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Grow and Go - Introduction

GROW AND GO AN INTRODUCTION TO GROWTH IN THE NATURAL AND THE SPIRITUAL -

Welcome to our final 'Grow and Go Series' this will refresh the children's memory about how plants grow, what they needed for good natural growth, how to prune plants and graft fruit trees.

Optional: Download 'Parts of a Plant' video

They will be reminded that Jesus is the true vine, and God the Father is the Gardener.

Optional: Download 'John 15: 1' Bible Verse Visual Aid.

The children can colouring these Visual Aids on arrival in the class to be used to assist to teach the lesson.

Seeds come in different shapes and sizes, but every seed carries within it all the potential and the promise of what it can become.

Optional: Download 'What plants need to grow ' video

Every seed consists of an embryo and a food store, surrounded and protected by an outer seed coat. The food store is large enough to allow the plant to grow its first leaves so that it can start producing its own food. Under the right conditions, this perfect little "bundle" will grow and develop into a new plant, which in turn will provide food and shelter, or simply beauty, to us all.

Optional: Download 'Seed germination' colouring page.

 

Optional: Download 'Seed germination Bible Verse Visual Aids' to colour



 
 

 

Optional: Download 'Sow,sow, sow the Word' song, instramental and lyrical colouring pages

In order to grow, develop and become a healthy new plant though, every seed needs a few basic ingredients.

Optional: Download 'What a Plant Needs to Survive' music video

Remember the children learnt that they all require different types of soils, water, sunlight, time and just the right temperature to flourish and grow.

Botanists will tell you that the soil determines the health and strength of a plant. The better the soil, the healthier, the more fruitful and stronger the plant will be.

We learnt all about that in the 'Parable of the Sower' in our Moringa Curriculum, Sowing Seeds of Success.

Optional: Download 'Parable of the Sower' video

Optional:Download Bible for Children: 'The Farmer and the seed' PowerPoint, and take home track.

Optional: Download Bible for Children 'The Farmer and the seed' Colouring Pages

 

In Jesus' story, the seed represents the word of God and the soil represents the people who hear the word. Many times people hear the word of God, but they don't understand it. They don't take it in. That is like the seed on the footpath. The evil one comes and takes away the seed that has been planted in their heart before it has the opportunity to grow in their life.

The seed that fell on rocky soil represents those who hear the word and receive it with great joy, but when the newness wears off and the excitement fades, they drift away because they don't have deep roots.

The seed that fell among the weeds represents people who hear God's word and believe what it says, but soon the message is crowded out by the worries of life and the desire to get more stuff. If seed is planted in a bunch of weeds, the weeds will soon take over!

A person who hears God's word, tries to understand what it says and put it into practice in their daily life is like good soil. In good soil, the seed takes root and grows and produces a plentiful harvest. That is the kind of soil that Jesus wants us to be. What kind of soil are you?

Scientists will tell you that every living thing needs water , and a seed is no different.

Optional: Download 'Why do plants need water?' video

Water is vital to the seed because it's what helps it absorb nutrients from the soil and it's what helps it germinate. Seeds do this by absorbing the water and breaking through the shell to take root.

That is why in this Series we have an entire 'Grow and Go Water Series'

The sunlight provides the warmth and the energy needed for the seed to grow and develop.

Light is what shows it which way is up and allows it to know where to place its leaves. It also helps it develop fruit.

Optional: Download 'What foods do plants need to grow?' video

You will learn all about light and the Light of the world in the 'Grow and Go Light Series'

Time is essential for germination and growth. Time is a process.

You can't slow time or hurry it up; it goes at its own pace and allows the seed to germinate, develop and grow, until it reaches full growth and becomes fruitful itself.

Optional: Download 'How do trees grow?' video

Finally, temperature is important in the germination process. If a seed is in an environment lacking the right temperature its chance of success is severely limited, even if all the other elements are present. If it's too hot, it will dry up and if it's too wet, it will rot. Both extremes will result in the seed's death.

All five of these ingredients are essential, if the seed is to unlock the full promise and potential it carries, and if it is to develop into what it is meant to be.

The same is true for the Christian. We need certain ingredients if we're to develop and grow and become fruitful and mature.

You will learn more in our 'Grow and Go Spiritual Growth Series'

In Matthew 7:25-27 we are told not to build our lives upon the sand but to build them upon the rock. That rock being Christ.

Optional: Download 'The wise man builds his house upon the rock ' song

He is the only lasting foundation to build our lives upon. Everything else is like sinking sand that swallows up and destroys, but Christ will stand the test of time.

We also need the light to know which way to go. According to Psalm 119:105, the Bible lights up our path and ensures that we don't stumble or go the wrong way.

Optional: Download Bible verse visual aid.

Make sure you are getting the Word in you, so you don't fall for the wrong things or get sucked into error. Hide the word of God in your heart so that you won't sin against Him (Ps 119:11).

A Christian also needs water. Why is it important? Because first we come to Christ, repent of our sins, and are water baptized. Water baptism is essential for every believer. It's not what saves you, but it's an act of obedience that seals your salvation.

But then it's the Holy Spirit who works salvation in our hearts. For me, water is a picture of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit reveals things in the Word to us. The Holy Spirit teaches us. The Holy Spirit guides us and it's the infilling of the Holy Spirit that gives us the power to live this Christian life out. He is essential to the fruitfulness of every Christian.

It's over our entire lifetime that the Christian blossoms and grows into the person God intends and plans for them to be. Through time, God is able to remove the old and release the new into us. We are changed from one degree of glory to the next. It's little by little, so be patient in the process. God is so very patient with us. Change will happen little by little, like a seed slowly growing.

Every seed carries within it all the potential and promise of what it can become - Christ First

Next week we will start our Go and Grow - Light Series

 

 
 
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