Dig in at Home - 1 March 2020

The Lord’s Prayer

Read: Matthew 6:9-13

Here’s what happens…

Prayer was an important part of Jesus’ life on earth, and it is an important part of our lives too. Every good relationship depends on great communication and we must communicate with God if we want to grow our relationship with Him. Prayer is how we do this. Jesus showed his disciples – and us – how we should pray and how important prayer is.

The Lord’s Prayer may sound like a lot of fancy words, but it’s a very simple and to the point message that shows us what we should say when we pray. We should address God as our Father. We should praise God’s name. We should pray for God’s will to be done. We should pray for God to provide for our needs. And we should pray that God forgives our sins and helps us to forgive others.

Discuss and Watch “God’s Story: Prayer”

There’s no right or wrong way to start or finish. Prayer is simply communicating with God the way we would communicate with anyone else. Prayer is how we grow closer to God. We see the world through His eyes. We see our part in God’s plan, and we strive to serve Him better every day. Prayer is a daily need for a believer, and the more we pray, the stronger our relationship with the Lord will be.

There are many different parts of prayer as we see in the Lord’s prayer. The video also shows that Praise, Repent, Ask and Yield are part of prayer.

- Which parts of the Lord’s prayer relate to each of these parts?

- Which parts do you find easy? Which parts do you struggle with?

- How can (or does) prayer help you grow closer to God?

Talk About…

- Why did Jesus teach His disciples to pray?

- When and where can we pray?

- What are some things we shouldn’t do when we pray?

- Can you think of any times or places where we shouldn’t pray? Why or why not?

- Why is prayer an important part of our day?

- How does prayer draw us closer to God?

- Do we need to say special words when we pray?

Through the week

Find a copy of the Lord’s Prayer to print and hang at home, somewhere that you will see it often (if you need one, ask Jess).

Whenever you see it, take it as a reminder to pray… not only by saying the Lord’s Prayer, but taking to God whatever is on your heart, and listening to what God has to say to you.

Pray

Encourage each other to make prayer a daily habit, check in at the start and end of each day to see how you are doing.

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Dig in at Home – 23 February 2020

23 February 2020 - The Lord’s Prayer: Forgiveness

Read: Matthew 6:12-13; Psalm 51

Here’s what happens…

Jesus sets the example of asking for forgiveness and for help resisting temptation. In Psalm 51, David confesses his greatest sins and asks God to give him a clean heart.

Talk About …

• Tell about a difficult apology you’ve had to make.

Through the Week

Set up a reminder to say you’re sorry to God this week.

• As a family, decorate a sign with the words of Psalm 51:10. You could also add illustrations, such as a heart with bubbles on it to show a clean heart.

• Hang the sign over a soap dish everyone uses. (Your child may have even made a soap dish in class today!)

• Whenever family members wash their hands this week, they can see the sign and remember to tell God what they’re sorry for and ask him to give them a clean heart.

Discuss and Watch “Party Pooper”

We’re learning that saying “sorry” is part of prayer.

• Tell about a time you had to say you were sorry.

Let’s watch our friends Peanut and Biscuit when Biscuit has to say “sorry.”

Watch “Party Pooper.”

• What do you think is the worst thing Biscuit did to Peanut?

• Rowley said, “God says we can ask for forgiveness and make things right.” How does it feel to know you can always get God’s forgiveness?

• If you were Peanut, would you have forgiven Biscuit? Why or why not?

Biscuit ruined Peanut’s birthday party. But he was sorry, and he apologized to Peanut. Peanut forgave him right away! You know, God will always forgive us, too. It doesn’t matter what we’ve done, God is always ready to forgive us. Saying “sorry” is part of prayer so that we can make things right with God.

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Dig in at Home – 16 February 2020

16 February 2020 - The Lord’s Prayer: Asking

Read: Matthew 6:11; Psalm 121

Here’s what happens…

Jesus teaches us to ask God for what we need. Psalm 121 is an example of this kind of prayer; travelers asked for God’s help as they faced a dangerous journey. The psalmist writes, “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth!”

Talk About…

• What’s one thing you need help with this week?

Through the Week

Print out a copy of Psalm 121. It’s a traveler’s psalm asking for God’s help. Hang it by your door or in your car, and pray the prayer together whenever you go somewhere this week.

Psalm 121

I look up to the mountains—

does my help come from there?

My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;

the one who watches over you will not slumber.

Indeed, he who watches over Israel

never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!

The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.

The sun will not harm you by day,

nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm

and watches over your life.

The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and

go, both now and forever.

Discuss and Watch “Carl’s Big Adventure”

We’re learning that asking for help is part of prayer.

• Tell about something you need to ask for help with.

• What could happen if you tried to do that without help?

Sometimes we just need help. Let’s see what happens when our friend Carl didn’t ask for help.

Watch “Carl’s Big Adventure.”

