Dig in at Home - 17 June

A Roman Officer Demonstrates Faith - Luke 7:1-10; Matthew 8:5-13

A Roman officer asks Jesus to heal his dying servant. He recognizes that Jesus has authority over everything and compares it to his limited authority over his soldiers. He knows Jesus has so much authority that he can just speak and heal the man without having to travel to him.

Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. Luke 7:7 

Through the Week 

Assign each family member a day of the week.

Decide what decisions each family member gets to make on his or her day. For example, you could let that person decide what’s for dinner, what family activity to do, and what bedtime story to read. You can set rules if you think they’re needed, but try to give your kids as much authority as you can.

Let them take charge! With authority comes responsibility. They’ll need to make dinner, make sure everyone gets ready, and so on.

When their authority day is over, ask your kids what they liked or didn’t like.

Talk about how people can use authority to help and protect us. For example, police officers make sure people don’t speed so that they don’t get hurt in an accident.

 

Talk About This…

Tell about a time you wished you had authority over someone or something.

 

Watch and Discuss

Have you ever said, or been tempted to say, “You’re not the boss of me”?

In our video today, we will see some people who have this same kind of feeling. Let’s see what they have to say. Watch “The Boss of Me.”

Which of the people in the video do you relate to the most, and why?

When have you been glad that someone else was in charge instead of you?

The people in our video all discovered that even though they wanted to be in charge of someone else, they really didn’t have the authority to be in charge. Then they mention someone at the end of the video—someone who really does have authority over all of us. It’s Jesus! Jesus has authority over everything! And it can be a big relief to us to not have to be in charge—but to know that Jesus has authority over everything and he has things under control.

 

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Dig in at Home - 10 June

Jesus Heals a Lame Man by a Pool - John 5:1-18

Jesus goes to a pool where sick people often hang out hoping to be healed by the power of the bubbling water in the pool. One lame man is never able to get there soon enough, so Jesus heals him. The religious leaders get mad, but Jesus is God, and he tells them so.

But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I” John 5:17

Through the Week

Get everybody to make a sign with his or her name at the top. For example: “Jordan is...”

Hang the signs.

Throughout the week, write kind descriptions of each person. For example, “Jordan is...kind, athletic, thoughtful, encouraging.”

At the end of the week, talk about how you know those things about each other.

Remind your family that we know who God is because we can see who Jesus is, and Jesus is God.

Challenge each other to show other people who Jesus is by acting like him.

Talk About This…

What can Jesus do because he’s God?

 

Discuss and Watch “By the Pool”

Share about a time you wanted something but didn’t know who could help you with that need.

In our Bible story, there was a man who needed help, and he wasn’t sure who could help him. Let’s see what happened.

Watch “By the Pool.”

Jesus was able to help this man and heal him! This is just one of many ways Jesus shows he is God. But it made some people mad that Jesus helped the man on the Sabbath. That was a special day, and those cranky men had made up a lot of extra rules that God had not made. They said it was wrong to carry a mat on the Sabbath.

Why do you think they got so mad?

One reason they might have been mad is that they couldn’t make Jesus do what they wanted him to do. Jesus is God, and he does what is right—even when it’s not the popular thing to do.

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Dig in at Home - 3 June

Jesus Eats with Sinners at Matthew’s House - Matthew 9:9-13

Jesus asks a tax collector named Matthew to be his disciple. Tax collectors were known for being greedy, cheating men. So when Jesus went to Matthew’s house, religious leaders got mad. But Jesus came for everyone—and those who are the worst sinners need him the most.

When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do” Matthew 9:12

Through the Week

Think of someone at school, at work, or in your neighborhood you don’t know very well.

Think of a way you can show kindness to that person this week. For example, get to know him or her or share a snack with that person.

Pray and ask Jesus to show you someone who needs a friend.

At the end of the week, tell each other how it went!

 

Talk About This…

Who are some people you know that others treat like outcasts?

What’s one thing you can do to show them Jesus loves them?

Watch and Discuss

Have you ever spied on someone? Maybe you spied on your brother or sister or sneaked around to listen in on what your parents were saying.

Share about a time you spied on someone. What happened?

In the Bible story, a group of people called Pharisees were upset that Jesus was eating and spending time with sinners—people who did wrong things. The Pharisees thought that Jesus should spend time only with people who tried their best to be good. But since Jesus came for everyone, he also came for people who don’t even know about God. Let’s see what might have happened when the Pharisees spied on Jesus to see what he was doing.

Watch “Spying on Jesus.”

What did you think was funny about this video?

Why do you think the Pharisees were so worried about what Jesus did and who he hung out with?

The Pharisees were always watching Jesus to see if he would make a mistake. They kept trying to trap him doing or saying something wrong. But their plans never worked. This time, Jesus told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.”

What do you think that means?

Jesus came for everyone, not just people who are always good. And that means Jesus came for each of us! That’s great news!

