Sometimes You Wear Waders To Make A Point

Last week Wednesday we had a great time celebrating the kick off of reading the Mark gospel together. Both preschool and elementary children learned what it means to be a follower of Christ. Preschoolers in particular talked about why it is important to read the Bible and remember the stories.

If you still need to pick up the Mark Family Guide, they are around the education building.

May 6: Mark 3:1-19

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Jesus is more interested in helping people than blindly following rules.
  • Jesus was becoming a “celebrity”; people were coming from far away to see him.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Verse 11 says that all unclean spirits (or demons) knew Jesus was the son of God. Why do you think people didn’t recognize this, even though they were obviously very interested in his miracles?

May 7: Mark 3:20-35

Today’s Takeaways:

  • We can know Jesus is from God because he is against the devil – a house divided against itself will not be able to stand.
  • Anyone who does God’s will is a member of God’s family and is therefore your brother/sister/mother/father.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Verse 21 says that Jesus’ family thought he was crazy and they were trying to restrain him. In Matthew, Jesus said that a prophet will never be honored in his hometown. Why do you think that people are less likely to believe that their family members or close friends are capable of change or able do something special?

May 8: Mark 4:1-20

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Just because we are excited about Jesus today doesn’t mean our faith will last for the long haul. Lasting faith requires good soil and strong roots.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Are you a seed planted on rocky ground? Planted among thorns? Or planted in good soil?  Why do you think so?  What can you do to make sure it’s in good soil?

May 9: Mark 4:21-34

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Jesus often uses farm and agricultural references to explain his points because he was living in a rural society. He was talking to farmers and fishermen. We should keep that in mind when we interpret his parables.
  • God’s kingdom grows on its own. Our job is to plant the seed of faith and no matter how small that seed may be, God can turn it into anything he pleases.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Verses 33-34 say that Jesus only spoke in parables. Does that remind you of the way God speaks through prophets in the Old Testament? Why do you think God prefers to speak to us through parables and metaphors?

May 10: Mark 4:35-41

Today’s Takeaways:

  • Jesus had authority over natural, as well as spiritual, phenomena.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Why do you think Jesus equates being afraid with having no faith? How can we compare the disciples’ fear of the storm with Jesus being sound asleep?

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