Dig in at Home - 31 March

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30 March, 2019

David Is Kind to Mephibosheth - 2 Samuel 9

Here’s what happens…

King David finds Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth. David shows kindness by inviting him to the palace, feeding him a meal, and letting him eat at the palace regularly. God was kind to David, and David passed it on. God is kind, so we’re kind.

Bible Point

God is kind, so we’re kind.

Family Together Time

Choose one or two people outside of your household, and overwhelm them with kindness by showing them an act of kindness each day this week! Here are some ideas.

  • Help around the yard or house.
  • Make food for them.
  • Draw pictures for them.
  • Make cards for them.
  • Write heartfelt letters to them.
  • Make a video for them.
  • Text them with encouragement.
  • Call to pray with them.
  • Use your talents to come up with your own kind ideas!

Talk About This…

  • What’s the kindest thing someone has ever done for you?

Discuss and Watch

In our story, David showed kindness to Mephibosheth. But what happens when we’re not quite sure how to be kind? Let’s see what happened to Carl when he tried to be kind.

Watch “Carl the Kind.”

  • Why were Carl’s first efforts to be kind not actually kind?
  • Tell about a time you had good intentions but just messed something up. Share your own story first.
  • Is it still kindness if your heart is in the right place? Explain.

Carl’s heart was in the right place. He wanted to help! But he was so focused on doing something impressive that he wasn’t paying attention to what people actually needed. In the Bible, David took care of Mephibosheth’s needs. We show kindness when we see what will truly help others and show them God’s love. God is kind, so we’re kind.


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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.


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?