Can I Get A Witness

THEME

Image-Reflecting: Telling your friends about Jesus.

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Matthew 28:19a

Go and make disciples of all nations.

NOTES

When Liz's cousin Herbert comes back home for a visit, he challenges Liz and Lucille to be better witnesses. But they find it difficult to do with their friends. Instead, they end up having a great conversation about their faith with a kid they don't know.

It's harder to witness to people who know us because they know how often we don't act like the Christians we claim to be. And sometimes we think we know them so well that we assume that they wouldn't be interested. I once had a woman tell me that she had been waiting for an invitation to church for 50 years-finally someone asked, and she became a Christian. When we witness we need to be willing to be open about our own failings and need for Jesus; and we need to be willing to extend the invitation to Bible study, or church, or to conversations about faith. Finally, we need to pray. Liz never knew that Spike was waiting for an invitation to Bible study until he actually extended the invitation. Lucille continued to be Lacey's friend and to pray for her, even though she showed little interest in spiritual things. God prepares hearts to hear his words, but we are charged with telling the story. May we be faithful to that calling.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Who is Herbert?
A. Liz's cousin who is in the Army.

Q. Why didn't Liz invite Spike to Bible study at first?
A. He didn't think he would want to come.

Q. Why did Lucille lie about her CD?
A. Because she wanted to talk to Lacey about her faith, not listen to the CD.

Q. What did Muzzle say about himself?
A. That he was clumsy and no good.

Q. What did Liz and Lucille tell him?
A. That he was wrong and that God loves him.

GOOD QUESTION

This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Q.
Why is it so important to pray when we witness? Who is really responsible for someone becoming a Christian?
A.
Only the heart that is prepared by the Holy Spirit can hear and respond to Jesus. We certainly don't want to do anything that would hinder the work of the Spirit--unChristian behavior, hypocrisy, etc.-but we can be model Christians and still not get through to someone who hasn't been made ready by the Spirit. (See John 3: 1-8; 1 Corinthians 2:14, 3:5-9; Titus 3:5,6).

SO WHAT?

Make a list of people you know who do not know Jesus. Pray for each person on that list every day this week. Choose one person on the list whom you will invite to church, or Bible study, or youth group this week.
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