"Do not just hear the Word of God and think hearing is enough. DO what it says!" James 1:22

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Say Hello to...

Today was our first day of class
and we had so much fun getting to know one another!

We talked about the kinds of questions
one might ask when they first meet someone.
Here are just a few the students came up with...

What's your name?
How old are you?
What's your favorite things?
What's your favorite sport or activity?
Do you go to church?
Are you a Christian?

After we thought of questions that
people might ask in getting to know one another,
everyone selected a piece of ribbon
from my stash of ribbons.
Every two students had the exact same size ribbon.
Those two students were paired up
and were asked to "get to know each other"
by asking some of the questions
that had been written on the board.

Hmmmm... in some cases, it wasn't so easy.
Speaking to others (especially if we don't know them)
can be somewhat uncomfortable at times.
Still for some of the students,
this seemed to have come very easily.

Once the students in pairs
were able to "get to know each other,"
they were asked to INTRODUCE their partner.
For those that found this activity a bit uncomfortable,
they decided they needed more time to ask more questions.

After a bit more time,
everyone took turns introducing their partner
and we all had fun saying HELLLLLOOOOOOO
to our new (and some familiar) friends.
The idea behind this activity was for the students
to understand that
IT IS somewhat uncomfortable
speaking to people we don't know.
And although we NEVER talk to strangers,
when a new student comes to class
 or a new person comes to church,
it's our job to make them feel welcome
by "getting to know" them
and SHARING CHRIST'S LOVE with them.

Through our study of Acts,
we will see first hand how the Apostles
did this very thing...
they spoke to MANY people they did not know.
They shared Christ's love with
many people who did not know Jesus.
The disciples may have felt uncomfortable just like we did.
But we will learn the disciples
didn't share the Gospel through their own abilities.
They shared because the Holy Spirit
gave them the POWER and COMFORT (or grace)
to share the love of Jesus
"to the ends of the earth."
It is my prayer that God's amazing grace
will be showered upon these students in CBS
and we will know the power
of His wonderful Holy Spirit
so that we too
can boldly share the love of Christ with others.