Connect with the Word | Week of 04.19.20
Updated: Apr 22
Sermon Title: “Responding to the Resurrection”
Sermon Text: Mark 16:12-20
The Main Idea from Pastor Patrick’s Message: We must make sure we have the right response to the resurrection.
· 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 discussions!
-Adapt as necessary to fit your family’s unique needs. Use some or all of these resources.
· For better discussion, remember to ask open-ended questions (avoid yes/no questions).
· Have FUN connecting with your family & with God’s Word.
Main Idea for Preschoolers: Tell others about Jesus! Mark 16:12-20
· Remind your child that Jesus died, but came back to life!
· We know Jesus is alive because everything in the Bible is true, and many people saw Him alive.
· Because Jesus is alive, he wants us to tell others about HIM.
· WHO can you tell about Jesus? (friends, neighbors, cousins)
· HOW can you tell people about Jesus? Be creative.
-Draw pictures to leave on neighbor’s porch, in the mailbox for the mail carrier, mail a picture/note to someone, send a video message, download the coloring page, decorate & mail to someone. Click here for the coloring page.
· We can tell people about Jesus by how we behave. When we show kindness, love, obedience to others, we can tell them about Jesus.
· Learn the verse “Tell people about Jesus” Matthew 28:19 by adding hand motions.
-Tell (cup hands around mouth as shouting), people (point to someone), about Jesus (use sign language for “Jesus,” by touching one finger to palm of other hand, then repeat on other hand).
KIDS VIDEO (suggested for 1st-5th graders):
Main Idea for Kids: We should tell others about Jesus!
Bible story: Matthew 28:18-20 & Mark 16:15, 19
Video Length: 10:00
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: We should tell others about Jesus!
· Plain paper
· Dominos (optional)
Bible Study Introduction:
· Last week was Easter! We discussed the amazing true story of Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and resurrection!
· What do we do next? How do we respond to the news that Jesus is alive?!
Read Matthew 28:19-20
· Explain that after Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus spoke to many people.
· Before Jesus went to heaven, He told His disciples to do something very import: tell others about Him!
· This passage is called the Great Commission. Jesus tells us to live “on mission” and tell others about Him.
· Explain that each of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) tell us about what Jesus did before He went to heaven. (Parents, this would be a great opportunity for your family to compare and contrast the different gospel accounts.)
Read Mark 16:15
· Explain that this verse tells us the same thing, but with different words, because it is a very important message!
· We must take every opportunity to tell others about Jesus.
Read Mark 16:19
o What happened to Jesus next? (He was taken up to heaven.)
o Why did Jesus have to go to heaven? (So that the Holy Spirit could come.)
· Parents, if you want to dig deeper, spend some time reading and discussing Acts 1:3-11.
DOMINO DEMONSTRATION (optional):
· Take two dominos. Explain that one domino represents someone who knows Jesus and the other one represents a non-believer.
· Stack several dominos in a row between the two “people” dominos.
· Explain that when use our words to tell others about Jesus, we don’t know how God will use those words. We could tell someone about Jesus and that person could then tell another person about Jesus. Eventually, if everyone is following Jesus’ command and telling others about Him, the Good News will eventually get to the person that doesn’t know about Jesus.
· Tap the domino that represents the person who knows Jesus so that all the dominos knock over, including the one that represents the non-believer.
· What is the main point? (We never know who we can reach when we tell others about Jesus.)
PAPER AIRPLANE ACTIVITY:
· Remind your child that Jesus was taken up to heaven after telling His disciples to tell everyone about Him.
· Explain that they can use this paper plane activity to tell others about Jesus and heaven.
· Fold a piece of paper into a paper airplane following these directions or watch Rebecca’s video (see above).
· After you make the airplane, discuss whether or not an airplane can get to heaven. (No.)
· Tear along the folds for the wings as explained in demonstration.
· Unfold remaining paper once to reveal a rocket. Discuss whether or not a rocket can get to heaven. (No.)
· Ask: If an airplane can’t get you to heaven and a rocket can’t get you to heaven, how do we get to heaven? Unfold the rest of the paper to reveal a paper cross. (The only way to heaven is through a relationship with Jesus. See John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 3:22.)
Check out other Discussion questions below and close with 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) Parents, please share with your children how you came to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. Explain how the Gospel was shared with you and why you are thankful for the person who shared with you. (If you have questions about your relationship with Jesus, please feel free to reach out to our church at tabernaclebaptist.org/connect. We would love to help you!)
· Have you shared the Gospel lately? How was it received? (We need to be held accountable for how often we are sharing the Gospel. Parents should hold their children accountable and vice-a-versa.)
· What challenges have you faced when sharing the Gospel? How did you overcome these challenges? (There will always be challenges when sharing the Gospel. It can be awkward, intense, defeating, etc. We have two options when challenged while sharing the Gospel: shrink back in fear or overcome by the power of Spirit in us. Read Acts 1:8 and remind your children of the role the Spirit plays while sharing the Gospel.)
· We are commanded to make disciples. How have you obeyed this command? Who are you currently discipling? (Parents, you should prioritize discipling your children. This season may be a great opportunity for you to do so. It has been stated, “Your greatest contribution to the Kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise.” Additionally, believers are commanded to make disciples outside of their families. Parents have a great opportunity to model this for their children. There is no age stamp on discipling others; thus, your children who are believers should be discipling others as well.)
3. (S only) Pastor Patrick warned believers to be on guard against spiritual hardness (Mark 16:12-14). Ask your children if they understand what spiritual hardness means.
· Have you ever had a season when you felt distanced from the Lord? Have you ever doubted the Lord and what He is doing in your life? What did you do to draw nearer to the Lord? (Parents should start off answering these questions. Don’t be afraid to share your doubts, even if you are currently struggling with trusting the Lord. Encourage your children to share their struggles and help them seek the Lord.)
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.