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9 March, 2019

An Idol Bows to God’s Ark - 1 Samuel 5:1-5

Here’s what happens…

The Philistines capture the Ark of God, a holy box that represents God’s presence. They put the Ark in a temple with an idol named Dagon, and Dagon keeps falling before the Ark! This demonstrates that God is real and the idol isn’t.

Bible Point

God is real, so we believe he’s the one true God. 

Through the Week

The idol falling before the Ark of God was evidence that God is real and the idol wasn’t. This week, find modern-day evidence that God is real.

  • Look for God Sightings—evidence that God is real.
  • God Sightings might include a sunset, a kind word, an answer to prayer, or a good day.
  • Share your God Sightings with each other in the car, at a meal, or at bedtime.

Talk About This…

  • If you could make one fake thing become real, what would you choose and why?

Discuss and Watch “What’s More Important?”

  • If someone who didn’t know you walked into your room, what would that person think is most important to you?

In the Bible in 1 Samuel 5:1-5, some people didn’t know God was real. They thought a fake god, an idol, was more important! But God showed that he’s the one true God by making the idol bow to the ark that represented God’s presence. Let’s watch a video where you’ll decide what’s more important. Get ready to move!

Watch “What’s More Important?”

  • How did you decide which was more important in each choice?
  • Were there any that were really hard to choose between? Why?
  • Think about that last choice: Based on what you pay the most attention to in your life, what would others say is most important to you? What are your thoughts on that question?

None of the things in our video were bad. You might like soccer, your phone, kittens, and straight A’s. Those can all be good things! But they can also become idols if we let them be more important than God. God is the only true God, so he deserves the most of our attention.

Digging Into the Heart of God. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use. 


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Jesus Heals an Official’s Son - John 4:43-54

Here’s what happens…

A government official pleads for Jesus to heal his son, who’s dying. Without even going to see the son, Jesus heals him just by speaking. As the father travels home, a servant meets him to tell him his son is alive and well.

Family Together Time

Do a family magic show!

- Each person will look online to find a fun magic trick that can be done with household items.

- Everyone will practice a different magic trick until it’s just right.

- Get together and present your magic tricks for each other.

- Talk about the difference between magic and miracles.

- Remind your family that Jesus’ amazing miracles were no trick—they really happened!

Talk About This…

- What’s your most amazing talent?

Discuss and Watch “Amazing Healing”

Today we’re learning that Jesus is amazing.

- What’s something you’d be amazed to see?

Let’s watch the amazing thing that happened in our Bible story.

Watch “Amazing Healing.”

- We talked about things we’d be amazed to see. Why do you think the government guy believed Jesus even though he didn’t see the miracle happen?

- Share about an amazing thing you want Jesus to do for you.

Jesus is amazing, so we believe in him.

We can believe that he’s doing amazing things in our lives, even if we don’t see them happening in really obvious ways. Jesus healed the government guy’s son, but the man didn’t even get to see it happen! In the end, he got to see that Jesus is amazing and truly had healed his son.

Digging Into the Heart of God. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.

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Dig in at Home - 9 June

Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit - Acts 2:1-42

Here’s what happens…

The disciples were obeying Jesus’ instructions and were staying in Jerusalem. It had been 10 days since Jesus had ascended (went back up) to heaven, and on this day Jews that had travelled from many different countries were gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Pentecost, the harvest festival. This special feast was a time when God’s people brought gifts as offerings to God (see Leviticus 23:15-21). While the disciples were together, a sound like a violent blowing wind, came and filled the house, and what looked like tongues of fire, rested above their heads. The people were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different languages which amazed everyone. Peter addressed the bewildered crowd, explaining that the coming of the Holy Spirit had been prophesied by Joel, and was the fulfilment of Jesus words too.

- If you had been with the believers on this day, what do you think you would have seen, heard and felt? Do you think your reaction would have been more like that of the people in verse 12 or verse 13?

- What happened to the believers on the Day of Pentecost? And everyone else?

- What do you think is the point that Peter wants the people to understand about the current events (verse 13, 17 & 18)?

- What response is Peter urging the new believers to take (verse 38)? Have you made that response before? Would you like to make it today?

- Have you ever experienced an empowering from the Lord to witness about Christ? Explain what it was like.

- What do you think this passage saying to you in your current circumstances? What are you going to do about it?

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