Bible Passage: Mark 1
Story Point: Jesus’ miracles helped people
Key Passage: John 3:16
Show videos: There is a video for Early Childhood, and one for Elementary. If you have children in both age groups, show both!
Discussion Time: Follow up with the following questions. Answers are provided, but first see what your child comes up with.
Early Childhood 2-5 years old:
- What did Jesus do for people who were sick? (He healed them.)
- When did Jesus go out by Himself to pray? (early in the morning)
- Where did Jesus want to go so He could preach more? (nearby villages; through the land)
- Does Jesus care about people? (Yes!)
- What makes people special? People are special because God made us in His image.
Elementary 1st-5th Grade:
- Where was the synagogue in which Jesus taught? (Capernaum, Mark 1:21)
- Why did Jesus say He came? (to teach, Mark 1:38)
- Why did Jesus heal the man with leprosy? (Jesus had compassion on him, Mark 1:41)
- What do these miracles show about Jesus? Guide kids to discuss Jesus’ power as God’s Son. Jesus had authority over evil spirits and over the sickness people faced. We also see Jesus’ love and kindness toward people. Jesus meets physical needs and spiritual needs.
- Why was Jesus’ preaching more important than His miracles? Help kids understand that Jesus’ miracles helped to show His power and authority, but the purpose was to support the truth of His teaching. A person healed of a sickness might later become sick again and is still spiritually dead in sin. A person who understands Jesus’ teaching and has faith in His death and resurrection is forgiven and gains eternal life.
- How can we be like Jesus? Discuss Jesus’ compassion, kindness, and preaching. Help kids see that we can show God’s love in the way we treat others. Explain that our love and kindness will help support the message of truth wen we share the gospel. Actions may “speak louder” than words, but words are still essential for explaining the gospel.
Supplies: pencils and crayons, paper
Distribute a sheet of paper to each child. Ask the kids to write about or draw a picture to answer the following questions:
- What does this story teach me about God or about the gospel?
- What does this story teach me about myself?
- Whom can I tell about this story?