SCRIPTURE: ESTHER 4:14 AND MARK 9:38-41
(You will need a small bottle of water for each child)
Today weíre going to hear some Bible stories that help us understand what it means to serve on Godís team. The first story is from the book of Esther. Does anyone remember that story? Who can tell me what happened? Yes, thatís right; Esther became a Queen and helped save her people. When she was afraid, her uncle, Mordecai, told her that perhaps God had brought her to that place for just such a time Ė she was put there to serve on Godís team and help her people.
In the next story, from the book of Mark, some of the disciples were complaining to Jesus about a man who was driving out demons in Jesusí name. They wanted Jesus to make him stop, because he wasnít on their team of disciples. Does anyone know what Jesus told them? Jesus said, ďDonít stop him, because whoever is not against us is for us.Ē Then he told them that anyone who offers a cup of water to someone in His name is part of His team and will be blessed.
I bet a lot of you have a sports team you support, donít you? If you are for
(insert team name), please stand up. How about (team name)
- please stand up. (team name)? (team name)? If you support any other team please stand Ė and if you donít really have any favorite team, please stand up too! Now, even though we support so many different sports teams, we are all still on one special team Ė does anybody know whose team that is? Thatís right, we are all on Godís team, and He tells us that he wants us to show we are on His team by serving others in His name.