Today was recap day from the prior weeks’ lessons and…how are you going to share your faith? We started by showing various famous brand logos and slogans. To make it relevant we included Claro, Tigo, and of course Pollo Campero!
We asked the kids to remember as many positive aspects of Christianity from the prior weeks’ sessions. And from there they were to create a logo and slogan to promote Christianity.
They remembered how God loves us unconditionally, our sins are forgiven, we have power through the Holy Spirit, we have access to God through prayer, we gain wisdom and strength through our relationship with God, we receive gifts as well as fruit of the Spirit, and of course eternal life.
The five groups came up with some pretty cool logos and slogans.
We read John 3: 1-21 and then gave the kids an opportunity to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior if they did not have the opportunity prior to today. It was a quiet room as they prayed the sinner’s prayer and we in turn prayed for these young lives.
We explained to the kids that as believers and followers of Jesus Christ, it is our responsibility to share this good news.
One of the high school students assisted us in a short drama where we acted out good ways to share the news, and awful ways to share the news. We have to admit that the youth got a pretty big kick out of the bad examples. (OK so did we!)
To conclude, we coached the kids on how best to share their faith:
- Live it out. Our actions should reflect our words. We should put other persons’ best interest or well-being ahead of ours. We need to remember the two main commandments: love God and love your neighbor. (Matt 5:14-16)
- Be prepared. When others have questions or doubts we should be prepared to address them. Reading the Bible is crucial. Other resources are also available to grow in your faith. (1 Peter 3:15)
- Share! We are not all gifted with preaching. However, a rich testimony of how our lives have changed as a result of Jesus Christ being in the center is always exciting to hear. Invite others to hear the Truth - be it through a church service, Bible study, youth or children’s group, etc.
- PRAY! Pray that others’ eyes and hearts be open to receive the Truth. (2 Cor 4:4)
Using the whiteboard we showed the kids that if we each shared the Gospel with two people, and then they shared with two more people, and so on and so forth, that many more people would become part of ‘the family’. All it takes is some courage (from the Holy Spirit) and practice.
One light can improve a darkened area, but when there are many lights working together for a common goal? Now THAT is one heck of a light. One changed life can lead to a changed family, to a changed classroom, to a changed village, to a changed country, etc.
We darkened the room and gave each child a candle. We lit one candle, then shared the light with our neighbor. The entire room was lit up with the glow of our candles. It was a very obvious way to get the message across and the kids were very receptive to it.
We have two more weeks remaining in the ALPHA Youth material, then we switch to Jesus’ parables.
Once again, thanks for praying for us as we continue to speak into these young lives. It is such an encouragement to know that you are journeying along with us! Pray that this week’s message will saturate these kids’ hearts, and that they accept Jesus into their hearts.