Explore the Bible at Home - Week of March 24

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Dear Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians,

Mark 4:1-20, often referred to as the "Parable of the Sower," provided the text for our study in Fellowship Denver Kids on 3/24. Jesus told the large crowd gathered around him as story that said: A farmer went out to sow his seed. The seed landed on four different types of soil. The type of soil determined the growth of the seed.

Jesus then explained to his disciples that our hearts are like the soil and the seed is like God’s Word. This week, take some time to review the Bible story and discuss what type of soil your heart is. Do you allow God’s Word to be quickly snatched from you by the Enemy? Does His Word initially produce growth, but you fail to allow it to root deeply enough to withstand tough times? Is His Word choked out by the worries of the world or wealth? Or does God’s Word take hold of your heart, sink deeply in, and flourish, producing a great harvest? God’s Word can transform our hearts and our minds when we willingly receive it. Continue the conversations we began on Sunday through the week at home using the Explore the Bible at Home sheet.

Older Kids Text Truth: God’s Word transforms our hearts and minds.

Younger Kids Text Truth: God’s Word changes us.

The Parable of the Sower, Mark 4:1-20

One day Jesus got into a boat and sat down. The large crowd stood on the shore to listen to Him teach. Jesus began to teach the people a parable. 

“A man went to his field to sow some seed. Some of the seed landed on the path and the birds ate the seed. Some of the seed landed on rocky soil that wasn’t very deep. The seed quickly grew, but it did not have a good root. When the sun came out, the plant wilted. Other seed landed among the thorns and the thorns choked the seed. Yet, some of the seed landed in the good soil. The seed grew and produced a very good crop with lots of fruit.” 

Jesus’ disciples were confused and asked Jesus, “Why do you tell the people parables?”

Jesus explained that some of the people did not have hearts that really wanted to hear and understand about the kingdom of God. These people would not understand the parables. But others had hearts that were very willing to learn and eager to hear about the kingdom of God. These people would understand the truths the parables taught. 

Then Jesus explained that when someone hears the Word of God and doesn’t understand it because Satan comes and takes it away from them, he is like the seed that landed on the path. The person who hears God’s Word, rejoices in it, but doesn’t develop a good root is like the seed on the rocky soil. When he is faced with persecution or pressure, he does not have the strength to stand strong. The person who hears the Word of God but is distracted by the worries of the world and wealth is like the seed that landed in the thorns. The seed is choked out. The seed that landed in good soil and grows is like the person who hears God’s Word and understands it. He grows and produces much fruit.

- Autumn