Holiday Specials

 

Christmas Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

2017 Christmas Special 5

Jan 7, 18

Communion. Mt 1:18-25; Lk 2:1-7. Gabriel reveals to Joseph that, in fulfillment of OT prophecy, Mary's pregnancy has been provided by G/HS, and he is to take her as wife—the precise information he needs to solve his dilemma. Joseph loves Mary sacrificially and acts in obedience to God, trusting His sovereign wisdom and provision. In the line of David and the son of God, Jesus' qualifications are established as both Ruler and Savior. Their flight to Egypt (2:13ff).

2017 Christmas Special 4

Jan 7, 18

Mt 1:18-25. A righteous man, Joseph is caught between the desire to protect the one to whom he is betrothed, and his devotion to the law. Divorcing Mary publicly, for what appeared to be an act of betrayal and immorality, would lead to her disgrace, if not stoning. A proposed chronology helps unfold the events surrounding Joseph's decision. Would anyone but he have known that Mary became pregnant during their betrothal? What clues does their trip to Bethlehem provide?

2017 Christmas Special 3

Dec 31, 17

Lk 1:26-39. Gabriel's message to Mary. This young, Jewish woman would give birth to the coming Messiah, who would not be the son of Joseph, but the Son of God. Humble, devout and submissive, she was an instrument God could use. When given an opportunity, we need to trust in God's equipping hand of provision instead of looking at our own abilities or past experience. Faith in the LJC can change a life: article from Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the "Napalm girl."

2017 Christmas Special 2

Dec 31, 17

Story of Zacharias & Elizabeth continued (Lk 1:57-66). With the miraculous ability to bear children, Elizabeth's scorn and contempt has ended; and turning from skeptic to believer, Zach's ability to speak returns. Perspective of Obedience: Joseph & Mary (1:26-29). What was involved with a couple's betrothal? Like the characters in these stories, we need to be patient on God's plan for our life; His timing is perfect, and we have His presence, protection, and provision.

2017 Christmas Special 1

Dec 24, 17

Luke 1:5-25. A Story of Hope and of a God who Loves Us. Elizabeth and Zacharias were a righteous couple, but without child and advanced in years. The stage was set for God to intervene and make the impossible possible. While Zach was in the temple offering incense, an angel appeared to him, giving good news that his prayer for a child will be answered. Zach doubted, but God was faithful and changed Elizabeth's body, calling, future and reputation.

2016 Christmas Special 2

Dec 25, 16

Mt 2:1-11. The "star" that led the Magi to Bethlehem was not to be seen as a literal star, but the Shekinah glory, which rested over the Lord's first dwelling. The vast enormity of the universe described in an astrophysicist's article. We share the LJC's light (Jn 8:12) by giving it as a gift to others through the Gospel. Gifts from God: Jn 4:10ff (eternal life); Ro 5:12-18 (imputed +R); 2 Co 9:15 & Eph 2:8 (salvation).

2016 Christmas Special 1

Dec 25, 16

Ps 8– w/in all of God's vast creation man is His crowning achievement, to whom He has freely given the gift of His Son. Chronology of the Christmas Story read by various congregational participants & interspersed w/hymns. Prophecy of the Christ's Birth & Kingdom: Is 7:14; 9:2,6f; Mic 5:2. Gabriel's Announcements: Lk 1:26-38; Mt 1:18-25. Trip to Bethlehem: Lk 2:1-7. The Shepherds: Lk 2:8-19. The Magi: Mt 2:1-12. Joseph Warned, Herod's Slaughter & Return to Galilee: Mt 2:13-23; Lk 2:39. Christ as the Light of the World: Jn 1:1-14.

