Stereotypes

In this corner: Harold, church warden, board member, businessman. Grey suit and tie , starched shirt, thick glasses.

In that corner ; Josh , would -be radical , always off on some wild project to save the world, usually involving loud music. Out of the date Mohican haircut , ripped jeans, T-shirt, earring.

Mohican sizes up Suit: “He ‘ll turn me down before I even ask. Old people are like that. Narrow-minded, afraid of anything new,”

Suit sizes up Mohican: “ Oh dear. Here we go. Another daft idea. And if I say no, he'll call me old-fashioned.”

“ Hello, Josh. What ‘s up?”

“ We want to fix up the old scout hut for a place to have a weekly Bible Study.” Suit frowns.

So does Mohican. “I knew it,” he thinks. “ You think we can't be trusted.”

“Hmmm,” Suit muses. These kids’ clothes are certainly peculiar, but their hearts are in the right place.”  

“Sounds like an exceent idea to me,” Suit finally says. “What's your first topic?”

Mohican is down for the count . “Er , the importance of the prayer,” he manages to get out.

“Now that's a subject I always need help with , Suit says.

“ Well,” Mohican grins, “why don't you join us some time?”

Though people may be different on the outside , they ate the same in Jesus Christ . Read this truth in Galatians 3:23-29.

Bible Text
Galatians 3:23-29.

23NIV:Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.
24NIV:So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith.
25NIV:Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
26NIV:So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,
27NIV:for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
28NIV:There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29NIV:If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Questions to Consider
  • How are Suit and Mohican - or as it says in this passage, a Jew and a Greek - no different in different in Christ?
  • What criteria have you used to judge another Christian?

Motion Points
  • Tearing out pictures of five different types of people from magazine. On each picture , write five ideas that you have about people like that person. Check your ideas by getting to know people in each category.
  • Visiting a church with a different culture. For example , if you are from an Anglican church , visit a Pentecostal church.

Hymn for Today
I Have Decided To Follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back.
Further Reading
  • Romans 2:28-29
  • 2 Corinthians 5:11-12
  • 1 Samuel 16:1-13

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