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16 March, 2019

David Values Saul’s Life - 1 Samuel 24; 26

Here’s what happens…

Saul is chasing David and trying to kill him. Finally, David has two opportunities to kill Saul; once in a cave and once when Saul is sleeping. Both times, David chooses to spare Saul’s life because he knows God values people.

Bible Point

God values people, so we value people.

Through the Week

Tell people they’re valuable to God!

  • Text someone to say, “God values you, and I do, too!”
  • Call someone to share what you value about that person.
  • Each day, tell your friends and family members one thing you value about them.
  • You can even tell people you don’t know, “God values you!”

Talk About This…

  • What do you think God values about you?

Discuss and Watch “The Chance for Revenge”

In today’s Bible story, David had the chance to get back at Saul. Saul was chasing David and trying to kill him—and a lot of people who were in David’s shoes would’ve wanted revenge.

  • Tell about a time you wanted a chance to take revenge on someone. Share your own story first, demonstrating how to avoid mentioning any names.

Let’s watch some pets and see what happened when they faced a situation similar to the one David and Saul were in.

Watch “The Chance for Revenge”

  • What do you think about the way Lexy treated Spike?
  • What do you think of Marty the fish’s advice to Spike?
  • What can you learn from the way Spike—and David—treated their enemies?
  • How is this story like David and Saul’s?

Marty suggested that Spike could hurt Lexy with his quills. That’s kind of like David’s army suggesting David kill Saul. But instead, Spike found a way to make peace by showing Lexy he wouldn’t hurt her, even if he could. Spike showed that he valued a friendship with Lexy more than revenge, and David showed that he valued Saul’s life more than he wanted revenge. God values people, so we value people…even if we have a chance for revenge.

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

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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.

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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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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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