Conversation Starters: God’s Promise of a New Home
Posted by Karah
THE BIBLE MEETS LIFE: None of us have an idyllic life. We’re pulled down by failures,
disappointing relationships, and problems in a world full of sin and insecurity. Thankfully, this world is not all there is. The closing chapters of the Book of Revelation show us that God provides a permanent home where He will dwell with those in His family. It is a home with no health issues, insecurities, or sin. In Christ, we are promised the perfect home with Him.
Concept: God’s Promise of a New Home
2 Samuel 5-8
LIFE POINT: David became king over all of Israel. David took over Jerusalem and lived there. When some people (Philistines) heard David was king of Israel, they decided to fight against him. David asked God if he should fight them. God told him “Yes.” God led the Israelites to win the fight. David led the people to worship God. David and all of the
Israelite people were happy when the box with God’s rules (ark of the covenant) was carried into Jerusalem. The people played musical instruments while David danced. David gave things to God in love and thankfulness and said good words about the people to God.
LIVE IT OUT: Tape a photo of your child onto a piece of construction paper. Let her decorate around the picture using markers. Print I am special to God at the top of the page. Display the picture where your child can see it.
2 Samuel 5-8
LIFE POINT: After Saul died, the leaders came to David. “God said that you should be our king,” they said. They crowned David as their king. David led the army in many battles. He was brave and smart. He trusted God to help him. He took care of his people. David led his people to bring the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem. David helped the people worship God. He praised God. He gave offerings. He gathered things for the building of a place to worship God.
LIVE IT OUT: Did you know that God has a plan for your child’s life? Help your child know that God’s plan is for everyone to know Jesus and accept God’s forgiveness. Help your child think about other plans God may have for his life.
THE POINT: A life in Christ means a life with Christ forever. What tough experiences have you had that make you look forward to heaven? How can the truths we read
about heaven influence our lives now? Discuss the following quote:
“My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world.”1 —Billy Graham
LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to do one or both Live It Out activities. Here are some suggested ways to help your student:
If he or she plans to complete Eternal Perspective:
• Share a prayer of thankfulness with your student.
If he or she plans to complete Eternity-Focused:
• Adopt an eternity-focused perspective in your family by serving together.
1. Billy Graham, “Billy Graham > Quotes,” Goodreads [online], [accessed 16 March 2015]. Available from the Internet: www.goodreads.com/quotes/370772-my-home-is-in-heaven-i-m-just-traveling-through-this