Beulah Land: Parable of the Sower
- Memory Verse: But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33
- Summary: For the last several weeks, your child has learned about some of Jesus’ miracles. Today we are turning our Lenten journey to parables. We will begin with a parable told in three Gospels (Mark 4, Matthew 13, and Luke 8). It is the parable of a farmer who plants seeds– with four different outcomes. Scripture does not always give us an explanation for parables. This one, however, is one parable that Jesus explained to the disciples. I wonder why that is?
- I Wonder… : why the sower threw seeds into so many different types of ground? if he thought he was wasting the seed? if the people knew the story was about more than just seeds? what else they thought the story was about? what it means to hear the story and let it change you?
- Follow up Ideas: Plant some seeds! Take a walk together to examine the types of soil you find. Put both of those activities together to see what happens when you put seed in different types of soil.
Godly Play I & II: Faces of Easter III
- Memory Verse: And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17
- Summary: We are three Sundays into Lent, the season in which we prepare for Easter. We are using a set of stories that walk through the life of Christ. Today’s lesson focuses on the baptism of Jesus by his cousin, John the Baptist. This is the first account we have of adult Jesus in Scripture.
- I Wonder…: if anyone in our family has been baptized? if this story reminded you of any other stories? why God told everyone that he was pleased with Jesus?
- Additional Followup: This might be a good time to revisit the topic of baptism. Talk about your child’s baptism or your own. You can talk more about John the Baptist. Look up pictures of the Jordan River. You can also talk about the presence of Trinity– God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. That is something to really wonder about!