Connect with the Word | Week of 06.07.20
Sermon Title: “Fighting Temptation”
Sermon Text: Mark 1:12-13
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: While we all face temptation, Jesus models for us how we can fight against it.
· 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 can help us to make the right choice.
· What does it mean to be tempted? (We want to do things, when we know we should not.)
· Tell your child to close their eyes and count to ten.
· Ask: Was it hard to keep your eyes closed? Did you want to peek and see where I went?
· This activity shows how hard it can be to obey and resist the temptation to open our eyes.
· In today’s story, Jesus was tempted by Satan. Satan is the enemy of God.
· Even though Jesus was tempted, he did not sin. He always did the right thing.
· When we think are tempted, we can ask God to help us. Jesus told Satan “Go Away!”.
Game: Play a game “Ok or go away!” Ask your child to respond “ok or go away” to these statements.
· Take a piece of candy from the store.
· Pull someone’s hair if she won’t give you her toy.
· Put on your shoes when asked by your parent.
· Complain about your food.
· Help your brother/sister put on their shoes.
It is hard to obey all the time, but we can pray and ask Jesus to help us say no to sin. When we disobey, we can ask Jesus to forgive us and he will.
KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: Although Jesus was tempted by Satan, He never sinned.
Bible passages: Mark 1: 12-13, Mark 1:15
Video Length: 6:41
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: Although Jesus was tempted by Satan, He never sinned.
· Memory verse on small slips of paper (provided in Scripture Memory Supplies bag)
· Straws (provided in Scripture Memory Supplies bag)
· 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 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 1:15. An activity is included below. (Today’s activities require minimal supplies, as listed above. These supplies are available at all Sunday worship services or can be picked up at Tabernacle during the week.)
· Today, we are going to discuss the temptation of Jesus.
OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Find Mark 1:12
· This verse discusses the Holy Spirit. Why did the Holy Spirit drive (or lead) Jesus into the wilderness? Point out that the Holy Spirit did this so that Jesus could show that He was without sin.
· Discuss with your child that we have a sin nature; Jesus did not.
Find Mark 1:13
· This verse tells us that Jesus was in the wilderness being tempted for 40 days! That’s a long time!
· If we look at Matthew 4:1-11, we learn more details about what happened in the wilderness.
· Point out that wild animals were with Jesus and He wasn’t harmed. In the garden of Eden, the animals co-existed peacefully because sin wasn’t in the garden of Eden before the fall.
· Point out that the angels took good care of Jesus.
· We might not understand every detail of this story, but we know that Jesus is the Son of God and that He is sinless, therefore, He can take away our sins.
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!
· For this week’s memory verse activity, write the verse on small slips of paper and gather some straws. (These supplies are also available at all Sunday worship services or can be picked up at Tabernacle during the week.)
· Spread out the slips of paper. Draw air in from the straw to create a vacuum so that you can move the slips of paper into the correct order. (Click here for lesson video that demonstrates this activity.)
· Make it a competition by timing yourself to see who can do it the fastest!
· 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. (OK & S) In his sermon, Pastor Patrick taught about the temptation of Jesus directly before beginning His earthly ministry. Since Jesus was both fully God and fully man, He was tempted like us—though He never gave in to sin (Heb 4:15). The parallel passage to Mark 1:12-13 is Luke 4:1-13. Turn to Luke 4:1-13 and read aloud.
· Jesus taught us some key things to fighting against temptation. What are some of those? (Knowing Scripture, memorizing Scripture, standing guard, fighting temptation, etc.)
· What can we learn about being tested in our faith from looking at this account? (Here, Jesus models the expectations we have in life while considering temptation. We know temptation will be something we battle daily. Our faith will be tested, and we will have times of doubt. However, Jesus stood up to Satan with great confidence and did not give in to sin.)
3. (OK & S) In what ways can we protect ourselves from giving into temptation when we are in a vulnerable place? (In the military, they teach about situational awareness. This means to always be aware of what is going on around you. Paying attention to the surroundings may save your life. In the same way, we know the areas that we are vulnerable. We must be aware of those areas and avoid them at all cost.)
· Satan tried to manipulate the meaning of God’s Word in his attack on Jesus. What does Jesus’ response to Satan teach us about the importance of God’s Word? (Jesus could have used anything to defeat Satan during the temptation. Instead, He used God’s Word. Take that into consideration while fighting temptation.)
· What does this teach us about our need to properly understand God’s Word? (Without proper understanding of the Word, we cannot use it as a defense (and offense) against temptation.)
· What are some ways you can become better equipped to use the weapon of God’s Word against your sin this upcoming week?
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.