judged for his sin. - We are to strive to bring honor to God s name through our words, actions, and attitudes.
6 DATE LESSON MEMORY VERSE CATECHISM QUESTION 5/6/18 Worthy to Suffer for the Name 5/13/18 Trusting in God s Name James 1:2-3 Psalm 9:10 Q 32: What do justification and sanctification mean? A 32: Justification means our declared rigtheousness before God, made possible by Christ s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit s work in us. Q 33: Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else? A 33: No, they should not, everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior. - Our desire should be to make Jesus known, to exalt Jesus rather than ourselves. - It is a cause for rejoicing when we are counted worthy to suffer for the name of Christ. - The way to endure suffering with joy is to abide in Jesus. - God will protect His name and reputation. - God will be faithful to His name. - Christians can be assured that God will not forsake His children for His name s sake. 5/20/18 End-of-Year Party End-of-Year Party Q 34: Since we are redeemed by grace alone, through Christ alone, must we still do good works and obey God s Word? A 34: Yes, because Christ, having redeemed us by His blood, also renews us by His Spirit; so that our lives may show love and gratitude to God; so that we may be assured of our faith by the fruits; and so that by our godly behavior others may be won to Christ. sin. End-of-Year Party