Connect with the Word | Week of 04.12.20
Sermon Title: “Resurrection Reminders”
Sermon Text: Mark 10:32-34
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: We need to be reminded of the spiritual truth associated with the resurrection. If we are not careful, we can relegate the resurrection to the realm of quaint tradition. It can become a thing of cultural religion that has no practical benefit for our souls. Many glibly and gladly tip their proverbial hat to the event while having little understanding of the benefit it brings their way. We need Scriptural reminders concerning the resurrection, because the event contains several life-altering realities.
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.
Main Idea for Preschoolers: Jesus is ALIVE!
It is important for preschoolers to focus on the fact that Jesus is alive. Depending on the child’s age, the details of the crucifixion can be too much for he/she to comprehend. Simply state that Jesus died, but as he promised, He came back to life.
Preschoolers might mention grandparents or pets that may have died. Use this to point out that people and animals do not come back to life after dying. ONLY JESUS had the ability to come back to life!
We can know Jesus is alive, because people saw and talked to him after his resurrection (when he came back to life).
We celebrate Easter, because Jesus is alive in heaven!
Find 4 flat stones or draw circles with chalk on the sidewalk. Write one word on each stone with chalk to learn the verse. Kids can hop from each stone & say the verse. Jesus is Alive! Matthew 28:7
KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: Jesus is alive!
Bible story: Matthew 26-28
Video Length: 13:33
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 is alive!
Large piece of paper or material that can be ripped
Stack of paper or plastic cups
- Say: Today’s story is AMAZING and there are many parts to it! Today, we are
going to talk about an unfair trial, soldiers, earthquakes, angels, and the best
part… Jesus’ resurrection!
- Say: There may be a lot of parts to this important story, but make sure to focus on
Jesus. He loved the Father and loved us so much that He was willing to go through
this plan to bring salvation to you and the entire world!
OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Read and discuss the Resurrection of Jesus. (Depending on your child’s age, choose how many verses you will read together. Although you can find this account in all the Gospels, the references below are all from one book of the Bible, to make it easier to find for kids.)
- Jesus was betrayed and arrested. (Matthew 26: 47-50)
- Jesus was taken to the high priest, Caiaphas (Matthew 26: 57) and then to the
governor, Pilate (Matthew 27:2)
- Jesus was mocked and beaten, then led away to be crucified. (Matthew 27:28-31)
- As Jesus hung on the cross, there was darkness for three hours. (Matthew 27:45)
- When Jesus died, the curtain of the temple tore from top to bottom and there
was an earthquake. (Matthew 27: 50-51)
- Jesus was buried in a tomb. (Matthew 27: 59-60)
- After three days, some women went to the tomb. There was another earthquake.
They saw an angel and found out that Jesus had risen! (Matthew 28: 1-7)
Take turns stacking paper or plastic cups into a pyramid on a table.
Without touching the cups, stomp on the floor or shake the table to try to make the cups fall down.
- In today’s story, there were TWO earthquakes!
- Earthquakes are a huge surprise. We have no idea when one is going to happen,
and they definitely get our attention.
- TWO TIMES, God wanted to make sure He had the people’s attention. The first
was when Jesus died on the cross. The second was when He raised Jesus from the
- Those two moments in history changed everything! They were big enough to
make the earth shake!
TORN CURTAIN DEMONSTRATION:
Have two family members stand, facing each other.
Hold the large piece of paper (or material) between the two. Explain that the paper keeps them separated. It would be hard to see each other, shake hands, or hug.
Rip the large piece of paper into two pieces down the middle, starting at the top. The torn paper allows the two family members to see and hug each other. (Encourage them to hug.)
- In the temple, there was a big curtain that separated the sinful people from God.
When Jesus offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice, God was pleased and
accepted the sacrifice. God Himself tore apart the curtain in the temple from the
top to the bottom.
- Jesus took away the sin, and we are no longer separated from God. We can be
with God forever because of Jesus.
Check out other Discussion questions below and close with guided prayer. STUDENTS VIDEO:
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (suggested for 1st – 12th graders):
YK=Younger Kids (1st-2nd), OK=Older Kids (3rd - 5th), S=Students (6th-12th)
(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.)
(S only) The resurrection of Jesus is highly debate around the world, for our faith is in vain if the resurrection did not occur (1 Cor 15:12-14). In what ways has your belief in the resurrection been challenged? Have you ever had to defend your faith when asked about this? What did you say? (Have you ever noticed how Discovery and other channels tend to play documentaries that try to disprove the resurrection right before Easter each year? They do this in an attempt to debunk our faith. No one can deny the historical authenticity of Jesus, even secular writers from the days of Jesus wrote about His life and ministry. Take the time to explain why and how our faith hinges on the resurrection being true.)
(YK, OK, S) Why was it significant that the curtain in the temple was torn in two? (Matthew 27:51)
Read Exodus 26:31-33. (The curtain was used to separate people from the Holy of Holies—a place only for the High Priest (Heb 9:7). This room contained the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat, where the High Priest would go to meet with God. One scholar noted this was the place where heaven and earth came together. Now that the veil was torn, believers can have access to God the Father! This is revolutionary, for we no longer need a priest, or man, to go before God on our behalf; we can go straight to Him. Help your child understand it is a privilege to meet with God one-on-one. Explain some age-appropriate ways your child can meet with God, such as reading His Word, praying, hearing from Him, and sensing the Spirit’s guidance.)
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
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 our Savior,