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

Friday, September 24, 2010

And they'll know we are Christians by our...

Acts 4

I scratch at the ground with my feet & peck with my beak.
What am I?
I bark at squirrels and chase cars.
What am I?
I wear big shoes, juggle, and make people laugh.
What am I?

If you answeered a chicken, a dog, and a DAD, you're right!
JK.  Although some dad's might feel like they live
with the circus, you know the last answer is a "clown."

In class this week, we played Charades.
It was fun and funny to see the students act out
particular animal actions.
For the most part, it was very easy
to guess what each student was.

As Believers of Jesus Christ,
people should be able to easily guess Who we believe in
because of how we ACT or how we BEHAVE.
Many many times, our actions speak louder than our words.
As we know from Acts 2:42-47
(quick!  Grab your Bible & reread it!)
the New Church was set apart from all others
because of their ACTIONS.

Remember how we talked a couple of weeks ago
about TAKING ACTION with our faith?

The Early Church set the perfect example of
taking action with their faith.
Acts 4:32b says,
"They shared everything they had."
God doesn't expect everyone
to give away everything they own.
(Although He might ask SOME people to do this.)
As Believers, God does expect us to
give cheerfully (2 Cor. 9:7) when asked to give.
And most of the time,
He expects us to give without being asked.

We know God loves us. (John 3:16)
Do others know we love them?

The students were challenged this week
to cheerfully give of themselves.
Since we're not being asked
to give everything we have,
we can certainly give from every portion of our heart.

When they are asked to help with an unpleasant task,
they have been challenged to react
as the Early Church reacted;
OUTRAGEOUSLY pleasant and happy to help.
Only good attitudes.



Anytime you pick up a remote
or turn on any kind of entertainment divise,
(such as a video game, MP3 player, telephone, etc.)
think "MOM"

Put down the remote and go ask your mom,
"Is there anything I can do for you right now?"
Not just once... everytime.

The Early Church was outragious with their giving
because Jesus had given outrageously to them.
He gave his life.
"Greater love has no one than this,
that He lay down His life for His friends."  John 15:13
They were given SALVATION; new life!


Are we "outrageous" with our giving?
Do others know our God is an outrageous Giver
because of our ACTIONS?

Will you give your faith ACTION
and give to others the gifts Jesus has given to you?
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness."  Gal. 5:22

It is my prayer that each and every student
know the Saving Gift of Jesus Christ
and can share the fruits of the Spirit
with others as well as their families.