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Activity + Discussion Guide:

Kids Week 5

Your Best Self | Message Series

Main Idea: Jesus wants me to be committed to him.

Introduction

Today, your kids hear the same parable that you have discussed with your life group. A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels. Jesus tells a story to show the ways that different people respond to hearing God’s word.

Share Your Story

You will read the scripture below and talk about what a picture would look like for the plants and seeds that fall on the different soils. Talk about how in your life you would could look more like the seed that fell on the fertile soil and produced crop that was multiplied.

Have every child grab the paper cross from their activity bag. Ask them to look closely at the cross and to make a guess about what is inside the paper. After they have made a guess or two, let them know that it is flower seeds! Ask them to explain what the seeds in this piece of paper need to grow into flowers. They may include things like: Light, Air, Water, Nutrients, and Space to grow.

Say: “Today we will hear a parable from Jesus. It is a simple story that will teach us a spiritual lesson about growing in our own faith. Let’s see what seeds have to do with the lesson today.”

(For later, save your seed paper and plant it to watch it grow into wildflowers!)

Hear God’s Story

Luke 8: 4 – 15

One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: “A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”

His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables to teach the others so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:

When they look, they won’t really see.
When they hear, they won’t understand.”

“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.

Create a New Story

    Say: “Just because someone hears the Word of God, it doesn’t mean he is going to stick with it, does it? We have the choice to be like the good soil, hearing and taking Jesus’ message to heart and living by it. Jesus doesn’t want us to just come to church services or just listen to God’s Word. Jesus wants us to stick to God’s Word and grow. Not only that, Jesus wants us to help one another to stay committed to God and his word.


    Today, you will use the provided supplies to decorate the picture frame. After you decorate it, complete the Memory verse activity below. Once you are finished, each child will have a picture that reminds them of this parable and verse. Hang it up somewhere that you will see it this week as a reminder to stay committed to growing your faith and relationship with Jesus.


    While you are decorating, get your child talking by asking them the following questions:


    “Who can help us stay committed to following Jesus?”
    “How can we encourage others that we know to stay committed to following Jesus?

Weekly Memory Verse Game: Luke 8:8  “Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Pass It Along:

You can really get creative with this memory verse game! Draw the nouns in the verse and show what the verse means. But don’t just think paper and pencils—use sidewalk chalk, computer design, or paint. Drawing and expressing creatively is a fabulous way to memorize a verse.
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