DRAWING: Girl to a Candle (drawing below)TEXT: “You are the light of the world…” Matthew 5:14
SYNOPSIS: Philip met an Ethiopian man and told him about Jesus. This man became a believer. (Acts 8:26-40)
1 How many of you have ever told someone else about Jesus?
2 What do you think of when you hear the word “witnessing?”
3 Are adults the only people who can help others be saved?
4 How did you first hear about Jesus?
Begin drawing girl.
Today, I want to tell you a Bible story that is about you. It goes like this: one day a man was riding along in his chariot. This man was from the country of Ethiopia. That is in Africa. He was an important man – in charge of all the money of the Candace, the Ethiopian Queen.
As he was riding along, he was reading from the Bible. He was reading from the book of Isaiah. But this man had a problem. He did not understand what he was reading. He needed someone to help him understand it. He needed someone to explain it to him.
Meanwhile, an angel appeared to one of Jesus’ disciples. This disciple was named Philip. Have you ever heard of Philip before? He followed Jesus and loved Him very much. The angel told Philip to go to a certain road – the one between Jerusalem and Gaza. Philip did not ride in a car or take a bus – those things were not invented yet. Instead, he ran!
On this road, Philip saw the chariot of the Ethiopian man. Philip ran up beside the chariot. When he saw the man reading the scripture, Philip asked him if he understood it. The man invited Philip into the chariot. He invited Philip to explain the scripture to him.
Philip explained that what the Ethiopian was reading was all about Jesus. Philip convinced him that Jesus is the Messiah. Philip told the Ethiopian man that he, too, could be part of God’s family all because of Jesus’ life and his death on the cross.The Ethiopian man was very excited! He asked if he could become a Christian right there! That day, he became a part of God’s family.
If necessary, complete the drawing of the girl at this time. Fold the paper back along one dotted line. Match the dotted lines together to form the final image of a candle.
Philip let his light shine for Jesus. He did this by telling others about Jesus, and inviting them to become a part of God’s family. I told you this Bible story would be about you, didn’t I? That’s because the Bible tells us that we are the light of the world. God expects us to shine our light, just like Philip did! He wants us to share the good news of Jesus with everyone we meet.Copyright © 2002 Gregory L. Lichi
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