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Templul a fost reconstruit

Memory Verse

Jeremiah 29:11 –  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  • Read Ezra 4-6; Haggai

Younger Group (Preschool-3rd grade)

  • Watch: Younger Group (Preschool-3rd) Video Lesson 11

Discussion Questions

  • To which city did God’s people return?
    • Jerusalem (Ezra 1:2)
  • Who was the king of Persia when God’s people began rebuilding the temple?
    • Darius (Ezra 4:24)
  • What festival did the Jews celebrate when the temple was complete?
    • Passover (Ezra 6:19)
  • How did building the temple bring glory to God?
    • Guide the kids to understand that the temple was meant to be a place where God’s people worshiped Him. True worship of God glorifies Him. Additionally, enemies were trying to prevent them from finishing, so by overcoming those obstacles, God’s people showed God’s power to support and guide them.
  • The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit lives inside of Christians (1 Cor 3:16, 6:16, 6:19). How does this change our behavior?
    • Help the kids see that everyone is made in God’s image (Gen 1:26). We ought to respect one another and ourselves (Rom 12:10). We should treat each other with dignity, compassion, and love. Because we are vessels of the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to love with God’s love (1 John 4:7-21).
  • How can you encourage someone who is suffering and ready to give up hope?
    • Explain that we can offer encouragement from God’s Word. Someday, Jesus will return to restore the whole earth (Rev 21:5) and provide a place for us to live and worship Him forever (John 14:3). We face difficult times with hope because of Jesus’ promises.

Older Group (4th-Teen)

  • Watch: Older Group (4th-Teen) Video Lesson 11

Discussion Questions

  • To which city did God’s people return?
    • Jerusalem (Ezra 1:2)
  • Who was the king of Persia when God’s people began rebuilding the temple?
    • Darius (Ezra 4:24)
  • What festival did the Jews celebrate when the temple was complete?
    • Passover (Ezra 6:19)
  • How did building the temple bring glory to God?
    • Help kids conclude that God’s people were determined to rebuild the temple so they could worship God. Seeing the temple rebuilt showed God’s faithfulness. Hundreds of years later, God would send Jesus to dwell among His people so they would no longer need the temple (John 1:14).
  • The Bible tells us that we are God’s temple (1 Cor 3:16, 6:16, 6:19). How should that impact the way we relate to one another or see ourselves?
    • Emphasize to the kids that if we are in Christ (2 Cor 5:17), our bodies are the temple to the Holy Spirit. We should honor our bodies and treat others with respect (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
  • How can you encourage someone who is suffering and ready to give up hope?
    • Explain that we can offer encouragement from God’s Word. Someday, Jesus will return to restore the whole earth (Rev 21:5) and provide a place for us to live and worship Him forever (John 14:3). We face difficult times with hope because of Jesus’ promises.
  • Why is God the best foundation for our lives?
    • Invite kids to discuss how we can often be tempted to build our foundation on other things (relationships, popularity, etc.) but Scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is the only firm foundation. All other ground is sinking sand (1 Cor. 3:11).

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