Connect with the Word | Week of 07.05.20
Sermon Title: “The Most Important Type of Freedom”
Sermon Text: Mark 10:46-52
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: We must be aware of how we can have spiritual freedom in 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 healed blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52)
· Bartimaeus could not see. Because he could not see, he could not work or do simple things. So, Bartimaeus would sit beside the road and beg people for money.
· Demonstrate blindness activity: Blindfold your child and ask them to build a tower with blocks.
· Ask, “was it difficult to build a tower without seeing?”
· God has given us eyes to see the world around us.
· Bartimaeus believed that Jesus could heal his eyes when he heard Jesus walking nearby.
· When Jesus heard Bartimaeus yell for him, he showed mercy (understanding/sympathy) and asked him to walk over.
· Jesus instantly healed Bartimaeus, and he could see!
· Jesus wants us to believe in him and follow him no matter what happens.
KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: Jesus cares for our physical and spiritual needs.
Bible passages: Mark 10:46-52, Mark 10:45
Video Length: 9:44
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 for our physical and spiritual needs.
· Piece of paper
· Small craft sticks for Scripture Memory activity
· Marker 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 healed the blind man. Because Jesus did this (and other) miracles, we learn that Jesus is the Son of God and that He cares for our physical and spiritual needs.
· Talk about how God created our eyes. They are amazing! Our two eyes work together to see the world around us.
· Take a piece of paper and roll it into a tube and hold the tube with one hand up to one eye.
· Hold up the other hand and focus your eyes on that hand. Slowly move the hand toward the tube.
· As the hand moves closer to the tube, your brain will think that there is a hole in your hand!!
· Move your hand back and forth and see the hole appear and disappear.
· This fun activity tricks our brain into seeing something that isn’t there. In today’s story, Jesus did not perform a trick. He performed a miracle. He healed a blind man who couldn’t see!
OPEN YOUR BIBLE. Find Mark 10:46-52
· Today’s story is about Jesus healing a blind man. This is one of many miracles that Jesus performed. He cares about our physical needs as well as our spiritual needs. Through these miracles, Jesus proved that He was God’s Son.
· 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. 46 – Explain that beggars were common in Jesus’ time. Without eyesight, Bartimaeus wouldn’t have been able to work and earn money for food.
-v. 47 – By calling Jesus the “Son of David,” Bartimaeus was claiming that Jesus was the Messiah!
-v. 48 – Discuss why some of the people told Bartimaeus to be quiet. Did they not want to bother Jesus? Was it because Jesus had told others not to reveal who He was?
-v. 49 – Even though the people told Bartimaeus to be quiet, they now encouraged him to go to Jesus.
-v. 50 – By throwing off his coat, Bartimaeus was leaving his old life behind. He was confident that Jesus could heal him.
-v. 51 – Jesus wants us to tell Him our needs, even though He already knows them. Bartimaeus was able to speak to Jesus. We can speak to Him through prayer.
-v. 52 – Not only did Jesus heal Bartimaeus (WOW!), but Bartimaeus immediately began to follow Him. When we encounter the Lord, our hearts are changed and we can’t help but worship Him!
· 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. When we don’t know or ignore Jesus, it’s just like being blind. We can’t see the truth. We are all 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 the craft sticks (or use the ones provided by TBC). There are several ways you can use this resource to memorize the verse:
-Shuffle the craft sticks and try to put them in order, like a puzzle.
-Once you put the verse in order, read it out loud. Then, take one away and read it again. Continue taking one away until you have memorized the entire 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) In his message, Pastor Patrick challenged us to not have a “small Jesus.” What is a small Jesus? How can someone have a small Jesus? Have you ever struggled in this area? (Some people have settled with a watered-down version of Jesus. They think and talk about Jesus on Sundays or during difficulties. Such lifestyles are missing out on the wonderful life Jesus calls His followers to!)
3. (YK, OK, S) Look at Mark 10:52 and read aloud. What saved the blind man? (Faith in Jesus saved him.)
-Why didn’t Jesus save the man based off of his character or for being a good man? (The Gospel is not about turning good people into better people; rather, it is turning sinful humans into followers of Jesus because of their faith.)
-The man was healed because of faith. Then, he followed Jesus. In this we are able to see how faith turned to action. How can you put your faith into action this week? How can your family put faith into action this 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.