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Connect with the Word | July 19, 2020

Sermon Title: “Transformed by the Transfiguration”

Sermon Text: Mark 9:2-13

For a printable PDF, please click here.

The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: We can learn three spiritual realizations that can transform our lives.


· This resource is directed toward parents/guardians.

· It is best to look over material & gather supplies before starting.

· Choose what works best for you family.

- These activities are intended to be 10-15 minutes but may spur some great


- Adapt as necessary to fit your family’s unique needs. Use some or all of these


· For better discussion, remember to ask open-ended questions (avoid yes/no questions).

· Have FUN connecting with your family & with God’s Word.

· Share your connections with us on social media using #tabernacletogether & #tbcfamilyconnect.

Preschool Life Group VIDEO:

Preschool ACTIVITY:

Main Idea for Preschoolers: Jesus wants me to remember and worship him. (Mark 9:1-13)

· Supplies: Various pictures of Jesus-digital or paper. Paper and pencil.

· Show your child a picture of Jesus. “Who do you think this is?”

· Continue to show your child the different pictures of Jesus and ask the same question.

· These pictures are just guesses as what Jesus may look like as a human, but we don’t really know.

· Jesus took his friends up on a mountain and changed his appearance right before them!

· Jesus’ face was bright like the sun and his clothing was all white.

· Jesus told his friends to remember and worship HIM.

KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):

Main Idea for Kids: The Transfiguration of Jesus showed us that He is indeed God’s Son!

Bible passages: Mark 9:2-13, Mark 8:34

Video Length: 8:11

Kids will need their Bibles. :)

KIDS ACTIVITY (suggested for 1st - 5th graders):

**This lesson is the same lesson as taught in the video.

Main Idea for Kids: The Transfiguration of Jesus showed us that He is indeed God’s Son!

Gather supplies:

· Bible

· Phone for selfie video

· Optional: glow stick

Worship Option:

· Click here for “We Stand Forgiven.” We will use this song for 3 weeks in the family-friendly service so that families have several opportunities to learn it.

· Click here for a fun praise song, “Every Move I Make.”


· Today, we continue our 9-week summer sermon series on the book of Mark. This lesson can be used as an introduction to Pastor Patrick’s sermon before worship or can be used as a review after worship.

· We are also going to work on memorizing Scripture as a family. For these first three weeks of this summer sermon series, we are going to memorize Mark 8:34. An activity is included below.

· Today, we are going to discuss the Transfiguration of Jesus.

Introduction Activity

· Has your child ever played with a glow stick? If you have one available, pull one out and make it light up.

· Explain that Jesus’ appearance changed in our story today. It was like He glowed. Can you imagine that?

OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Find Mark 9: 2-13

· Today’s story is about the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus was 100% man and 100% God. Even though the disciples had witnessed some amazing miracles that proved that Jesus was God’s Son, His transfiguration gave them a glimpse at His full glory.

· Spend some time with your child reading through the verses in this story. Here are some things you might want to stop and discuss:

-v. 2 – Although Jesus had 12 disciples, He only asked these three to accompany Him up the mountain.

-v. 3 – This verse explains what “transfiguration” means. Spend some time explaining what this word means.

-v. 4 – Explain who Elijah and Moses were. (They were prophets from the Old Testament. Elijah was taken up to heaven and Elisha took his place. Moses led the Israelites from slavery in Egypt and received the Ten Commandments from God.) They wouldn’t have been alive when Jesus was alive? How could they be standing there, talking to Jesus?

-v. 5-6 – Have you ever been so overwhelmed at a situation? Peter wasn’t sure what to do, so he offered to make a shelter for Elijah and Moses.

-v. 7 – God spoke! His words were just like what He said when Jesus was baptized!

-v. 8 – As quickly as they had come, Elijah and Moses disappeared and Jesus was no longer transfigured.

-v. 9-10 – Jesus knew what was going to happen. Even though He told the disciples that He must die on the cross and that He would rise three days later, they didn’t understand.

-v. 11-13 – These verses continue the story, but may not be necessary to explain for this lesson.

· We are all in need of a Savior. Jesus was 100% man and 100% God. He never sinned. Because He never sinned, He was able to take our place on the cross. He paid the ransom for us. This week’s memory verse ties directly into this truth. Spend some time learning it as a family.


· We will work on memorizing this verse for three weeks. Entire families are encouraged to memorize it - not just the kids!

· For this week’s memory verse activity, your child will need to use your cell phone.

· Because we learn best by repeating things over and over, encourage your child to say the memory verse over and over in different locations (example: under the bed or in a tree!). Let your child take a selfie video while saying the verse. When they watch themselves saying the verse, they will hear it again. The more they say it and hear it, the more they will truly hide God’s Word in their hearts.

· Make sure to spend some time discussing the meaning of the verse. What does it mean to deny yourself? Do you really have to carry a cross?

· It’s also a great idea to post the memorize verse in different locations around your house. Write your own or use the ones provided by TBC.

Check out other Discussion questions below. Close in guided prayer.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (suggested for 1st – 12th graders):

YK=Younger Kids (1st-2nd), OK=Older Kids (3rd - 5th), S=Students (6th-12th)

1. (YK, OK, S) What was something that personally impacted you from Pastor Patrick’s message? What did you learn? What challenged you? (Parents should share first.)

2. (OK, S) Turn to Mark 9:1-13 and read aloud. What happened during this passage? Who all were involved? What does it mean to be transfigured? How is the transfiguration significant to our faith? (In this passage, we see Jesus ascend a high mountain to be present with the Father. While on the mountain, Jesus encounters Moses and Elijah. Being transfigured means “to change in a manner that is visible to others” (Schnabel). One of the greatest lessons learned here is the proof of the resurrection. Elijah and Moses being physically present with Jesus proves to us there is life after death.)

3. (OK, S) Why do you think God the Father told the disciples to listen to Jesus? Do we need to hear the same message today? How are you doing listening to Jesus? (God the Father proclaimed from Heaven that the disciples were to listen to Jesus. This affirmed every claim Jesus made, for He is the Son of God.)

4. (YK, OK, S) What can you do this week to apply what we have learned today? (Parents, here is your opportunity to share with your child the importance of applying the Word of God. Each week, we should leave worship knowing how to apply God’s Word in our lives. If we don’t, we have missed a great opportunity.)


Explain that you are going to lead the kids in a guided prayer time.

(Parents of preschoolers and kids, explain that you are going to give suggestions for things to pray, then you will pause, then you will give another suggestion. Tell the kids that they are to pray silently and that they will know to finish when you say, “Amen.”)

You can read these prompts as written or make up your own prayer prompts.

  • Let’s start by telling God how great He is. (pause)

  • The Bible tells us that we all disobey and sin. Is there anything you need to ask God for forgiveness, like being mean or selfish or not obeying your parents? If so, do that now. (pause)

  • Next, tell God what you are thankful for. (pause)

  • Now ask God to help you trust Him and follow Him more every day. (pause)

  • Next, take a moment to lift up prayer requests. (pause)

  • Thank you, God, for giving us your truth in the Bible. Thank you for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins so that we could have a perfect relationship with You. We pray all these things in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.

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