We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.
Background: This past Sunday we learned about a parable that Jesus told about a farmer. The farmer went out to scatter his seeds. Some of his seeds fell onto the path. But a path is not a good place for seeds to grow! Birds came and ate up all the seeds. Some seeds fell on rocky soil. But rocky soil isn’t good for growing seeds either. Some of the seeds began to grow, but when the hot sun shone on them, they withered and died. The farmer then scattered seeds among some thorns. Again, some sprouted but were soon choked out by the thorns and died. Finally the farmer scattered seeds on good, rich soil. The seeds sprouted and grew, and yielded a great crop for the farmer!
Opening/Ice Breaker: Have you ever planted a garden? What are things you need? What is the best type of soil for plants to grow?
Read Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23
- Which seeds sprouted quickly, but they did not have any roots? (seeds on rocky ground)
- What other plants kept these seeds from growing? (thorns)
- Which seeds grew and produced a crop? (seeds on good ground)
- What are people like who don’t understand the truth about God’s kingdom. (seeds on the path)
- Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.
Prayer: God we thank you for parables. We thank you for the kingdom of God. We pray that we can experience life like the seed planted on good soil. Thank you for your many blessings. Amen.
REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.
Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus tell parables? Jesus told parables to teach people about God and His kingdom.
Memory Verse: When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 22 - Session 1