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Kid Evangelism: Eyes on the Prize

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The item created quite a stir: a prize to be coveted.

Who would win it? Where would they put it? How long before a parent tossed it in the trash?

I teach an evangelism/drama class for 8-13 year-olds at my church and the homework is to hand out one tract a day for the duration of the class. Also, I write a little humorous evangelism-oriented script for them to act out in front of the parents which they perform on the last day of class. The purpose of this class is two-fold: Obviously, I want the children to develop a zeal for the lost; I also want their parents to follow the children’s example. When the skit is performed, the audience gets to hear a clear presentation of the use of the Law and Gospel in a witnessing encounter.

Back to the prize. As an added incentive, each time the kids write a paragraph about their experience handing out a tract, they get points, which earns them candy. The top of the class wins this awesome, beautiful, majestic, Grand Prize Trophy:

 Eat your heart out, folks!

Here’s a sample script. Feel free to use this for your own kid-evangelism class. Email me if you would like my other scripts.

Eternity & Your Friends

Cast of characters:

Chris and Jamey are Christian kids.

Allen and Joey are obnoxious boys

Sally and Billy are two very good girls

 

 Chris: “How are all of you doing?”

 

Jamey: Yeah, how’s it goin’ you guys?

 

Allen : “Awful!”

 

Sally: I’m great!

 

Billy: I’m cool, dude!

 

Joey: Why do you care?

 

Chris: Well, we want to give each of you a million dollars!

 

Jamey: There is enough for everybody! (She hands them out to each person.)

 

Allen, Sally, Billy:These are sooo cool!

 

Joey: These are lame; they’re not real.

 

Chris: Yeah, but what is on the back is real!

 

Jamey: Do you know the Million dollar question?

 

Joey:(Reading the back of the bill) “The million dollar question: Will you go to Heaven? Here’s a quick test…” Ahh, I’m going to Hell.

 

Allen: Me too.

 

Sally: Not me!

 

Billy: Me neither. I’m going to Heaven because I’m a good Person!

 

Chris: Do you think you’ve kept the 10 Commandments?

 

Allen: Not me. I can’t keep anything. I had a goldfish once and I dropped it, and accidentally stepped on it.

 

Sally & Billy:We’ve kept all of them. We are gooood persons!!!

 

Joey: No you’re not. I know both of you! They’re lying! They’re lying!

 

Jamey: Well let’s find out if you are good persons. Have you ever told a lie?

 

Sally & Billy: No!

 

Allen & Joey: Liars, liars, pants on fire!

 

Sally: Yes I’ve lied.

 

Billy: Me too…

 

Chris: What does that make you?

 

Sally & Billy: Liars.

 

Allen & Joey: HA,Ha,Ha,Ha, Ha!!! Told ya! Ha Ha..ha..ha!

 

Chris: Ever stolen anything or hated anyone?

 

Sally: Just a cookie.

 

Billy: A penny from my brother.

 

Allen: (To Joey) I hate you!

 

Joey: (To Allen) I hate you too! (They start pushing each other around.)

 

Jamey: Jesus says that if you hate someone, then that is murder.

 

Chris: And if you’ve stolen one thing then that makes you a thief.

 

Sally: Then that makes us… Liars… thieves… and…

 

Joey: MURDERERS!! MURDERERS!

 

Billy: I guess we are not good people after all.

 

Allen: We knew that!

 

Joey: Yep!

 

Chris: The Bible says that if you break just one Commandment then that is sin.

 

Billy: And if you are found guilty on Judgment Day, you will go to Hell forever!

 

Joey: You’re not kidding?

 

Allen: Oh no. I’m guilty.

 

Sally & Billy: We are too.  (On their knees begging) What must we do to be saved?!!!

 

Chris: The 10 Commandments leave all us all guilty before God.

 

Joey & Allen: (On their knees begging) What must we do to be saved?!!!

 

Jamey: You must repent. Turn away from your sins.

 

Chris: And trust in Jesus. “For God so loved the world…”

 

Sally, Billy, Allen, Joey: “…that He gave his one and only Son, that whosoever should believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life!”

