Prayer, Care, Share
Do three things to help people know about Jesus.
Think of people you know who are not yet believers in Jesus. Write each of the words, Prayer, Care, and Share on a separate index card or piece of paper. Using each of the cards, brainstorm ways you can help others to become part of God’s family.
Prayer: Pray for them by name. We can tell them the good news, but only God can save someone. Pray:
* That they will be convinced they are sinners.
* That they will understand the truth about Jesus.
* For a chance to share the good news about Jesus with them.
Care: Be kind to them. Listen and be a friend to them. Make a treat (cookies, brownies, etc.) to share with them. Invite them on an outing with you. Offer to help them in some way (babysit kids while Mom and Dad have a night out).
Share: Review the truths that one needs to believe (list below). Share them with each other first. Then actually ask, “Can I share some good news with you?”
Truths to know:
God loves you (John 3:16).
All have sinned and gone their own way (Romans 3:23).
Jesus died for your sins (Romans 5:8).
Believe in Jesus and receive Him into your life (John 1:12).
Stand on the Truth
Paul told the Galatians to stand firm in the truth about the way to be right with God. They could never be right with God by keeping a bunch of rules. They could never be good enough to be saved. He wanted them to KNOW and STAND FIRM in the truth that we are saved by faith in Jesus.
Ask a volunteer to stand on one foot. Try to topple him over. Ask him to stand on both feet and be ready for you. It should be harder to knock him over.
How are we saved? How can we be right with God? Is it by being good? Is it by keeping God’s rules?
We know the way to be right with God is by believing and accepting what Jesus did on the cross. When we know the truth, it is harder to be swayed by wrong ideas.
Christ Changes Us
Play a little game to see if kids can pick out the change each one made in their appearance. Ask each person to find a partner and look carefully at one another. Then have them turn their back and make a simple change. (It can be as simple as putting a strand of hair behind their ear or rolling up a sleeve.) When they turn around, see if their partner can tell what has been changed. Pick new partners and play a few more rounds.
Was it hard or easy to see the change?
Paul told the Corinthians that followers of Christ should look differently (not physically) than they used to. Before they became a part of God’s family, they did many wrong things. Lying, stealing, coveting, worshipping idols, and more should not be part of their new life in Christ. Old things are passed away and there should be a change (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Could someone tell by your behavior that you are a follower of Christ?