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23 February, 2019

God Makes the Sun Stand Still - Joshua 10:1-15

Here’s what happens…

The Israelites fight against five armies to defend another population, the Gibeonites. In turn, God defends the Israelites, sending their enemies into a panic and causing the sun to stand still so they have time to defeat their enemies. God is our defender, too.

Bible Point:

God is our defender, so we defend others.

Through the Week

Defend each other with prayer throughout the week!

  • Find a round object, such as a coin, for each person in your family.
  • Each person will pick up a coin and share about a current battle he or she is facing. For example, a battle could be a stressful test, worries about a friendship, or stress at work.
  • Pray for each other right away.
  • Carry the round objects all week to remind you of the sun and how God defended the Israelites by causing the sun to stand still.
  • Whenever you feel the “sun” in your pocket, stop and pray for the battles your family members are facing.
  • Be sure to support each other in your battles so you know your family is always on your side.

Talk About This…

  • What superhero would best be able to defend you right now? Why?

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning that God is our defender, so we defend others.

  • Without naming any names, share things you’ve seen a bully do.

Let’s see what happens in our video when some kids have to deal with a bully.

Watch “The Bully.”

  • After seeing what the kids in this video did, what are some tips you can use to deal with a bully?
  • What are some good ideas you have for defending others from a bully?

At first, Sophia let the bully win. But when she saw that the bully was keeping a lot of kids from enjoying the playground, she decided to be a defender. Even though Sophia was a lot smaller than the bully, that was okay, because she didn’t need to fight. She went with a group of kids to talk to the bully, told the bully that what she was doing was wrong, and showed the bully compassion. God is our defender, so we defend others using kindness and compassion.

 

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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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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