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god’s son Super strong


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god’s son Super strong


SCHOOL

TEACHING MATERIAL

OVERVIEW

Jesus is presented to us in Mark 4-7 as super strong. Even the most terrifying things do not rattle him. Those around him move from being fearful of nature, evil, sickness and death to standing in fear and awe of Jesus. “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”, cry the disciples in 4:41. It is important to note, however, it is not his physical strength that is powerful, but His words. His words calm the waters, his words free the man from Legion, his words heal and his words give life.

It’s no wonder that in Mark 8, Peter rejects the notion of Jesus suffering and dying. It doesn’t fit with what he’s experienced so far or his victorious notion of the Christ. But Mark 15-16 shows us Jesus’ ultimate strength as he dies upon the cross. The curtain in the temple is torn in two and three days later Jesus rises to new life, indicating that the ransom has been paid and sin has been defeated. This time it is His actions that are powerful.

Jesus is powerful: in words AND deeds.

This is a wonderful but challenging message to be taking to the city of Newcastle in 2020. May many hundreds of people respond like the demon possessed man from chapter 5 who was healed and then responded with radical faith and obedience!

This year all kids will be learning the same things about Jesus, sometimes using different examples of His strength, but still with the same goal in mind – to show kids that:

  • Jesus is God,

  • He is strong enough to take ALL our sin on His shoulders, and

  • He still rises triumphant over sin.

Therefore,

  • We can trust and believe in Jesus (faith).

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Day 1


Day 1


Calming the Storm

READ: Mark 4:35-41

Key Idea

  • Jesus is stronger than the wind and the waves.

  • Jesus’ words are powerful.

  • Jesus uses His power for good.

Application

  • Jesus is to be awed.

  • Jesus can be trusted.

Context

This is a mighty display of power, no wonder the disciples were afraid!

Jesus uses His power for good because He loves us and wants us to trust Him.

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Day 2


Day 2


 Jesus Frees a Possessed Man

READ: Mark 5:1-20

Key Ideas

  • Jesus is stronger than the strongest man.

  • Jesus' words are powerful.

  • Jesus has authority over evil spirits.

  • Jesus uses His power for good because He is merciful.

Application

  • Jesus can free us from our struggles so we can be obedient to Him.

  • Jesus wants us to tell others about His mercy.

For consideration

Different kids will have different levels of self-awareness. We all struggle with selfishness, it just manifests itself differently. Some will struggle with sharing, wanting to be popular, being negative, always wanting to win, pride, arguing, the list goes on....

While some behaviour can be explained due to environmental factors (eg, lack of attention at home), we all have a craving to be loved and be freed from that which prevents us to serve our creator.

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Day 3


Day 3


Jesus Heals

READ: Mark 1:40-45, 2:1-12, 3:1-5, 5:24b-34, 7:31-37, 8:22-26, 10:46-52

Key Ideas

  • Jesus is stronger than sickness & disease.

  • Jesus' words are powerful.

  • Jesus uses His power for good because He is compassionate.

Application

  • Faith in Jesus is an appropriate response.

  • Jesus will restore us with heavenly bodies (1 Cor 15). We don't know what they'll look like, but they'll be glorious!

For consideration

Jesus has great compassion on those He heals. Just because doesn't heal us (or someone close to us) does not mean He doesn't love us. These healings were used to reinforce his claim as God's son and His power over all things.

God can and does heal people on Earth through prayer today, but doesn't promise to do so. Those who trust and believe in His resurrection and return can look forward to restored bodies. 1 Thess 4:13-18 is a good description of Jesus' return where 'the dead in Christ will rise first.' 1 Cor 15 also helps to understand this.

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Day 4


Day 4


Jesus Raises Jairus' Daughter

READ: Mark 5:21-24, 35-43

Key Ideas

  • Jesus is stronger than death.

  • Jesus' words are powerful.

  • Jesus uses His power for good because He is wise.

Application

  • We can trust Jesus because He knows what is best for us.

  • Jesus wants us to trust and believe in Him. 5:36b "Don't be afraid; just believe".

For consideration

The people thought they knew better than Jesus, even laughing at him!

Jesus knows way more than we will ever know. This week should serve well at getting Jesus out of the 'box' we put Him in and show Him for what He really is - powerful, sovereign, almighty, wise, loving, merciful, compassionate, just - glorious.

John 14:1-4 looks at great promises by Jesus we can trust and believe.

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Day 5


Day 5


Jesus Died for Us

READ: Mark 15:1-16:8, 1 Peter 2:22-24, 2 Cor 5:20b-21

Key Ideas

  • Jesus is stronger than sin.

  • Jesus' death atones our sin.

  • Jesus' resurrection is His victory.

  • Jesus' actions are powerful.

  • Jesus uses His power for good because He is loving.

Application

We've been freed from God's judgement when we have faith in Him.
Have faith - put your trust in Jesus for your eternity.

Faith – to trust and believe in Jesus

TrustinG

  • He is God’s son,

  • He has power over the universe,

  • He had no sin,

  • His death was undeserved but willingly taken for my sins,

  • His resurrection is real and He is in heaven.

Believing

  • He is in heaven preparing a place for us,

  • He will come back to take those who trust in Him to heaven,

  • He has given us his spirit to help us until that time.