 

 

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Dig in at Home - 27 May

Wise and Foolish Builder

Matthew 7:24-27

Jesus says following his teaching is like building a house on a rock—a firm foundation. But people who don’t follow Jesus’ teaching are like people who build their houses on sand. The houses will fall when storms arise. Jesus is trustworthy, a firm foundation for our lives.

“For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does” (Psalm 33:4).

Family Together Time

Use this fun family snack to remember that Jesus is a trustworthy foundation.

Grab some biscuits and a sticky food, such as frosting, Nutella, or peanut butter.

Work together to build houses. Try different methods to build strong houses.

After you’ve made two or three houses, determine which one you think is strongest, and why.

Eat your snacks as you talk about ways you’ve seen Jesus help you when you felt weak. Yum!

 

Talk About This…

Tell about someone you trust and why you trust that person.  

Discuss and Watch

Have you ever heard someone say something and wondered if it was really true or not? Here are some things that a lot of people say are true—but they’re all false:

The moon is made of cheese.

Spinach gives you super strength.

If you swallow a watermelon seed it will grow in your stomach.

If you eat bread crust it will make your hair curly.

If you touch a frog you’ll get warts.

If you swallow gum it will stay in your stomach for seven years.

Talk about which of these have you heard before? What are other crazy statements you’ve heard that you’ve wondered whether or not they’re true? How could you test to see if something is true or not?

The Bible tells us that Jesus is trustworthy, which means that we can trust that what he says and does is true. Let’s watch a video about two kids who tested what the Bible says.

Watch “Truthbusters.”

Victor and Lauren put the Bible to the test to see if what they were reading is true or not. They learned that Jesus is trustworthy. The Bible also tells us in Psalm 33:4, “For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.” This means we can trust what the Bible says and what Jesus does. It’s the truth!

 

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Dig in at Home - 20 May

A Miraculous Catch of Fish

Luke 5:1-11

Jesus finds some fishermen, frustrated after a night with no catches. Jesus tells them to let down their nets again, and when they do, there are so many fish that they have to call for help lifting the nets! They’re amazed because Jesus is amazing.

“Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord” (Psalm 40:3).

Through the Week

To set up, cut some simple fish shapes out of paper, and hang up a paper lunch bag.

Put the fish and a pen next to the bag.

Throughout the week, be on the lookout for “God Sightings”—amazing things Jesus is doing in your lives.

Whenever anyone has a God Sighting to share, he or she can write it on a fish and put it in the bag.

Try to fill the bag with fish!

At the end of the week, read what’s written on all the fish. Celebrate the amazing things Jesus did for your family!

Talk About This…

What are amazing things you’d love to see Jesus do?

Watch and Discuss

What’s the most amazing thing you’ve seen this week? Share about something amazing you’ve seen this week. It can be something silly or small or big—but it has to be something you’ve seen in the past week.

The Bible tells us about a time some friends of Jesus saw him do something amazing. Let’s see what that was!

Watch “Catch o’ Fish.”

In the video, the kids who were acting out this Bible story had only a few fish in their nets—but the Bible says that in real life, there were so many fish that the nets they were using began to tear!

When the people there saw this amazing thing, they realized Jesus was someone special. He wasn’t just an ordinary man.

The Bible tells us in Psalm 40:3 that “Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.” This means that when people see the amazing things Jesus does, they trust Jesus.

Why does seeing someone do something amazing help you trust that person more?

When we read the Bible and learn about the amazing things Jesus does, it can help us trust in him! Jesus is amazing!

 

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Dig in at Home - 13 May

Jesus Forgives a Paralyzed Man - Luke 5:17-26

Four friends of a paralyzed man decide to get Jesus’ help. Unable to get through the crowds, the four friends lower their paralyzed friend through the roof on his mat. Jesus offers forgiveness first and then healing. Jesus forgives us, and that’s the best kind of healing.

Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the man, ‘Young man, your sins are forgiven’ Luke 5:20

 

Forgive and Forget

Do this experiment to show God’s forgiveness.

Give everyone a few squares of toilet paper and a washable marker.

Have everyone write or draw something on the toilet paper.

Fill a cup with warm water.

Put everyone’s toilet paper in the cup.

After at least 30 seconds, take the toilet paper out of the cup. Spread it out if you can. If not, you can still see that the words are totally gone.

Flush the toilet paper as you thank Jesus for forgiving all your sins.

 

Family Discussion

Tell about a time someone forgave you.

Tell about a time you felt guilty for a while.

How do you feel knowing that Jesus will always forgive you?

 

Discuss and Watch

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to help a friend? Have you ever given away your lunch to a friend who forgot his? Or have you ever waited at the bus stop in the rain with someone just so that person wouldn’t have to wait alone? Share about a time you did something that seems a bit crazy just to help a friend in a time of need.

Our Bible story today is about some men who helped their friend who was paralyzed. Let’s see what was going on with their friend—and how they helped him!

Watch “The Man on the Mat.”

Can you believe it? They actually carried this man onto a roof, took off part of the roof, and lowered their friend down into the room where Jesus was. That’s crazy! They must have been very good friends!

