Connect with the Word | Week of 06.28.20
Sermon Title: “What Jesus Can Give You”
Sermon Text: Mark 6:30-44
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: We need to stay mindful of our spiritual blessings. We get a lot from Jesus!
· 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 perform miracles. (Mark 6:35-40)
· Use one cracker to illustrate not having enough food for everyone in your home.
· Ask your child, would this cracker be enough for you, mom, dad, brother, etc? (no)
· How can I make this cracker be enough to feed everyone here? (nothing I can do. I can not
make more crackers, I can’t make it bigger, etc)
· Jesus cared about the people who had gathered to hear him teach.
· When Jesus said to feed the people, a little boy gave his two fish and 5 bread loaves.
· Did the boy have enough food for all the people? (no-just like the example of one cracker)
· What did Jesus do? (broke the bread and fed the people)
· When Jesus took the small amount of bread and fish, he performed a miracle by making
the bread multiply. Explain means to increase the amount of something. Jesus can
KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: Jesus cares about our physical and spiritual needs.
Bible passages: Mark 6:30-44, Mark 10:45
Video Length: 7:52
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 cares about our physical and spiritual needs.
· Piece of paper
· Post-it notes for Scripture Memory activity
· 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 fed the 5000 with just two fish and five loaves of
bread. Because Jesus did this (and other) miracles, we learn that Jesus cares for our
physical and spiritual needs.
· Take a piece of paper and count the corners. (There are 4 corners) Using scissors, cut off
one corner. How many “corners” are there now? (5) Continue cutting corners and
· Discuss: The number of “corners” increased as the paper decreased. In today’s story, Jesus
multiplied the fish and the loaves by breaking them apart and sharing them with the
OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Find Mark 6:30-44
· Today’s story is about Jesus feeding a LOT of people with just two fish and five loaves of
bread. This is one of many miracles that Jesus performed. He cares about our physical
needs (hunger) as well as our spiritual needs (sin). We don’t want to lose the
awesomeness of these miracles. Through these miracles, Jesus proved that He was God’s
· Spend some time with your child reading through the verses in this story. Here are some
things you might want to stop and discuss:
- v. 34 – Jesus is compassionate. He cares about our needs.
- vs. 35-39 – Jesus was preparing the disciples for the miracle. - v. 41 – In dividing
the food, Jesus was actually multiplying the food.
- v. 42 – “Everyone was satisfied”, which demonstrates that everyone was able to eat as
much as they wanted.
- v. 43 – Twelve baskets from one basket! Only Jesus could do that!
- v. 44 – There were 5000 men, but also women and children, which means there were
· Jesus cares about us! He wants to help us with our physical needs, as demonstrated
through this miracle.
· Jesus also cares about our spiritual needs. We are in need of a Savior. Jesus was 100%
man and 100% God. He never sinned. Because He never sinned, He was able to take our
place on the cross. He paid the ransom for us. This week’s memory verse ties directly into
this truth. Spend some time learning it as a family.
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, write the words of the memory verse on post-it notes (or use the ones provided by TBC). There are several ways you can use this resource to memorize the verse:
- Stick the words randomly on a wall. Make a game
of trying to put the words in order. Who can do it
- Put the post-it notes on a wall in your home.
Read the verse together. Take one away and read
it again. Continue taking one away until you have
memorized the entire verse.
- Do the same activity, but remove one post-it note each day. Spend the next two
weeks slowly memorizing 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) Pastor Patrick spoke about the “spiritual rest” Jesus gives in Mark 6:30-31. What is spiritual rest?(Spiritual rest means obeying and following the sabbath. See Exodus 20:8-11. Practically, this looks like stepping away from work and play to rest, relax, and allow God to refresh your soul.)
· Why is rest important? (Most believers are very familiar with the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20. We can easily explain why each commandment is important and how we should obey it. When it comes to the fourth commandment (Ex 20:8-11), we often do not highlight it as much as others. However, not taking rest, or obeying the sabbath, can drain your soul. We were designed needing rest—it is good for us! Don’t ignore your body and soul. Make sure you rest, or it will cost you greatly.)
· How often do you practice spiritual rest?
· How is rest an act of faith? Is a lack of faith the reason you do not rest? (Pastor Patrick drew the conclusion that resting is faith because you are believing God will take care of what you are not doing. i.e. choosing to rest instead of work.)
3. (YK, OK, S) In Mark 6:34, we read where Jesus had compassion for the large crowd because they were “like sheep without a shepherd.” Let’s focus in on the compassion (love) Jesus had. Do you believe Jesus loves you? Why or why not? (People who believe Jesus loves them are changed by that knowledge. The same is true in relationships. A married person does certain things because of the love he or she has for his or her spouse. A parent provides and cares for his or her child because of love. This question may bring up some deep seeded doubt in one’s life, so be patient with and sensitive of others.)
· Do you love others like Jesus loves you? (This is a mark of a true believers. See John 13:34-35.)
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.