2015 Christmas Special 2

Dec 23, 15

Christmas Special; Birth of Jesus Christ; Hebrews 1:1-4 and discussed seven descriptions of the Son found in Hebrews 1:2-3

2015 Christmas Special 1

Dec 20, 15

Christmas Program (song and scripture reading)

2014 Christmas Special 2

Dec 23, 14

Mary and Joseph

2014 Christmas Special 1

Dec 21, 14

Scriptural overview

2013 Christmas Special 1

Dec 25, 13

The chronology of Life of Christ and the Christmas Story

2012 Christmas Special 5

Dec 30, 12

Luke 1:26-37; six reasons for the virgin conception

2012 Christmas Special 4

Dec 30, 12

Matt 2:1-6; the Magi and their knowledge of OT prophecies

2012 Christmas Special 3

Dec 26, 12

The Christmas Story (cont'd); lesson diagrams

2012 Christmas Special 2

Dec 23, 12

The Christmas Story (cont'd); lesson diagrams

2012 Christmas Special 1

Dec 23, 12

The Christmas Story; lesson diagrams

2011 Christmas Special 2

Dec 25, 11

Luke 2:8-16; the signs of significance cont.─ theology, typology; the Shepherd and the Lamb; the Lamb and the Sacrifice; the Sacrifice and the High Priest

2011 Christmas Special 1

Dec 25, 11

Luke 2:8-16; the signs of significance ─ geography, prophecy; midgal eder

2010 Christmas Special 1

Dec 19, 10

Luke 1:26-55; Mary found favor with God; Mary’s song c.f. Hannah’s prayer; 1 Sam 2:1ff

2008 Christmas Special 1

Dec 24, 08

Personal Relationship w/God; Conception miracle; Purpose of Jesus' birth; Matt 1:18-25; Hypostatic Union; God 's actions in our lives; Isa 7:14; God's direct action to save us; Rom 3:23, John 1:14, Phil 2:5-8; Rom 5:8

2007 Christmas Special 1

Dec 23, 07

Matt 2:1-12; the Christmas Story; the Magi; the Star

Thanksgiving Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Thanksgiving 2017

Nov 19, 17

Despite the extreme hardships they endured nearly four centuries ago, the pilgrims recognized God's hand of blessing and thanked Him. Verses demonstrating the Biblical approach to Thanksgiving. Reasons to give thanks for who God is, and for all He has given and done for us.

Thanksgiving 2013

Nov 24, 13

 

Thanksgiving 2006

Nov 22, 06

Ps 100:1;  Origins of Thanks giving Day in America; puritans;  official proclamations by Samuel Adams and President George Washington; Ps 118

Reformation Day Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Reformation Day 2017

Oct 29, 17

On Oct 31st, 1517 Martin Luther challenged the bishop with 95 Theses centering on the problem of indulgences. Questioning the over emphasis on church tradition and under emphasis on God's Word, Luther broke from the norm and studied the Bible for himself. Monk, priest, and professor Luther argued for sola scriptura and sola fide. This influential Protestant Reformer translated the Bible into German and was excommunicated from the Church. Transubstantiation, indulgences, and relics described.

Independence Day Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Independence Day 1

Jul 2, 17

Communion. Remembering who we are as a nation that has been established on biblical principles. Not all colonists agreed about independence from England, but they were grounded in spiritual matters. Our forefathers desired to honor God as our nation's Originator.  PowerPoint slides

Independence Day 2

Jul 3, 16

Communion Service; Independence Day

Independence Day 1

Jul 3, 16

Independence Day; Ps 25:1-11

Independence Day 2

Jul 8, 12

Communion Service; founders based the Declaration of Independence on biblical principles and God who executes righteousness and justice

Independence Day 1

Jul 8, 12

Ps 103:1-22; Declaration of Independence; inalienable rights from God

Independence Day 2

Jul 3, 11

Communion Service; Deut 28:1-ff; Declaration of Independence and the spiritual heritage of our nation;

Independence Day 1

Jul 3, 11

Ps 33; John Trumball painting of the Founding Father’s; Christian basis for the founding of our nation

Independence Day 2

Jul 4, 10

Communion Service; Founding Father’s comments; spiritual freedom-three stages; high price of freedom; CMH Jered C Monty

Independence Day 1

Jul 4, 10

Beliefs of the founding Fathers; John Adams, letters to Abigail, Declaration of Independence appealed to Judge of all the earth; Gen 18:25; George Washington’s dependence upon prayer; testimony of Isaac Potts, CMH George Benjamin

Independence Day 2

Jul 5, 09

Communion Service; Founding Fathers’ quotes cont.; PowerPoint

Independence Day 1

Jul 5, 09

Isa 59:1-2 providential hand of God in creation of nations; spiritual heritage of the USA; client nation responsibilities; Founding Fathers’ quotes; PowerPoint

Resurrection Day Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Resurrection 3

Apr 30, 17

Mary of Magdala: A Changed Life. After having 7 demons cast out, Mary expressed her gratitude to the Lord by leaving all to follow Him throughout His ministry, cross, tomb, and resurrection. Her selfless devotion in service positioned her to witness the greatest events in human history.