• Why was it such a big deal that Carl didn’t ask for help?

• What did it cost him to try to do things on his own?

• What could it cost us if we try to do things without God’s help?

Silly Carl flew all over the world—which takes a lot of time and money—because he didn’t ask for directions to Bill and Violet’s house. He learned a big lesson about asking for help! We may not end up in Russia or Thailand when we forget to ask God for help, but we could end up doing things the hard way when God wants to help us. That’s why asking for help is part of prayer.

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Dig in at Home – 9 February 2020

The Lord’s Prayer: God’s Will

Read: Matthew 6:10; Matthew 26:36-46

Key Verse: “Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13).

Here’s what happens…

Jesus models how to pray by saying “may your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Later, as Jesus faces death, he prays a similar prayer, asking for God’s will to be done even though it’s not what he wants.

Discuss and Watch “God’s Will”

We’re learning that wanting God’s will is part of prayer. Sometimes it’s easier to think about what we want than what God wants.

• What would you ask for if your birthday was coming up?

Let’s see what happened when a boy asked God for his birthday wish. Watch “God’s Will.”

• Tell about a time you got a present you didn’t really like.

• How could not getting what we want be a good thing?

• What good came out of the boy in the video getting the wrong gifts?

The boy in the video wanted a video game system, not a baseball bat. But what he didn’t realize is that he could make a new friend with his baseball stuff! What he got was more amazing than what he wanted because God’s will is better than what we want. That’s why wanting God’s will is part of prayer.

Through the Week

• As a family, gather together each morning to pray for God’s will to be done in your lives that day.

• Whenever someone faces an important or difficult choice, that person will stop and pray for God’s will to be done.

• At the end of each day, talk about how it made a difference that day to seek God’s will instead of your own.

Talk About…

• What’s something you feel really strongly about?

Pray…

Do you keep a journal of your prayers? Maybe start this this week, so you can look back in the future and see what you prayed in the past. You may be surprised to see how God answers your prayers.

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Dig in at Home – 2 February 2020

The Lord’s Prayer: Praise

Read: Matthew 6:9 & Psalm 100

Key Verse: “Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:9-13).

Here’s what happens…

Jesus teaches to start a prayer with praise. Psalm 100 is a great example of a prayer of praise, exclaiming that we can shout with joy to the Lord, sing with joy, enter his gates with thanksgiving and praise, and proclaim his unfailing love and goodness.

Discuss and Watch “Pure Praise”

We’re learning that praise is part of prayer. But what does that mean?

• What is praise? How would you describe it?

Let’s see what praise is and what it isn’t. Watch “Pure Praise.”

• Do you think the kids in this video were truly praising God? Explain.

• What can distract you from praising God?

• If praise is about your heart and your focus, what activities besides music could be praise?

Praise is part of prayer. It’s a reminder that God is in control and a celebration of how awesome he is! So praise means we’re focused on God, not going through the motions of praise while our minds think about other things.

Through the Week

Remember to praise God all week with this fun celebration.

• Read Psalm 100:4 together.

• Hang streamers or ribbons from all the doorways in your house as a reminder to enter (and exit) rooms with praise!

• Every time you walk through a doorway this week, tell God one thing that’s awesome about him. You could sing, shout, or just whisper your praise.

Talk About…

• What’s your favorite word to describe God?

Pray

• Say or write a Praise Prayer (purple in the rainbow prayer) each day this week. A praise prayer could start with, “Dear God, you are…”

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Dig in at Home - 26 January

Peter’s Vision of Animals - Acts 10:9-43

Here’s what happens…

Peter has a vision of previously forbidden food, but God tells him to eat the food. Later, Peter talks to Cornelius and realizes that his vision demonstrated that God welcomes anyone from any place.

Bible Point:

God is welcoming, so we’re welcoming.

Family Together Time

Get ready for visitors with these fun welcoming ideas!

• Decorate your front door or just inside your home with welcome signs.

• Create welcome bags with goodies, drawings, or other things you can think of to give to guests.

• Walk into your home through the door visitors use, and consider what else might make someone feel welcome.

• Take turns pretending to arrive as visitors while the rest of the family welcomes the one playing the guest. Remember to offer guests water or snacks, take their coats, and give them the best place to sit.

Talk About This…

• Tell about a place you feel welcome.

Discuss and Watch “Family Welcome”

We’re learning that God is welcoming, so we’re welcoming. Think of someone it’s hard for you to feel welcoming toward. Don’t say any names, just picture that person. Pause.

Let’s see what happens when a dog named Biscuit meets a new family member who’s a little different from him.

Watch “Family Welcome.”

• What made it hard for Biscuit to welcome Sage?

• What kind of qualities make it hard for you to welcome someone?

• Think of the person you pictured before the video. What can you learn from Biscuit about how to treat that person? Remind kids not to name names, and simply describe how they can treat the person.