 

Jamey: (Astonished) You know that verse?

 

Chris: (Astonished, too.) How in the world do you know that verse?

 

Jamey: You guys seemed so ornery and clueless!

 

Chris: What’s up with that?

 

Joey: It’s a simple explanation, really.

 

Allen: It’s quite elementary, my dear Watson.

 

Chris & Jamey: Then tell us! Tell us!

 

Allen, Sally, Billy, Joey: WE’RE PASTORS’ KIDS!!! 

9 Comments

  1. Read the script. Wonderful! I wonder who wrote it. 😉

  2. Eye on the prize? There is only one object our eyes should be stayed on: Jesus Christ Lord. If we have accepted him as Saviour and fully submitted to him, his light / life / love will fill us to overflowing, touching all we come into contact with. There is no need for classes / props / things: our sharing will be the natural outcropping of that which has filled us up! Study the first century church: they grew in the grace and truth of Christ and unbelievers were amazed and drawn to them because of their love for each other and those on the outside.

  3. HA!HA!HA!

  4. Linda: Is it possible to teach with a little incentive? Is there room for fun in faith?

  5. Linda wrote:
    Eye on the prize? There is only one object our eyes should be stayed on: Jesus Christ Lord. If we have accepted him as Saviour and fully submitted to him, his light / life / love will fill us to overflowing, touching all we come into contact with. There is no need for classes / props / things: our sharing will be the natural outcropping of that which has filled us up! Study the first century church: they grew in the grace and truth of Christ and unbelievers were amazed and drawn to them because of their love for each other and those on the outside.
    ————————————————————————————
    I do believe that like you wrote, people WILL be naturally drawn to Christians because of our love and that they see that “something” that is different in our lives that they will want, too. Steve tells of an example of that very thing in one of his messages he preached at his church. Just paraphrasing from memory but Steve had a neighbor (not sure how close) that saw that love, that overflow in him and in his family that the neighbor recognized he did not have in his own life. The guy actually came to Steve. Unfortunately, a couple of weeks later, the neighbor was dead. There was no real time after the conversation to develop a relation to show him the love of Christ.

    If you were driving along, and saw a major crash — no one else was there but you and the crash victims. You grab the cell, dial 911 and call for help. You plead for them to hurry because you see the victims don’t have much time . . . they are actually dying. You quickly see what’s happening but you are not sure whether these folks are saved or not — or you quickly determine “not saved” by what they are saying. You realize in three minutes, these people will be dead. What do you say to them? You don’t have any time to develop any relationship with them to get to a place where you can share the salvation plan. I am sure they would see the love of Jesus as you look at them, realizing they are dying, saw the love in you as you called 911 for them, but again, you have three minutes left to share the gospel.

    In this scenario, this is why training to share the gospel is so important. If you have been taught, you can very quickly and strategically share the important elements to salvation. Whether you are a kiddo, in the middle years, closer to the backside of life (like me, now over 50) and even those who have retired and are well along in years, sound training makes you an effective witness. You may say, “That sounds so clinical. The love of Christ should just flow from us. God will give us the right words to say at that moment” It can sound very clinical. But like a doctor who has a cure, we have a sick world to reach out to, and most times, no time to show most people the love we have in us. Sharing in a resturant with wait staff, or on a convenience store clerk, whatever situation we have, it is sooo fast. A clear, concise plan of action can plant a seed or completely lead a person to repentance.

    I’m not completely disagreeing with you, I’m not . . . I just think sound training can help, too.

    However we reach out to the lost . . . how can the lost hear if no one goes to them? Sounds like each of us here are all trying to do our part in reaching those who are headed for hell.

  6. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it Steve. I will give it to a friend of mine who teaches this age group every Wednesday night.

  7. Great Jenny. I hope that this will be helpful to her!

  8. I like Pastors’ kids they are nice.

  9. Wow…Great Skit….Too bad its not the Pastors Kids who are witnessing…
    This would also be a great video to watch and show at Churches…

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