Seeds and the Soil

Seeds and the Soil

 (Bible Overview #41 of 54)

One Main Truth: God desires His children to listen, obey, and practice God’s truth

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1 GAME: The Rocky Race

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  A Heavy Rock Slowed the Runners in the Game / In the Bible Rocky Soil Brings No Fruit / Our Lives Bring Success, Fruit, when we Listen, Obey, and Practice God’s Truth in our Life

  1. Divide players into teams.
    2. Explain you will run a relay race, one player runs, comes back gives a “high five” to the next player, then the runner will have a seat at the end of the line. Play until all players are sitting down.  Declare the winner.
    3. Announce that the next round the winners will have a heavy object, (large rock or box, or chair) that they will carry and pass to the next player. Tell them this will make the race fair for the other players.
    4. Run the race again. Congratulate the new winning team. Give the new winning team the heavy object and continue to play.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Luke 11

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:    A Heavy Rock Slowed the Runners in the Game / In the Bible Rocky Soil Brings No Fruit / Our Lives Bring Success, Fruit, when we Listen, Obey, and Practice God’s Truth in our Life

Rules for Good Behavior:  We see rules everywhere. We are reminded to behave properly as we live in a civil society. We have school rules, office rules, road rules, bus and
train rules, construction rules, and many other rules.

What are our rules for living a good Christian life? These rules come from God’s word!  How do we understand and follow God’s rules?

Here is a beautiful parable told by Jesus.  

Once, a farmer went out to the field to plant seeds. He scattered the seeds on the entire field.  The seeds fell on different types of ground. 
Some seeds fell along hard pathways where birds came and ate them up.
Some fell on rocky places where there was not much soil. The seeds sprouted quickly but soon died in the heat as they did not take firm root.
Some other seeds fell among thorny plants.  They grew for some time, but the thorns choked the life out of the plants.
Some seeds fell on rich, fertile soil where they took root and produced many fruit.  

The seeds represent God’s word. We are the different types of ground.

The hard pathways are people whose heart is hardened by circumstances. These people hear God’s word but do not listen and understand.
The rocky places where there is not much soil, are people who are happy when they hear the Gospel. But, when a difficult or testing time comes, their little faith cannot hold, since they have no firm roots.
The thorny ground represents people who seem to receive the Gospel but worldly things like success and money become more important. They don’t give time to God. Their ambitions choke out the message of God.
The good soil represents people who hear, listen, understand and receive God’s word.  They live a life of growing faith in God. They nourish a good character. The spirit of God leads them. That is the result of having true faith in God. These people serve and honor God through their daily lives.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    A Heavy Rock Slowed the Runners in the Game / In the Bible Rocky Soil Brings No Fruit / Our Lives Bring Success, Fruit, when we Listen, Obey, and Practice God’s Truth in our Life

Memory Verse:   “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”   Luke. 11:28

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
Raise your hand if you and your team ran with the heavy object?
Was is easy to run with a heavy object?
Boys and girls the heavy object was like the hard soil, the rocky soil, and the weedy soil!  Bad soil brings NO GROWTH. Bad things in our lives like the heavy object slow us down and cause us to lose!

2. Bible
What did the seeds represent? (God’s word)
Describe the soil that had the best fruit? (good soil)
What does the soil represent? (our heart, our life)
Boys and girls our heart is good soil and God’s Word is the seed, God will do mighty things, growth and fruit, in your lives if you listen, obey, and share God’s truth.

3. Life
Repeat after me: “Dear God, please help my heart be soft, my life be open to know your truth, to know Your Words. What Bible verse can I memorize not to sin against You? *pause*. Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Ask the children to create their own list of ten rules for the club.  Discuss these rules as they share them.  Then, write them on chart paper.  Post the chart on the wall and ask them to check each other to follow the rules.

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