Connect with the Word | Week of 06.21.20
Sermon Title: “Surviving the Storm”
Sermon Text: Mark 4:35-41
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: We need to know how to survive the storms of life.
· 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 helps me when I am afraid. (Mark 4:35-41)
· When was a time you were very afraid?
· What did you do when you were afraid?
· God wants to protect us and keep us safe, even when we are afraid or worried.
· Show me your scared, afraid face.
· God wants to take away are worried/scared face and give us a calm, peaceful face.
· In today’s message, we learned that Jesus friends, the disciples, were afraid during the
storm. Jesus was sleeping on the same boat.
· When the disciples awoke Jesus, he told the wind and waves to “Stop” and be calm.
· Jesus reminded his friends that he was always with them, and they can trust him when
Game for Preschoolers:
Supplies: blue sheet/blanket or tablecloth, ball
· Two or more people should hold the blanket
· Toss the ball in the center, then make waves and try to keep the ball from falling.
· One person calls “Stop” and the blanket stops waving.
· Remind your child, that Jesus was able to speak and tell the weather to stop.
· Jesus can help us when we pray and ask for him to calm our fears.
KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: Jesus brings me peace when I trust in Him.
Bible passages: Mark 4: 35-41, Mark 10:45
Video Length: 7:47
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 brings me peace when I trust in Him.
· Ball or stuffed animal for Scripture Memory activity
- Two glass jars
- Baby oil (or vegetable oil)
· Click here for “More Than Just a Good Man.” We will use this song for 3 weeks in the
family-friendly 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 10:45. 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 how Jesus calmed the sea. Because Jesus did this (and
other) miracles, we can trust that He has the power to protect us when we are in scary or
OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Find Mark 4:35-41
· Today’s story is about Jesus calming the storm while in a boat in the middle of a sea. If you
have a boat toy, it would be a great object to show while teaching this lesson. Break down
the lesson by verses and ask these questions, then use the discussion questions below (in
Student section) to dig in deeper.
- Verses 35 – 37: Why were Jesus and His disciples in the boat? (crossing the sea) What
started to happen? (a storm)
- Verse 38: What was Jesus doing? (sleeping) How did the disciples react? (they got
scared and woke Jesus up with questions)
- Verse 39: What did Jesus do? (rebuked or fussed at the wind and sea to stop). What
happened? (everything became calm)
- Verse 40: What did Jesus say to the disciples? (asked why they were afraid and asked
about their faith)
- Verse 41: How did the disciples respond to this miracle? (amazed)
· Check out the Discussion questions below.
· Optional science experiment to demonstrate faith over fear:
- In today’s story, the disciples had a lot of fear. Even though they knew Jesus could
perform miracles, they still didn’t completely trust Him to take care of them.
- Take two jars. Fill one jar with water and the other with baby oil or vegetable oil. The
jar with water represents a person who has fear because he/she doesn’t trust that
Jesus will care for him/her. The jar with oil represents a person who doesn’t have fear
because of their faith and trust in Jesus.
- Explain that the alka seltzer represents a scary or hard situation.
- Drop an alka seltzer in each jar. The jar with water will fizz and the one with oil will
- The fizzing in the jar with water demonstrates a life of chaos and no peace. The jar
with oil will not fizz and represents a life of faith. Even through hard times come, we
can handle them without fear because Jesus will help us through it.
SCRIPTURE MEMORY ACTIVITY for Mark 10:45:
· 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, toss a ball or stuffed animal as you say the verse.
- One person can toss it back and forth, hand to hand.
- One person can toss it in the air with just one hand.
- Bounce the ball as you say the verse.
- Toss the ball between 2 or more people as you say the 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. (YK, OK, S) Has there ever been a time where you had to trust Jesus like the disciples had to trust Jesus in the storm? (Examples could be any sort of hardship, difficulty, or struggle).
· What did Jesus teach you during that “storm”? (Jesus is in control, Jesus is bigger than our problems, Jesus loves us and takes care of us, etc.)
3. (YK, OK, S) If Jesus has the power to calm storms, what does that say about Jesus? (That Jesus has power over creation, and is God the Creator – Colossians 1:16, John 1:3.)
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.