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• Would you find accounts of the missionary journeys of Paul in the Old Testament or the New Testament? (New Testament)• The books of the Bible are divided into chapters and (Verses).• Would you find the Beatitudes in the Old Testament or the New Testament? (New Testament)• How many letters are there in the New Testament? (21)• In the Old Testament, the first book of prophets is (Isaiah).• The shortest Gospel is the Gospel of (Mark).• The last event in Matthew’s Gospel is the (Ascension of Jesus).• The most important event in the Gospels is the (Resurrection of Jesus).• How many psalms are there? (150)• The word psalm means (Song).• True or false: The Bible is the Word of God. (True)• True or false: The Old Testament has nothing to do with Jesus. (False)Discover Gospel and DoctrineGospel: Move to the area where you have enthroned the Bible. This part of a Visions lesson is always dedicated to proclaiming the Sunday Gospel as it is presented in the weekly lesson. Because these online Early Start lessons can be used on any Sunday, the Sunday Gospels are not part of the lessons. Use this time to familiarize your young people with the New Testament and especially with the Gospels.Have the young people form groups of two or three. Have a Bible available for each student or at least one for each small group. Write the citation Matthew 6:25–34 on the board or on aOnline Early Start Lesson 1sheet of newsprint. Ask a volunteer to explain how to find this passage in the Bible:• • •Matthew: the name of the Gospel 6: the chapter in Matthew’s Gospel 25–34: the verses in chapter 6Provide additional directions if necessary. Direct everyone to find the passage. If one group member finds the passage quickly, he or she can help teammates locate it.When everyone has found the passage, readit aloud together, with different people taking each of the 10 verses. They will notice the numbers for the verses are often in the middle of the paragraphs.After the reading, ask if the Bible they used has a heading for that part of Matthew’s Gospel. The New Revised Standard version has the head “Do Not Worry.” Count the number of times a form of “worry” appears in those 10 verses. Ask what heading the young people would give this section of the Gospel.Invite the young people to turn back to the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel and page through the New Testament. Point out that the four Gospels are first. They usually appear in the order of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, even though Mark was written first. The Gospels tell us about Jesus’ life and teaching. The Acts of the Apostles, the story of the early Christian Church, comes right after the Gospels. Then come 21 letters to the first Christian communities from Saint Paul and other Apostles. The Book of Revelation is the last book of the New Testament and of the whole Bible.Ask your young people to find the table of contents for the New Testament in their Bibles. Have them use the table of contents to restate the contents and order of the New Testament: Gospels, Acts, Letters, and Revelation.Early Start 1: We Meet Jesus in the Gospels©2017PflaumPublishingGroup,adivisionofBayard,Inc. Permissionisgrantedtoreproducethispageforusebyparishes,schools,andfamiliesusing PflaumGospelWeeklies.

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