Connect with the Word | Week of 05.31.20
Sermon Title: “Why Is Jesus So Special?”
Sermon Text: Mark 1:9-11
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: When we understand what Jesus has done for us, we will find the peace, purpose, and sense of belonging that everyone desperately desires.
· 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’ baptism is a special example for us.
What are some ways we use water at home? (Drinking, bathing, cooking, swimming) At church? (Drinking, baptism)
In today’s message, water is used in Jesus’ baptism. Baptism is a special way for people to show others they follow Jesus by being quickly submerged under the water.
Explain a sign is a picture of something instead of words or gives directions.
Think of some signs commonly seen by kids. (Restrooms, classroom, McDonald’s, stop sign)
Just like these signs show us places, Jesus was baptized as a sign for us.
Jesus never sinned, but he was baptized by John for us to know what we should do when we are old enough to understand.
After Jesus was baptized, God said, “This is my son and I am very happy with him” and a dove appeared.
Craft option: Make a bird from a coffee filter.
KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River.
Bible passages: Mark 1:9-11, Mark 1:15
Video Length: 7:24
Kids will need their Bibles. :)
Watch this video as an introduction to Pastor Patrick’s sermon before worship or as a review for after. Includes Scripture Memory activity for Mark 1:15.
KIDS ACTIVITY (suggested for 1st - 5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River.
· Click here for “God’s Son.” We will use this song for 3 weeks in the 4:30 service so that families have several opportunities to learn it.
· Today, we start a 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 the first three weeks of this summer sermon series, we are going to memorize Mark 1:15. An activity is included below. (This first activity doesn’t require any supplies, but the next two activities will. These supplies will be handed out after each worship service or can be picked up at Tabernacle during the week.)
· Today, we are going to discuss the baptism of Jesus. If you can, visit a nearby river, such as the Etowah River.
OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Find Mark 1:9-11
· Mark’s account of the baptism of Jesus is only three verses. The account of the Jesus’ baptism can be found in all four gospel books, so you might want to dig in deeper by reading the accounts in the other gospels.
· Verse 9 – Discuss John the Baptist, who came before Jesus to announce His coming.
· Explain that baptism is a picture of Jesus’ death and burial (going under the water) and resurrection (coming up out of the water). Jesus was giving us a glimpse of what was to come by being baptized.
· Verse 10 – Discuss how the Spirit of God descended like a dove.
· Verse 11 – Discuss how God proclaimed that Jesus was His Son.
Find Mark 1:15 – our Scripture memory verse for three weeks
· This week, we are going to focus on the word, “Repent.”
· Repent means to change what you are doing, to go in a different direction after you realize your sin. (We have discussed sin several times in the last few weeks, but it’s always a good idea to make sure your child understands what sin is and how it separates us from a holy God.)
SCRIPTURE MEMORY ACTIVITY for Mark 1:15:
· We will work on memorizing this verse for three weeks. Entire families are encouraged to memorize it - not just the kids!
· This week’s activity does not require any supplies, just a playful attitude. (Next week, the Scripture memory activity will require some simple supplies. TBC is giving out these supplies after each worship service this week, or they can be picked up during the week from the main office.)
· Practice saying this verse with silly voices (high voice, low voice, thick accent, etc.). You can even record yourself and change the audio. (Check out this week’s video to see an example from Mrs. Rebecca.)
· Record yourself saying the verse in a silly way and send it in! We want to share in the fun!
· 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 that comes with the Scripture memory supplies.
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. (YK, OK & S) Read aloud Mark 1:9-11. What were some important events that happened in this passage?(Let’s focus on two important events that happened here. First, Jesus was baptized. Second, we read of the trinity being present at the same time.)
· What does it mean to be baptized? Why is baptism significant? Share your story of when you were baptized, if applicable. (Baptism can be described as a person being fully immersed in water to portray the spiritual event of salvation. Now, the Bible is clear that baptism does not save (Eph 2:8); rather, baptism is the outward expression to others of salvation. A new believer is put under water and raised out of the water to portray the cleansing of sin by the blood of Jesus (Rom 6:4). Baptism is a command, so all believers are expected to follow the model Jesus gave (Mark 1:9-11; Acts 2:41). Have you and/or your children not been baptized? Please reach out to Amy, Rebecca, or Benjy!)
· Why was it significant to have the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit present at the same time in this passage? (Sometimes we overlook a very significant part of this scene by not noticing the presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Here, we see how all three persons of the trinity are present at the same time. This supports our trinitarian theology.)
3. (OK & S) The Father affirmed His Son, Jesus. What does it mean to affirm someone? (Affirming someone can be defined as validating or expressing strong belief in or dedication to someone. Parents, give some examples of affirming someone. This is a great opportunity for you to affirm your children and spouse.)
· How did the Father affirm Jesus? (The Father validated His Son, Jesus, by sharing how pleased He was with Him. Stop and think of the impact this had to make on those around that heard the voice of God from Heaven. Talk about gaining street cred!)
· Why was the Father affirming Jesus important? (For the original audience, and us today, knowing the Father affirmed Jesus is another evidence for the deity and ministry of Jesus. This scene is recorded and confirmed with those that were present. Another important factor is the fact Jesus had the constant support of His Father. Finally, obedience is seen here. Jesus was affirmed by the Father AND carried out the mission from Him.)
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.