Reading I: Isaiah 55:10-11 (triumph of God’s word)
Reading II: Romans 8:18-23 (destiny of glory)
Gospel: Matthew 13:1-23 (parable of the seed)
Key Passage: Jesus said, “Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13:7–8)
Adult: How do you provide “good soil” for the faith of others to grow?
Child: What are you doing to help the seeds of your faith grow each day?
Laying down your burdens
Reading I: Zechariah 9:9-10 (restoration under the Messiah)
Reading II: Romans 8:9, 11-13 (indwelling of the Spirit)
Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 (Jesus and his Father)
Key Passage: Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28–29)
Adult: When has Jesus refreshed you when you felt burdened by problems?
Child: What burden do you need Jesus to help you carry?
Showing Christ to others
Reading I: 2 Kings 4:8–11, 14–16 (Elisha and the Shunammite woman)
Reading II: Romans 6:3–4, 8–11 (death to sin, life in God)
Gospel: Matthew 10:37–42 (conditions and rewards of discipleship)
Key Passage: Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39)
Adult: When have you felt more fully alive by giving of yourself to another?
Child: When have you been able to put what someone else needs ahead of what you want for yourself?
The reassurance of faith
Reading I: Jeremiah 20:10–13 (Jeremiah’s faith in crisis)
Reading II: Romans 5:12–15 (mankind’s sin through Adam)
Gospel: Matthew 10:26–33 (reassurance to the Twelve)
Key Passage: Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. (Matthew 10:28a)
Adult: When has your faith in Jesus been most seriously tested?
Child: What could you do to encourage someone who is feeling hurt?