Dig in at Home - 8 March 2020

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7 March, 2020

Lent - 40 Days

Read: Luke 4:1-13

Here’s what happens…

Luke’s account of Jesus’ temptation makes it clear that Jesus was a great leader who deliberately went to the place of testing, who stood up to severe temptation and won! Jesus the Messiah was not in it for himself: he was in it for God and for the people, for us.

Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. That’s five weeks. On his own. All alone. The conversation Jesus had with Satan during this time is all about power. Satan tells Jesus “You could have all this…” Power was the root of the temptation Jesus faced. But instead of being swayed by Satan (as we may be), Jesus spent his time in the wilderness listening to God and working out what God wanted him to do. God has plans for all of us. He has things for us to do.

Talk About…

  • Share about a time that you have been alone. (Asleep in bed does not really count!)
  • What is the longest time you have been alone?


Do together…

Build a High Tower

You will need: building blocks, Jenga blocks, or cardboard boxes.

  • Together build a high tower, and then have fun knocking it back down again.
  • As you play, talk about what Jesus experienced being at the top of a building looking down.


Discuss and Watch “The temptation of Jesus”

  • Have you ever been tempted?
  • What helped you to overcome the temptation, or what made you succumb?
  • What would you do if you ruled the world?
  • What would you change? And why? Do you think this would make the world a better place or a worse place? Why?


Through the week…

Lent is often a time when people give up something they enjoy, like chocolate, to share a little in Jesus’ experience of 40 days in the wilderness with nothing. Jesus’ time alone wasn’t just about giving things up, it was about getting ready and listening to God.

  • What do you think you could do during Lent that would help you be more aware of God? Or help other people?
  • Could you decide to do something for Lent instead of giving something up?
  • What do you think God is saying to you through this? What are you going to do about it?


Pray

Spend some time alone with God this week listening to Him and following his directions

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- Have you ever had a friend act like they didn’t like or know you? How did that make you feel?

- Do you ever feel pressured to ignore or be mean to others? What do you do in these situations?

- How do you think Peter felt after the rooster crowed?

- What stands out for you in this passage?

- What do you think this passage tells us about God/Jesus?

- Who could you share this story with today? What will you tell them about it?

PRAY

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Purple – Praise God, Red – Say Sorry, Orange – Thank God, Yellow – ask God to help others, Green – ask God to help you, Blue – Listen to God and say Amen.

BLESS

Bless each other – you can make the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads or hands while you say “God Bless you’ or say a blessing of some sort over them.

Other things to do…

Draw on stones

What you’ll need: rocks or stones, pens or chalk to draw on them.

Draw a symbol of today’s passage on your stone (it could be a crowing rooster or the words ‘I didn’t know him’)

Instead of using stones you could draw on bricks or your driveway or footpath or other paved area. You could even just cut up cardboard boxes or paper to make some ‘stones. There will be a new thing to draw on the stones each day of Holy Week, so see if you can find enough for the whole week. If you’re using your footpath, or paved area, you’ll have a mural at the end of the week.

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Mosaic from https://www.strandz.org.nz/uploads/4/6/5/9/46590535/mosaic_resource.pdf

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Your highs and lows

READ

Matthew 26: 36 – 46

In this passage we read that Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. While he was there, he prayed for God’s will to be done.

TALK

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PRAY

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Purple – Praise God, Red – Say Sorry, Orange – Thank God, Yellow – ask God to help others, Green – ask God to help you, Blue – Listen to God and say Amen.

BLESS

Bless each other – you can make the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads or hands while you say “God Bless you’ or say a blessing of some sort over them.

Other things to do…

Draw on stones

What you’ll need: rocks or stones, pens or chalk to draw on them.

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Instead of using stones you could draw on bricks or your driveway or footpath or other paved area. You could even just cut up cardboard boxes or paper to make some ‘stones. There will be a new thing to draw on the stones each day of Holy Week, so see if you can find enough for the whole week. If you’re using your footpath, or paved area, you’ll have a mural at the end of the week.

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The Last Supper

SHARE

Your highs and lows

READ

Matthew 26:17-30 or Watch The Story of Easter (The Last Supper) attached

TALK

- Talk about the elements of worship that you see in this passage. What elements do you see in worship when we celebrate and practice communion? Are there any the same? Different?

- What stands out for you in this passage?

- What do you think this passage tells us about God/Jesus?

- Who could you share this story with today? What will you tell them about it?

PRAY

Pray with and for each other – you could use the rainbow prayer as a guide.

Purple – Praise God, Red – Say Sorry, Orange – Thank God, Yellow – ask God to help others, Green – ask God to help you, Blue – Listen to God and say Amen.

BLESS

Bless each other – you can make the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads or hands while you say “God Bless you’ or say a blessing of some sort over them.

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Draw a symbol of today’s passage on your stone (it could be bread, cup, food, a table, people gathering together)

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