fifty-six Parent’s Guide for December 3-9, 2016

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS STORY

Simeon’s Story: Lesson 1

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Bible

LUKE 2:27; LUKE 2:29-30 (NLT)

That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 29 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. 30 I have seen your salvation,

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Bottom Line

GOD’S STORY IS WORTH WAITING FOR.


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Focus of Teaching for This Series

It’s Christmas. Nativity scenes are everywhere. You know, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, and the drummer boy (who wasn’t actually there). Maybe you grew up seeing these scenes and wondered what they were all about. Or maybe you’ve heard the story a million times. Either way, there’s another story we bet you haven’t heard, characters you barely know, scenes you don’t see in the plastic nativity on your neighbor’s lawn. As we explore two often-untold parts of the Christmas story, we discover that God had something bigger in mind from the very beginning. And, just as it was true for those at the first Christmas, He may just have a bigger story in mind for us as well.

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Key Question

“I WISH GOD WOULD HURRY UP AND __________.”

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Social Media

You will see us posting these images and others like it to connect the weekend teaching with the everyday life of preteen students. Feel free to post this on your own social media accounts and tag us with @mpccfiftysix or just use it to text or email to your own child(ren).


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Teaching Summary

We are a part of a fast generation. When we want something, we want it right then and now. Simply put: We don’t like to wait. Whether you’re waiting on Christmas morning to arrive, for the bell to ring at the end of the school day, or the answer to a big question to finally come, there’s something about waiting that makes us uncomfortable. And the bigger the thing you’re waiting on, the harder it is to wait. It eventually makes us want to give up, throw in the towel, and walk away. But what if the problem with waiting isn’t that we have to do it, but that we don’t know how to do it well? What if instead of focusing on the wait, we focused on the hope that what we’re waiting for was coming? Easier said than done, right? Well, this week we’ll take a look at someone in the Bible who knew how to wait well—a guy named Simeon. And as we look at how Simeon waited on the promise of God to be fulfilled, we’ll see that when we keep hope, stay focused, and trust in God, the wait will definitely be worth it!

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