Rowley reminded Biscuit about what happened in our Bible story—God told people to welcome everyone, even people who were different. God is welcoming, so we’re welcoming—even if people are different from us or hard to love.

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Dig in at Home - 19 January

Jesus Passes On His Power - Acts 1:6-14; 2:1-12

Here’s what happens…

Before Jesus goes to heaven, he tells his disciples they will receive the Holy Spirit’s power to be his witnesses! Later the Holy Spirit comes, and Jesus’ followers speak in languages they don’t even know!

Bible Point:

Jesus is powerful, and he gives us power.

Family Together Time

• Write some of the following verses on sticky notes or small slips of paper. Younger kids can draw pictures of crosses instead.

· Acts 1:8

· Romans 1:16

· Romans 8:2

· 1 Corinthians 4:7

· 2 Corinthians 4:20

· 2 Corinthians 12:9

· Ephesians 3:18

· Ephesians 3:20

· Ephesians 6:10

· Philippians 2:13

· 2 Thessalonians 1:11

· 2 Timothy 1:7

• Stick or tape a verse or picture over each outlet and light switch in your house.

• Whenever you use electric power, you’ll get a reminder of Jesus’ power in your life!

Talk About This…

• What do you want God to give you the power to do for him?

Discuss and Watch “Carl’s Story”

We’re learning that Jesus is powerful, and he gives us power.

• If you could have any superpower, what superpower would you want? Why?

Superpowers would be fun! But that’s not quite the kind of power Jesus gives us. Let’s see what kind of power our friend Carl has.

Watch “Carl’s Story.”

• How much power do you think Carl really had?

• How would you describe Jesus’ power?

Carl wasn’t as powerful as he thought. But he did learn something very true: Jesus is powerful! Jesus has the most awesome power, and we can ask for his power in our lives! In our Bible story, Jesus promised power to his disciples, and that promise is for us, too.

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Dig in at Home - 12 January

Jesus Forgives His Enemies - Luke 23:26-43

Here’s what happens…

Jesus is dying on the cross. As the soldiers torture him and gamble for his clothes, he extends forgiveness. They continue to mock him, but he doesn’t condemn them. Jesus extends forgiveness to a criminal, too.

Bible Point:

Jesus forgives when it’s hard, so we forgive when it’s hard.

Through the Week

• Choose a mirror to be your “forgiveness” mirror.

• When someone wants to apologize, he or she can write an apology on the mirror with a dry-erase marker.

• Younger kids who can’t write can draw a picture or get help with writing.

• The person who the apology is directed toward can erase the apology to show forgiveness. Then that person can draw a heart on the mirror.

Talk About This…

• Tell about a time you were really, really sorry.

Discuss and Watch “Forgiven”

We’re learning that Jesus forgives when it’s hard. Have you ever done something you thought someone wouldn’t forgive? Let’s see what happened when a little brother thought he was unforgiveable.

Watch “Forgiven.”

• The little brother thought of three options. What other ideas can you think of?

• Have you ever been in a situation like this? What happened?

• Imagine the little brother broke the laptop on purpose, instead of by accident. How would that make a difference in whether he deserved forgiveness?

The big sister in this video forgave even when it was hard. It would’ve been even harder if he’d broken her laptop on purpose! But you know what? Jesus forgives when it’s hard. He forgave the people who were hurting him, even though that was on purpose. There’s nothing you’ve done that he won’t forgive!

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Dig in at Home - 5 January

Jesus Is the Good Shepherd - John 10:1-16

Here’s what happens…

Jesus says he is the good shepherd. He calls his sheep, and they know his voice and follow him. He gives his sheep a rich and satisfying life, and he sacrifices his own life for them. He knows his sheep, and they know him.

Family Together Time

Read a verse a day as a family so you can get to know Jesus better.

- Sunday: Matthew 1:23

- Monday: Matthew 16:16

- Tuesday: Mark 1:10-11

- Wednesday: John 1:29

- Thursday: John 4:14

- Friday: John 8:12

- Saturday: John 15:14-15

Talk About This…

- What’s one way you’ve gotten to know another person better?

- What can you learn from that about how to get to know Jesus better?

Discuss and Watch “Feeling Sheepish”

- What are some interesting things you know about sheep?

Let’s find out more about sheep by seeing some real shepherds!

Watch “Feeling Sheepish.”

- What did the shepherds say or do that reminds you of how Jesus interacts with us?

- What was different about the shepherds and Jesus?

Jesus knows us, so we get to know him. The shepherds in our video knew how to take care of their sheep and how to get them to go where they need to go. They made sure a lot of grass grew so the sheep would have food. They knew the names of certain special sheep, but most sheep didn’t even have names. That’s a little different from shepherds in Bible times. Jesus knows our names and so much more! He knows everything about us, and he invites us to get to know him.

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