Family Worship Guide March 20-24

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 Day 1

Theme

The Plant

Scripture

Mark 11:11-21 "And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it.  When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves."

Discussion

The parable of the fig tree is a metaphor to describe what was going on in the heart of the Israelites.  Even though on the outside the fig tree appeared normal, it was not bearing any fruit.  When Jesus went to the temple the day before, he found it filled with people very busy, but the temple was void of any meaningful growth or spiritual fruit.  What are ways that we are busying ourselves with religious activity, but not developing a true relationship with Jesus?

For Parents

Talk with your children about having a real relationship with Jesus.  This means obeying scripture and trusting that the Lord will give you growth.  How are you honoring Jesus?  Are you quick to obey?  Do you often shift the blame to another person, or do you confess your mistakes?  Trusting Jesus means that you are constantly repenting and turning from your sins.

Prayer

God,

Forgive us when we busy ourselves with religion and miss out on an intimate relationship with you.  Help us to learn from the Israelites and repent when we display leaves but no fruit in our lives.  We love you and desire to have pure hearts that beat for Jesus!

Song

"Jesus"

Chris Tomlin

 

Day 2

Theme

The Protest

Scripture

Mark 11:17 “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’? But you have made it a den of robbers.”

Discussion

The temple was supposed to be a place that people could find God.  The leaders had created a "hectic market-place" inside of the temple, with tons of buying and selling of animals to be sacrificed, but they had lost sight of the real purpose of the temple: namely, communion with God. The focus was on themselves and not helping others encounter God.  When Jesus confronted their broken worship, the people did not respond in repentance.  Instead, they saw Jesus as a challenge to their authority.  How will you respond when Jesus comes into your life, turning over tables, exposing your sin?  Will your repent and submit to the authority of Jesus, or will you be like the Pharisees?

For Parents

Talk with your child about repentance and what it means to turn from your sins.  Identify specific sins that each child may struggle with and role play what it would look like for them to repent after sinning.

Prayer

Father,

Thank you that Jesus did not turn a blind eye toward sin. Thank you that Jesus is serious about sin because he loves and cares for us.  Jesus desires to be in close relationship with us, and that means turning from our sins and trusting that God will forgive us.

Song

"Jesus Is Better"

Austin Stone Kids Worship

 

Day 3

Theme

The Parable

Scripture

Mark 12:1-12

Discussion

From the parable, we learn the difference between fruitless religion and true religion.  When religion becomes about you, you will lose sight that your life belongs to God, and you will try to make it about yourself. Inevitably, you will end up rejecting Jesus.  Our lives belong to God; therefore, we don't get to write our own rules.  Jesus is the way to God.  He is the cornerstone. We must build our lives on Him.  This is where we will find true JOY!

For Parents

Discuss the parable with your children.  Explain that Jesus many times used parables or stories to teach the disciples. Talk to your children about how their lives belong to God. Talk to them about what it means to make Jesus "the cornerstone" of their life. He is the one we build our lives on.

Prayer

Father,

We thank you that you made a way for us to live forever with you through Jesus.  We thank you that he is our cornerstone, the One we build our lives on.  Through him we worship you and know you. We pray that everyday we would anchor our lives upon him. We want Jesus to guide our decisions and actions.  Jesus, have your way with our family.  We love you!

Song

"Cornerstone"

Hillsong Worship