Monday, January 19, 2009

Why A Skit on Sunday Morning??

This AM during the worship time, our 5 "skitters" from Bible Release Time presented their most recent skit to the congregation - complete with the sound (loud) of breaking glass, screaming kids, and a Bible lesson about the Unmerciful Servant.

So, why a skit on Sunday AM?

#1. Just for fun.

#2. To give the audience a taste of Bible Release Time. This is just one of many OBC ministries.

#3. To illustrate the relevance of Scripture. 2 Tim. 3:16 It's useful for...... 2 Tim. 3:17 - specific principles are in God's Word.

Scripture may be old and other cultural, but
A. It contains eternal principles
B. It has universal application

Therefore, if you are exposed to scripture and open to the Holy Spirit, it will result in conviction.

#4. To encourage you to use your gifts. 1 Pet. 4:10 1 Cor. 12:4-7, 11
All God's people have God-given gifts and talents and we are to use them intentionally.

But, remember, do "ministry without strings" BUT "not without purpose."
Everyone can be used, but you have to be doing in order to be used.

#5. To remind us that reaching children must remain a priority at Octavia Baptist Church.
This doesn't mean everyone should be involved in children's ministry.
But, you should be aware of the need and support the efforts.

Statistics show that, worldwide, between 60 & 80% of respondents to the gospel are under the age of 12.

A child is 8 times more likely to accept Christ at age 5-12 years than as a teen.

Researchers claim that moral and spiritual development begins as early as 2 years of age.

Moral and spiritual foundations generally are determined by the age of 9.

Spiritual identity is largely established by the age of 13.

This doesn't mean that a person can't change after 13, but the point being, they MUST change - their lifestyle, way of thinking, way of doing things, etc. Which is difficult.

Someone who is brought up in a Christian home and who has been trained in the Christian faith from early on, still has to make a conscious decision to accept Christ, but their lifestyle and way of thinking won't have to change very much or at all, because they are already following Godly principles and a Godly life style.

What is God's Will for your life?
That you be:
1. in Christ
2. In fellowship - with God and with other believers
3. in church
4. in-volved - in promoting the Kingdom
5. in-tense.

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