Resurrection 2

Apr 23, 17

Women of the Cross. Exhibiting her love & devotion to the Lord, a woman known for her sins, anoints His feet while the Pharisee shows Him disdain (Lk 7:36-50). Why was Mary of Nazareth chosen by God? This humble servant faithfully waited on the Lord. Her ready & willing attitude to obey should characterize bels in the LJC. Other pictures of Mary throughout the Scriptures.

Resurrection 1

Apr 16, 17

The People at the Crucifixion & Resurrection. What was the prevalent attitude among the disciples? Belief or unbelief? Mary of Magdala demonstrated her commitment to the Lord by the tomb (Jn 20:1-18). Mary of Bethany committed herself to the Lord's teaching (Lk 10:42) and was unrestrained in her demonstration of love for Him as she anointed His feet (Jn 12:3).

Resurrection 2

Apr 5, 15

Communion; Mark 15:42-16:6; The Importance of the Resurrection

Resurrection 1

Apr 5, 15

Mark 14:51-15:41

   

Resurrection 2

Mar 31, 13

Matt 28:1-8; who was this man, Jesus? cont.

Resurrection 1

Mar 31, 13

Matt 28:1-8; who was this man, Jesus?

   

Resurrection 4

May 1, 11

Communion Service; timing of the Passover Week; Matt 12:40; 3 days and 3 nights idiom; Good Friday tradition; PowerPoint for lessons 12-13

Resurrection 3

May 1, 11

Ex 12:1-11; Passover Week Timeline or Countdown to Calvary cont.; Passover Lamb; 1 Cor 5:7; the Jewish day; PowerPoint for lessons 12-13

Resurrection 2

Apr 24, 11

Jn 20:1-18; Passover Week Timeline cont.; PowerPoint for lessons 10-11

Resurrection 1

Apr 24, 11

Matt 28:1-10; Passover Week Timeline; PowerPoint for lessons 10-11

   

Resurrection 1

Apr 4, 10

Resurrection Day; Chronology of the Holy Week; Christ crucified on Thursday

   

Resurrection 2

Apr 12, 09

Resurrection celebration; Matt 28:1ff; Christ foretold His resurrection; the many appearances of the resurrected Christ; the facts and significance of the resurrection

Resurrection 1

Apr 12, 09

Resurrection celebration; John 20:1ff; the events of the last week of Christ’s life on earth; rejection by Christ by Israel; six trials of Christ; Matt 26:47ff

   

Resurrection 2

Mar 23, 08

Significance of the Resurrection of Christ

Resurrection 1

Mar 23, 08

History of the Resurrection of Christ

   

Resurrection 2

Apr 8, 07

Events of the last week of Christ; Jn 12-12-16; Mk 11:12-19; 21:23-24:25; 26:1-10; Jn 13:34, Mk 14:12-41; Jn 18:2-8; Mondi Thursday; Christ’s trails and last words on the cross; Luke 23:34, 43; Jn 19:27; Mk 15:34; Jn 19:28, 30; the resurrection of Christ; Matt 28:1-10

Resurrection 1

Apr 8, 07

History of Easter; Palm Sunday review; John the Baptist’s proclamation; Matt 3:3; genuine offer of the Kingdom; triumphal entry of Christ we the fulfillment of prophecy; Zech 9:9; Dan 9:24-27, Neh 2:1-8

   

Resurrection 2

Apr 16, 06

Ps 22:1-31 cont.; Matt 27:21-46; salvation is finished; Christ is risen; Col 3:1-4

Resurrection 1

Apr 16, 06

Easter-What is in a name? Mk 15:16-16:17; Ps 22:1-31 fulfillment in the Messiah;

New Year's Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

New Years Day Special 12

Jan 1, 17

Communion. The Lord Will Provide—Ge 22:1-14. God has not only planned & provided for our spiritual lives, but for every aspect of our daily lives as well. For Abraham & Isaac the mountain was where the problem was, but that was also where God provided the solution. We need to arrive at a place in our lives where we are obedient to the Lord, and in a position where God can provide for us. B/c our spiritual life is the backdrop for everything we do, spiritual resolutions should take precedence before physical ones.

