Connect with the Word | July 26, 2020
Sermon Title: “Lessons from Calvary”
Sermon Text: Mark 15:16-32
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: At the cross of Calvary, the Lord’s eternal plan for human redemption reached a crescendo and Jesus accomplished an awesome work on our behalf. To experience the abundant life God has for us, we must be well acquainted with Jesus’ suffering and death.
· 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.
Preschool Life Group VIDEO:
Main Idea for Preschoolers: Jesus died for me.
· Jesus was accused of being a criminal. Jesus never sinned, so he was accused of doing something he did not do.
· The leaders punished Jesus by sending him to die on a cross.
· Jesus felt pain and died on the cross.
· Jesus knew all of these things would happen, but he would come back to life!
· Next week, we learn that Jesus is Alive!
KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: Jesus died on the cross for my sins.
Bible passages: Mark 15:16-32
Video Length: 11:28
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: Jesus died on the cross for my sins.
· Click here for “We Stand Forgiven.” We will use this song for several weeks in the family-friendly service so that families have several opportunities to learn it.
· Today, we continue our 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 crucifixion of Jesus. Next week, we will continue with the resurrection of Jesus!
· Ask your child if he/she has ever gotten his/her feelings hurt? How did it make you feel?
· Has anyone ever hurt you on purpose? How did it make you feel?
· Today, we are going to discuss that some people made fun of Jesus and hurt Him. Jesus suffered for us.
· Jesus lived a perfect life and never did anything wrong. He suffered and died on the cross to take away our sins. He made a way for us to have eternal life with God.
OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Find Mark 15:16-32
· Today’s story is about the crucifixion. Next week, we are discussing the resurrection. Even though we aren’t covering the resurrection verses this week, it is important that your child understands that Jesus conquered death and rose from the dead on the third day. We don’t want to leave out the best part!
· Spend some time with your child reading through the verses in this story. At this point in the story, Jesus had already been betrayed by Judas and put on trial and turned over to the soldiers.
· Here are some things you might want to stop and discuss:
-v. 16-20 – Depending on your child’s age, you might not want to focus on the details of these verses, but you can point out that Jesus was ridiculed and hurt on purpose by the soldiers. These verses demonstrate the sinful nature of mankind. We are all guilty of saying hurtful words and being mean to others. Use the song, “Sin Messed Everything Up, to emphasize this point.
-v. 21-28 – Again, you might want to think through how you want to discuss these verses with your child. As believers, we understand that these verses help us understand that Jesus was cursed for us. He took on the suffering we deserved because we are sinful. Galatians 3:13 tells us, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’” Jesus died a disgraceful death for us!
-v. 29-32 – Even though Jesus was being treated poorly, He never sinned in His responses. In fact, He was gracious to those around Him. We can remember that when we face mean people and hurtful situations.
· 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.
SCRIPTURE MEMORY ACTIVITY for Mark 8:34:
· We will work on memorizing this verse for several weeks. Entire families are encouraged to memorize it - not just the kids!
· For this week’s memory verse activity, you will need some bubbles!
Go outside and blow some bubbles.
· Say the verse as you pop the bubbles, one bubble for each word OR blow a big bubble and see if you can say the verse before it pops!
· 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) Pastor Patrick’s first point was “mankind is really messed up.” What was Pastor Patrick referring to? How are we, mankind, messed up? (Pastor Patrick was referring to man’s sinful nature. We are sinful by nature and by choice. We are born sinners, yet we are held responsible for choosing sin.)
3. (OK, S) What did Pastor Patrick mean when he said, “Jesus was cursed for us”? What is a curse in this context? (Jesus took on the curse of sin so believers did not have to. The curse in this context was the payment due sin, which was death. Because we are all sinners (Rom 3:23), we have been put under the curse of sin. The curse of sin is death (Rom 6:23).)
-What is the significance of Jesus being cursed for mankind? Does this have an impact on our lives? (On the cross, Jesus took the penalty on the behalf of believers. This has great impact on our lives, for believers ought to be ever so grateful for Jesus’ work on the cross. Although He was innocent of sin, He chose to take on sin on our behalf. In turn, guilty man was given the opportunity to stand innocent before God the Father. This is the best news for us!)
-Why didn’t we pay the penalty of sin? (We could not pay the price for sin, but God did. Through Jesus, the wrath of God was satisfied (Mark 14:6; Isa 53:10-11; Heb 9:26). Parents, help your children meditate on the death of Jesus on their behalf.)
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.)
CLOSE IN GUIDED PRAYER (all ages):
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.