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Sunday, October 1st in Early Childhood KidzTown

Unit 24, Session 2: Jesus Has Power Over Evil (Mark 5:1-20) 
     Jesus has power over evil. Praise God! We approached this lesson carefully this week, as it had the potential to be intense. We wanted to be cautious not to scare the kids, but we also didn’t want to water down scripture or the important message that Jesus is all-powerful. 
     No one could have anticipated how relevant this lesson would be in light of the horrific events that took place Sunday night in Las Vegas. Many of us are shielding our young one’s eyes and ears from the news. Despite our best efforts, some of us may be working through some tough questions from our children. This week’s lesson offers us hope -- Jesus has power over sickness, sin, evil, and death!

 UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Psalm 103:2-3 Praise the Lord, my soul, … who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.

BIBLE STORY POINTS:

  • Jesus heals people <-- Main Point for Babies & Toddlers
  • Jesus healed a man with many evil spirits <-- Main point for Preschool & Pre-K
  • Jesus told the man to tell everyone what God did
  • Jesus has power because He is God’s Son

 BIBLE STORY DETAILS: Jesus had enemies. In the midst of His public ministry, the Jewish religious leaders began plotting to kill Him. (See Mark 3:6.) So one day, Jesus went to a land on the east side of the Sea of Galilee where Gentiles lived. Jesus’ mission to the Gentiles was not a backup plan after the Jews rejected Him; when Jesus was an infant, Simeon prophesied that His work would be for all people—both Jews and Gentiles. (See Luke 2:30-32.)

 In that land was a man who needed help. An evil spirit was inside the man, and he suffered greatly. The people had tried to control the man by tying him up with chains, but the man broke free. So he lived alone in the tombs, crying out day and night.

 When Jesus stepped ashore, the man ran to Him and kneeled down. Jesus commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many evil spirits were in the man, and Jesus gave the evil spirits permission to go into a herd of pigs. They did, and the man was healed.

 The healed man wanted to follow Jesus, but Jesus told the man to go home to his own people and tell what the Lord had done for him. The man obeyed Jesus. He testified to the cities in that area about the Lord’s mercy, and the Gentiles were amazed.

 Jesus is Lord over all things, good and evil. In His teaching, Jesus said, “If I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you” (Matt. 12:28). Jesus—as well as the Bible—is clear that Satan exists, and he and the demons work against God and His purposes.

 CHRIST CONNECTION: Only Jesus had the strength to control the man with the evil spirits. Jesus has power over evil, and He used His power to free the man. He has power over everything. Jesus came to earth to destroy the Devil by dying on the cross. One day, Jesus will end evil forever.

ACTIVITY IDEA:  Ask your kids the big picture question and have them repeat the answer with you a few times. Discuss the story in a developmentally appropriate way. One way you could do that is to read the Bible Story Details and Christ Connection. Then, discuss these review questions that we used on Sunday:

  • What was wrong with the man from the cave? He had bad spirits inside of him that made him hurt himself and others
  • Could other people control the man? No, they tried to use chains but he broke them
  • Where did the bad/evil spirits go when Jesus sent them out of the man? Into a herd of pigs
  • What did Jesus tell the man to do? Go home and tell everyone that Jesus had healed him
  • What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness and death. He has power over evil. Jesus came to earth to free people from the power of sin. That includes you and me!

Review your child’s “Jesus is Stronger” book from this Sunday or make a new one together:

  • Help your child think of something or someone that Jesus is stronger than. Guide him/her to draw their idea on a sheet of paper and write the name of the object at the bottom.
  • Repeat until they have three drawings.
  • Stack the drawings up and write “Jesus is Stronger” as a cover sheet on the top.
  • Staple the papers together and encourage your child to read their books to a family member or friend.
  • Say: Jesus is strongest of all! We do not need to be afraid of anything because Jesus has power over everything and He loves us!

End by stating the Key Passage (Psalm 103:2-3) together a few times.

Want more ideas of how to use this information with your family during the week? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional

NEXT WEEK: “Jesus Healed a Woman and Raised a Girl” (Mark 5:21-43)

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Sunday, September 24 in Elementary KidzTown

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Key Passage: Matthew 13:11 (K-2nd grade) or Matthew 13:10-11 (3rd-5th grade)

Big Picture Question: Who is invited to the kingdom of heaven? Everyone is invited to the kingdom of heaven, but few will choose to come.

Christ Connection: Salvation is a free gift. We can’t earn our way into heaven. Jesus did all the work when He died for our sins on the cross. Jesus invites us to join Him in heaven—the great wedding feast. When we receive His invitation, Jesus gets us ready by clothing us in His righteousness.

Dear Parents,

 This week in The Gospel Project® for Kids, kids will learn about the parable of the wedding feast. Jesus’ parable of the wedding feast is more than a simple story about a king’s rude guests. The parable reveals the King (God the Father) who seeks to honor His Son (Jesus) with a banquet. Though many people are invited to the kingdom of heaven, few will choose to come.

 When Jesus told this parable, He had been teaching for three years. Many people who heard Jesus opposed Him, including the religious leaders. It was to this audience that Jesus told such a shocking story in which the attitudes and actions of the people who rejected the king’s invitation clearly paralleled the religious leaders.

 In the parable, the religious leaders are represented by the guests who refused to come to the wedding banquet. They had been invited, but when the king’s servants told them the feast was ready, they did not want to come. Instead, they went about their lives—to their farms and businesses. Some of them even killed the king’s messengers!

 What an insult to the king! These people had turned down an invitation to the most wonderful and joyous event they could imagine. The king would have given His best to honor his son, and the king reacted justly. He punished those who rejected him and invited others instead—those not in the city, both the good and the bad.

 Likewise, God invites Gentiles into His kingdom. No one is refused based on his or her economic or social standing. The King Himself provides the required attire—robes of righteousness, like those given to Joshua the high priest. (See Zech. 3:3-4.) The King rejects those who try to come by their own merit—in their own clothes—as the man without wedding clothes did.

 Salvation is a free gift. We can’t earn our way into heaven. Jesus did all the work when He died for our sins on the cross. This story reminds us that we need to be clothed in Christ's righteousness. Jesus invites us to join Him in heaven—the great wedding feast. When we receive His invitation, Jesus gets us ready by clothing us in His righteousness.

Activity: Invite kids to list below names of friends or family members they would like to invite to a party. Review the parable of the wedding feast in Matthew 22:1-14. Ask kids how they would feel if their guests refused to come to the party. Remind kids of the big picture question and answer. Pray that they, their friends, and family members would receive Jesus’ invitation to the kingdom of heaven.

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