A change of heart
Reading I: Genesis 9:8–15 (covenant with Noah)
Reading II: 1 Peter 3:18–22 (the purpose of Christ’s suffering)
Gospel: Mark 1:12–15 (Jesus’ temptation; the call to conversion)
Key Passage: For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. (1 Peter 3:18)
Adult: When or how could you step away from your daily responsibilities to renew yourself, so that you can do a better job of following in the footsteps of Jesus?
Child: What good habit could you work on during Lent so you could grow closer to God?
Models of Christ
Reading I: Leviticus 13:1–2, 44–46 (on leprosy)
Reading II: 1 Corinthians 10:31—11:1 (imitation of Christ)
Gospel: Mark 1:40–45 (healing of a leper)
Key Passage: Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
Adult: Would you have the courage to tell others to do as you do in order to be a Christian? Why or why not?
Child: What can you do this week to be an example to others?
Mark 1: 29-39
Comfort for the sorrowful
Reading I: Job 7:1–4, 6–7 (Job’s first reply)
Reading II: 1 Corinthians 9:16–19, 22–23 (Paul’s recompense)
Gospel: Mark 1:29–39 (cure of Peter’s mother-in-law and other miracles)
Key Passage: That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered around the door. And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. (Mark 1:32–34a)
Adult: When have you felt the sadness of Job? When have you felt the joy of those who witnessed the healing works of Jesus?
Child: What could you do this week to comfort someone who is sad?
Sharing good news
Reading I: Deuteronomy 18:15–20 (a prophet like Moses)
Reading II: 1 Corinthians 7:32–35 (the state of virginity)
Gospel: Mark 1:21–28 (cure of a demoniac)
Key Passage: They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Mark 1:22)
Adult: What can you tell others about Jesus with the most assurance?
Child: What is the most important thing you would like others to know about Jesus? How will you show or tell them?