New Years Day Special 11

Jan 1, 16

Spiritual Renewal in the New Year; Bible Reading Challenge

New Years Eve Special 10

Dec 31, 15

The New Year in Review and in Renew; Bible Reading Challenge

New Years Eve Special 9

Dec 31, 14

Romans 8:28; Louis Zamperini

New Years Eve Special 8

Dec 31, 13

Battle of Trenton; Adversity, Faith and Hope; Rom 5:1-5

New Years Eve Special 7

Dec 31, 12

Hero of the Faith: Peter Muhlenburg

New Years Day Special 6

Jan 1, 12

Ps 33:12-22; human history revolves around Israel; omniscience and omnipotence of God, our Helper and Protector

New Years Day Special 5

Jan 1, 12

Ps 33:1-12; The believer’s and the nation’s relationship with God; we are commanded to rejoice; gratitude, a godly quality; God’s the Word, the instrument of our spiritual growth; the covenantal faithfulness of God; Jesus Christ controls history

New Years Eve Special 4

Dec 31, 11

A nation in crisis; like Israel we have forgotten the source of our blessing; Ps33:12; Ex19:5ff; importance of transforming your thinking; Rom 12:1-2; 8:29; Gal 2:20

New Years Eve Special 3

Dec 31, 09

Military Communion; putting trust in God rather than Government;

New Years Eve Special 2

Dec 31, 08

Military Communion; abiding in the shadow of the Almighty; political leadership is by God’s design; Rom 13:1ff

New Years Eve Special 1

Dec 31, 07

Rom 12:1-2; submitting our bodies as a living, holy, acceptable sacrifice to God; renewing our minds in the devil’s world; Eph 5:15

Father's Day Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Father's Day Special 3 June 19, 16

Father's Day Special

Father's Day Special 2 June 19, 16

Father's Day Special

Father's Day Special l June 21, 15

Chafer Conference report and the importance of biblical fatherhood

Valentine's Day Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Valentine's Day Special Feb 14, 16

Love on Valentine's Day; Impersonal Love

Memorial Day Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Memorial Day 4

May 24, 15

Memorial Day Special

Memorial Day 3

May 25, 14

John 1:1-5; Korea, the Forgotten War

Memorial Day 2

May 31, 10

Memorial Day Special; Honoring the fallen at Military Cemeteries

Memorial Day 1

May 25, 08

Our honored dead, we must not forget; Deut 8

Mother's Day Special

Number

Class Date

Subject

Mother's Day Special 1

May 10, 15

2 Tim 1:1-7, 3:14-15; Lois and Eunice

Veteran's Day Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Veteran's Day Special 4

Nov 11, 12

Honoring Veterans; Ps 104; Ps 3 and 4.

Veteran's Day Special 3

Nov 11, 12

Honoring all who served; Matt 26:36-46; Gethsemane; spiritual service; Matt 20:2-28; Our Lord came to serve

Veteran's Day Special 2

Nov 11, 07

Honoring fallen American heroes; 2 Sam 22:1ff; strength for battle comes from the Lord; God is not bound by time

Veteran's Day Special 1

Nov 11, 07

Origins of Veterans Day—Armistice Day 11-11-1918; 1 Chron 5:18-22; as the Lord fought for Moses and Joshua, so He is fighting for us today; the Lord is protecting our military

Constitution Day Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Constitution Day 01

Sep 16, 12

1 Sam 8:1-22; majority of the Framers of the Constitution had a biblical worldview

Constitution Day 02

Sep 16, 12

Deut 17:14-20; majority of the Framers of the Constitution had a biblical worldview cont.; US Constitution, the fruit of the Framers’ biblical worldview

Patriot's Day Special

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

Patriot's Day 02

Apr 19, 09

1775 Lexington and Concord cont.; freedom issues relevant to colonists; biblical education of the colonists inspired resolve to secure national freedom; 1 Sam 8:1ff; 10:8ff

Patriot's Day 01

Apr 19, 09

1775 Lexington and Concord; Declaration of Independence read in all the churches; the Black Robed Brigade; importance of clergy; 1 Sam 13:19ff