Respect

Jacob had a new watch and he was eager to show it to people at church.  Jacob’s Bible class teacher was talking to another adult member  when Jacob came in between them and said, “Look at my new watch” and began to talk about it.

  • Do you think Jacob was being rude?  Why or why not?
  • Was it wrong for Jacob to show people his new watch?
  • What should Jacob have done if he wanted to show his teacher the watch?
  • Was Jacob showing respect to those who are older?  Explain.

Pressure to be Baptized

The church where you attend is having a gospel meeting. The preacher is very interesting and his message is motivating many people to serve God.

Neither you nor any of your friends in your Bible class have been baptized. On Thursday of the meeting, one of your classmates is baptized. On Friday, two other classmates go to the front of the church building to be baptized.

Though you love God, you do not feel that you are ready to become a Christian but your two good friends are baptized and there are only a couple of people in class who have not been baptized.

What should you do?

Praying Out Loud

Junior is a very conscientious person. He tries to obey God’s word and prays to God often. It is his habit to pray to God for the food before his meal.

One day, he read in the Bible that Jesus did not like those who prayed loud in public so they could bring attention to themselves, Matthew 6:5-6. He could see how someone could use something so precious as prayer to make himself look good before others.

On Sunday after church, the family went to a restaurant and Junior’s father wanted to say a prayer before they had their meal. Junior was not sure if this was right to do?

What do you think?  Discuss it with your parents and see what they think.

What Do You Think He Should Do?

Playing in Church

Rhoda has several good friends at church. She enjoys going to class with them and spending time with them outside of the services.

However, one thing has been bothering her. When they are in the worship service they usually sit on their own pew. Often, her friends will point to other people in the church, whisper a joke, and giggle. They will whisper the joke down the line so that all know it. They may giggle at the song leader for leading the song too high or low, or something said in the prayer.

During the sermon, her friends will often write notes to one another, draw pictures, and whisper. She does not think it is proper behavior when they are supposed to be worshipping God. What should she do?

Play Ball! Or Not?

You are in a tough situation.  You play baseball and are one of the star players on the team.  Your team has done so well that you may be able to go to the playoffs.  You have one game left and it is against your main rivals.  The winner of the game will get to go to the playoffs.  Unfortunately, the game is on Wednesday night.  You know you should not miss church services but the coach tells you this is an important game and the team is depending on you.  He reminds you that everyone has worked so hard this season to have the opportunity to go to the playoffs.  “After all,” he says, “what will missing just one service hurt?”

  1. If you did not go, what would you tell your coach?
  2. If you did not go, what would you tell your team?
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