This first lesson of a series of four about the parable of the sower
will help the children discover how truly wonderful the Word of
God is, and how we must keep it close to our hearts with truth and understanding. We must not let the evil one snatch it away.
Bulletin Board Idea: Rise and Live for Jesus
KIDS ARRIVE (15 minutes)
or seven different types of seeds on the table. For example, you could have watermelon, orange, apple, grass, flower, acorn, and pumpkin.
As the children arrive, have them examine the seeds on the table,
and have them guess what types of seeds are displayed. Just before
class starts, tell the children what types of seeds are on the
table. Ask the kids how they think something as small as a watermelon
seed can grow into such a delicious fruit. How can an acorn planted
in the dirt and watered grow into an Oak tree?
One visitor, Mike, suggested that it would also be helpful to have
different types of soil available. You should place the variety of soils in separate cups and label them accordingly. For example, you might have cups labeled, “Good Soil,” “Rocks,” and “Sand.” Ask the children which soil would be best for
|OPENING PRAYER AND PRAISES
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|MEMORY WORK (6 minutes)
|The following verse tells us to go into the world and
plant some spiritual seeds.
into all the world and preach the good news to all creation"
|SCRIPTURE READING AND DISCUSSION
Today we will start a lesson series on the parable of the sower.
Sower is another name for farmer. We will follow four different
groups of seeds throughout this lesson series. We see that although
Jesus was speaking about seeds in the parable, the story really
applies to people. Today we will see how the seeds that fell on
the path are like people that have no interest in God.
(Parable of the Sower - seed that fell on the path)
Give each child a copy of the handout (Click
here for handout) or have the kids find Matthew 13:3-4,19 in
their Bibles. Ask for volunteers to read the passage or if you prefer,
read it aloud to the children yourself.
1. What does sow mean? What is another name for someone who sows
seeds? (plant, farmer)
2. In our story today, where did the seeds fall?
(on the path)
3. What happened to the seed that fell on the path?
(birds came and ate it up)
4. Will we get to heaven by just hearing the Good
News about Jesus? (no, we must receive the Good News, and then ask God to forgive
5. Does the evil one (Satan) try to steal God's message
from our hearts? (Yes!)
6. Why would the evil one want us to forget God's
message? (So we won't follow and worship God)
7. How can we keep from forgetting God's message? (Read our Bibles,
pray to God, Worship God)
|CLASS EXERCISE (10 minutes)
|Warning Signs (Activity)
|ALTERNATE CLASS EXERCISE (10 minutes)
the Word (Song) Click here
|APPLICATION (2 minutes)
|God knows we have a lot to learn and that we may not
understand everything in the Bible. God wants us to make the effort
to learn more about Him by reading our Bibles and by praying. God
will gladly give us knowledge and understanding if we seek Him. There
are some people that have no desire to learn more about God, these
people are like the seeds that fall on the path.
|Did you ever have a water gun fight with a rock? Be
sure to come back next week!
|CLOSING PRAYER (2 minutes)
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|TAKE HOME PAGE
|Give one copy to each child at the end of the class
to take home. Click here for NIV or KJV