Another part of the story that’s interesting is what Jesus did. I think everyone expected Jesus to heal the paralyzed man, but instead he forgave the man.

Why do you think that upset some of the people who were there?

When Jesus said the man’s sins were forgiven, Jesus was saying that he was powerful enough to forgive the man’s sins—which meant that he was God. That made some people mad! They didn’t believe that Jesus is God. But Jesus proved that he was powerful enough to forgive the man and to heal him. He did both! And the great news for us is that Jesus forgives us, too!

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Dig in at Home - 6 May

Jesus Heals People

Luke 4:38-40; 5:12-16

When Simon’s mother-in-law is sick with a bad fever, Jesus heals her. People bring Jesus others who have many different diseases, and Jesus heals them just by touching them. Later a man with leprosy begs Jesus to heal him, and Jesus does. Jesus heals us!

“No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one” (Luke 4:40).

Sick and Healed

Play this fun game as a family to experience the power of healing.

Decide on some challenges you can do such as: build a block tower, make a bed, move toys from one basket to another, or make sure all the lights are off. The challenges should be basic, everyday things.

Give family members each a limitation such as having to cross their legs, keep their eyes closed, or keep one hand behind their back.

Have everyone attempt to do the challenges with their limitations.

Talk about how it felt to do those challenges with the limitation.

Talk about how being sick or injured can limit us.

Thank Jesus that he can heal us!

Family Discussion

What’s the worst part about being sick?

What helps you feel better when you’re sick?

What’s a way you need Jesus to help you feel better?

 

Watch and Discuss

In the Bible story today we learned about a lot of different people who were healed by Jesus. We’ve all had experiences where Jesus has healed us from a cold or the flu or a cut or even a broken bone. But what about when someone is really sick…super sick? Is Jesus powerful enough to heal someone who is super sick? Let’s hear from a boy named Von to find out.

Watch “Von’s Story.”

Do you know anyone who has leukemia or another kind of cancer? Let any kids who do know someone tell a little bit about that person. If you know someone who has cancer, you can share as well.

It’s really scary to be that sick, and as we heard from Von, the medicine you have to take might taste really bad or it might have to go into your body with a needle. It took Von a few years to get better, and he said he still is not all the way back to being strong—but he is improving.

If you have a friend or family member who is very, very sick, what could you do to help that person feel better?

Von’s family shared a few ideas like talking to God, talking to a friend, or giving a hug. Those aren’t too hard! It can mean a lot to someone who is really sick to know that someone else is praying for them and asking Jesus to heal them or wants to give them a hug.

We know that Jesus heals us, and it’s great to hear from Von and know that God is healing him!

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Dig in at Home - 22 April

Nicodemus Visits Jesus at Night

John 3:1-21

One night, a Pharisee named Nicodemus asks Jesus some questions. He finds out that Jesus gives us eternal life. All we have to do is believe that God sent Jesus because he loves us so much!

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life John 3:16

Mobius Strips

Your child may have already made a Mobius-strip bracelet in class. If so, let him or her lead this fun family activity. Otherwise, just follow the steps below.

1.    Cut a long, thin strip of paper for each family member.

2.    Have everyone write the words of John 3:16 on the strip of paper, front and back. (If you have non-readers, help with this part.)

3.    Have everyone decorate around the words with squiggles, hearts, or other fun shapes.

4.    Have everyone tape the two ends of the strip together, twisting the strip one time before taping.

5.    You’ve just made a Mobius strip! You can trace a line on it and never reach an end.

6.    Hang the Mobius strips to remind you that Jesus gives us eternal life.

 

Through the Week

Here’s an activity you can do throughout the week.

1.    Set a timer that you can keep running all week. You could use a timer on your phone or computer that runs in the background.

2.    Periodically throughout the week, when your family is together, have everyone guess how much time has passed since you set the timer. Then check to see who is closest.

3.    Talk about how time has a start and finish on earth, but in heaven there’s no time—just forever.

Family Discussion

•       If you could join Jesus and Nicodemus’ conversation, what questions would you ask?

Watch and Discuss

Have you ever been so curious about something that you just had to find out the answer? Like, have you ever been mystified by a puzzle, wondered about how something worked, or wanted to know everything you could about a subject?

•       Talk about a time you were so curious that you just had to find the answer, and what you did to find it.

The Bible tells us about a man named Nicodemus who was curious about Jesus. He just had to find out who Jesus was and what he was teaching. Let’s hear his story.

           Watch “Nicodemus on the News.”

Nicodemus was a Pharisee. It was part of his job to read rules and explain them to people—and also to make sure people followed those rules. Most of the Pharisees didn’t like Jesus because he showed people that God’s love was more powerful than the rules. But Nicodemus was curious enough about Jesus to meet with him at night and ask his questions directly to Jesus. When they talked, Nicodemus learned that Jesus gives us eternal life. That’s pretty exciting!

 

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