Mon, April 23, 2018

God So Loved

This reading would work better if it were memorized, but a familiarity with the script will make it work too. It is done looking at the audience, but the two characters are obviously talking to each other too. The tone should be somewhat conversational. The multiple “wows” should be spoken as if you are amazed, almost in awe.

1. God loves

2. Fascinating isn’t it; that God loves

1. this is the Great Ruler of the universe, the Creator of all things, the King of kings and the Lord of lord

2. and yet He loves me

1. (pause) He loves me

2. but not only me; God love everyone

1. For God so loved the world

2. The world? God loves the whole world?

1. For God so loved the world

2. Even the mean people God loves even the mean people

1. For God so loved the whole world

2. Wow!

1. (pause) but how do I know, how do I know that this God who throws His love around to everyone really knows me? How do I know that He loves me

2. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son

1. He did what?

2. He gave His one and only Son

1. For me? He gave His only Son for me?

2. God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son

1. Amazing! He gave His one and only Son for me (pause) and for you.

2. But why?

1. What?

2. Why? Why would He do it?

1. So that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

2. Oh, you mean heaven

1. No, more than that—eternal life

2. (matter of factly) heaven

1. Now eternal life starting right now

2. Really?

1. He came so that we could have life and have it more abundantly—an abundant life now!

2. Abundant life? And eternal life?

1. Yep

2. Wow!

1. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

2. God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. (GW)

1. This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only son. (pause) And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. (THE MESSAGE)

2. For God so loves—you.

 

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About Me

I don't have all of the answers and some weeks it feels like I don't have any of the answers. I forget students names sometimes and say stupid things that hurt their feelings. I often find a good word picture or object lesson and build the lesson off of that instead of the other way around. I have put the finishing touches on a Wednesday night Bible study on Wednesday more times than I can count. I don't always pray as much as I should and I never study as much as I should. I try every new youth ministry model that comes from the "experts" and I have had at least 3 mission statements over the past 5 years.

But I love students ministry. I love watching teenagers as they serve God. I love to see them worship and forget about themselves for a while. I love seeing someone wake up to the love of God if only for a little while. I love to see them out serving their community and sharing the love of Christ with others. I love to be a part of their lives and I love seeing the world through their eyes. Like I said, I'm an average youth pastor.

About Nailscars.com

For over 10 years now I have been trying to add creative ideas for use in the local church. In the early days Nailscars.com was just a place to publish some scripts, but it has become a collection of creative ministry resources for youth ministry and worship.

I began writing a blog more to process my own thoughts more than anything else. As I started writing the comments that I got back from people amazed me. As I was honest with my struggles most of them would write and say “Thank you.” “It is just nice to know someone else struggles with these same things,” was a common response.

So this has become a place where I share the struggles and successes of being in youth ministry. I hope that you find something that God can use in your life and ministry.