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Connect with the Word | Week of 06.14.20

Sermon Title: “How’s Your Heart?”

Sermon Text: Mark 4:1-20

To print or view as a PDF, click HERE.

The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: Spiritual heart health is important. To be spiritually strong, we must make sure we have the right heart response to God’s Word.


· 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 listen and follow his instructions forever.

In today’s story, Jesus compared people to a seed trying to grow in different types of dirt.

Some people will listen to God’s instructions but will ignore them.

Some people will listen for a short time, but then quit listening.

Some people will listen and follow God until trouble comes, then forget God’s instructions.

Some people will listen, follow God forever and tell others about him.

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

Main Idea for Kids: In the parable of the sower, Jesus taught about how people respond to God’s Word.

Bible passages: Mark 4:1-20

Video Length: 13:01

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: In the parable of the sower, Jesus taught about how people respond to God’s Word.

Gather supplies:

· Bible

· Dry erase marker

· Dry erase board (or a mirror works, too!)

Worship Option:

· 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.

· Click here for “Fruit of the Spirit.”


· 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.)

OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Find Mark 4: 1-20

· Today, we are going to discuss The Parable of the Sower. Make sure that your child

understands that a parable is a story using familiar objects that teaches about the

Kingdom of God. Jesus taught in parables a lot. This parable involves someone spreading

(or sowing) seeds. (Make sure your child doesn’t confuse “sow” with “sew.”)

· In today’s story, Jesus used the parable when talking to the people (v 1-8), but didn’t

explain it until He was alone with His disciples (v13-20).

· Read through the parable and discuss the different elements of the story:

· The seed represents the Word of God.

· The hard soil represents someone who doesn’t truly hear the Word of God. This person is

blind to God’s truth.

· The rocky soil represents someone who hears God’s Word and are excited about it at

first, but doesn’t want to follow all of God’s commands and fall away.

· The soil with thorns/weeds represents someone who allows the desires and worries of

the world to choke out the Word and don’t produce fruit for the Kingdom.

· The good soil represents someone who are excited to hear God’s Word and live a life of



· This is the last week we will work on memorizing this verse. Entire families are

encouraged to memorize it - not just the kids! Next week, we will move on to a different


· For this week’s memory verse activity,

write the verse on a whiteboard or

mirror. (A whiteboard marker is

available at all Sunday worship services

or can be picked up at Tabernacle during

the week.)

· Erase one word at a time as you

continue to say the verse.

· Eventually, all the words will be erased

and you will have memorized this verse!

· 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. (S only) Pastor Patrick spoke on the health of your spiritual heart. What did he mean by “spiritual heart”? (Much like how the physical heart provides what our body needs, our spiritual heart supplies what our soul needs.)

· How is your spiritual heart? (This is a great opportunity to open up to your children by explaining the condition of your spiritual heart. Whether your spiritual heart is thriving or running on empty, your children need to hear from you.)

3. (OK & S) Read Mark 4:1-20. What did the soil represent? What did the seed represent? (The soil represents different people, and the seed represents the Word of God.)

· How many soils did Jesus describe? What were the differences between the soils? (Jesus described four different soils. The first soil (vv. 4, 15) represented a person who completely ignores the Word of God. Satan does all he can to keep the Word from getting to a person’s heart. The second soil (vv.5-6, 16-17) represented a person who hears the Word but is not interested in the cost of following Jesus. This person likes what Jesus can offer him or her for their own benefit but is not willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of following Jesus. The third soil (vv. 7, 18-19) represented a person who hears the Word but is far more concerned with what the “world” has to offer. Specifically, this person is only interested in self-gain and selfish desires. Finally, the fourth soil (vv. 8, 20) represented an individual that hears the Word and is truly converted as a follower of Jesus. This person has “fruit” as a proof of his or her decision to be a disciple of Jesus.)

· Have you seen this parable in real life? In other words, have you seen people like the four different soils? (In a graceful and judgement free manner, allow others to share about times where they have noticed this. Let this be a teaching moment for your children on the proper way one should receive the Word of God.)

· Which soil produced fruit? Does “fruit” represent something? If so, what does it represent? (The final soil (vv. 8, 20) produced fruit, which is seen as evidence of the Christian walk. You may think of this as having character, compassion, and calling like Jesus. The Bible is very clear by explaining that believers are to be like Christ. See 2 Corinthians 5:17, Luke 9:23, 1 Peter 1:16.)

· How has the Word changed you in the last month?

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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