Dig in at Home - 3 March 2019

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2 March, 2019

God Speaks to Samuel - 1 Samuel 3:1-21

Here’s what happens…

One night, Samuel wakes up to someone calling his name. He thinks it’s Eli, the priest, but it’s not. By the third time Samuel hears his name, Eli realizes it’s God. Samuel listens to God’s message and passes it along. God speaks, so we listen for him.

Bible Point

God speaks, so we listen for him.

Family Together Time

Play this fun game to practice listening with your family!

  • Play a game of Hide-and-Seek with a twist.
  • When the Seeker calls out “I’m listening!” the Hiders must make noises. They can be whistles, knocking, tongue clicking sounds, kissy noises, and so on.
  • The Seeker will listen carefully for sounds until he or she finds everyone.
  • Play several rounds so everyone can be the Seeker!
  • Talk about what you did to listen carefully in the game.
  • Talk about what you can do to listen carefully to God.

Talk About This…

  • What’s something you’d love to hear God talk to you about?

Discuss and Watch

Today we’re learning that God speaks, so we listen for him.

  • What are some ways God speaks?

Let’s listen to God as we see a lot of different ways he speaks. Think of this video as a prayer, and listen for God as you watch.

Watch “Are You Listening?”

  • How did you hear God as you watched this video?
  • How have you heard God as you experienced one of the things from this video in real life?

God speaks through all kinds of normal, everyday things. He spoke to Samuel while he was sleeping! Samuel didn’t think it was God at first, but soon he learned to listen for God’s voice. God speaks, so listen!


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Here’s what happens…

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- 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?

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

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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…

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

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- 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?

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