Note to the Teacher

The key emphasis of the lesson this week (Malachi 3:1-4 and Luke 3:1-6) is that God uses messengers such as John the Baptist to share a message with the world. The Ice Breaker invites youth to share about their own baptism experience. The Discussion encourages students to reflect on God’s use of messengers and our call to share God’s message. The Activity allows youth to create a message that they think God would want them to share with the world.

Times are based on a 50-minute lesson period but can be adjusted as necessary.

Time Description of Activity
10 min

1. Ice Breaker

Ask the students:

Since we’re discussing John the Baptist this week, ask:

  • What do you know about baptism?
  • Why do you think that we baptize infants? Can you think of examples of other practices involving babies that this could this be connected to in the Bible?
  • What do you know or remember about your baptism? If you were baptized as a baby, what stories have your parents told you about that moment?
20 min

2.  Read Scripture  & Discuss

Our Scripture reading today will focus upon Malachi 3:1-4 and Luke 3:1-6. Malachi 3 offers prophetic words about a messenger who will prepare the way for Jesus. Luke 3 tells part of the story of John the Baptist.

Read Malachi 3:1-4

  • Where is Malachi located in the Bible? (explain that the book of Malachi was written around 400 years before the earliest books of the New Testament.)
  • What would you expect to find in the final book of the Old Testament?
  • What is the identity of the messenger that is predicted in Malachi (John the Baptist)?  Why do you think that?
  • Verse 2 says that the coming of the Lord is like a “refiner’s fire” – what is a “refiner’s fire?” What does it mean to be refined?



3. Discussion

Read Luke 3:1-6

  • Verse 3 states how John hoped that the people would respond to his preaching.  What was that hope?
  • What does repentance mean?
  • How is repentance like being refined?
  • What is the final hope that is stated in verse 6?
20 min

4. Activity and Discussion:

Take this lesson to the next level by getting students’ hands and imaginations involved using the activity from the Youthworker Collective:

5 min  

5. Closing

Close in the manner that is typical for you. Consider taking joys/concerns from the students, then ask for a volunteer to close in prayer.

50 min


Large sheet of paper for each group of 2-3 students
Markers or crayons

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