I was reading Timothy because this is what your lesson is about today. In doing so, I read the following...
2 Timothy 3:16
All that is written in the holy writings comes from the Spirit of God. The holy writings are good for these things: to teach people, to show them when they are wrong, to make them see what is right, and to teach them to do what is right.
WOW! This is really something. EVERYTHING!? Can it be? Should we test this?
Do not testify falsely or gossip against your neighbor.
Hmm.. Does that sound like good advice? Has anyone here ever said things about someone which were not helpful?
[Hopefully, you'll get some good feedback.]
According to Deuteronomy 5:20, you did wrong and we are encouraged not to do this. Sounds like 2 Timothy 3:16 was right.
Let's try another.
Jesus called out to them, "Come, be my disciples, and I will show you how to fish for people!"
[Props: Fishing rod, fishing hat, a sack with maybe a stuffed fish in it. Maybe end of fishing rod tied to fish and you can reel fish out of sack and to you.]
How can that be helpful? Isn't Jesus just talking to his disciples only? What has this to do with us? What is this "fish for people thing"? I think my fishing rod would BREAK if I hooked even a baby, much less grown up big people.
[Looking for some more good feedback.]
Could it be fishing is another way of saying, "telling people about Jesus"? If this be so, then wouldn't all our missionaries be true FISHERMEN cause they "Fish for Men"? So, this sounds like good advice too.
Is this fun? Let's try one more.
"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. The old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the wineskins."
Now what sort of talk is that? How is that possibly going to teach us what is right, what we're doing wrong, and encourage us to do better? I am confused. Who can help me here?
[Don't expect a lot of good answers here, but, with the success with the first two verses, you may have more guesses.]
What do you figure the wineskins might represent? Is it possible the we are wineskins?
What do you figure the new wine represents? If we are wineskins, then what would be the new wine? Is it possible this new wine might be the Holy Spirit? The Spirit of God?
What's the difference about old wineskins and new wineskins?
How many of you have been baptized? If you have been baptized, how about standing up.
Do you children who have been baptized remember when you were baptized? Wasn't there a change?
[Invite a child up and, while talking, get them ready so you can do a virtual baptism right there, without the water.]
When we claim Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are asking for this New Wine to come into our lives. But if we don't change from our old bad habits then we won't see the wonderful change in our lives we are expecting. That is why, when we are baptized, we are said to be reborn. When we baptized, we take a deep breath, fall back into the water, and then are brought back up as a New Creation. A New Wineskin. A new vessel. From this point forth, our lives are new and different.
Today, I want you children who are standing to think about your baptism, the commitment you made before you were baptized, and remembering the feelings you had when you were baptized. Please say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for his filling you with the Holy Spirit and how He has changed your life. After the prayer you can come forward to take Communion, which serves to REFILL your soul with more New Wine!
Let us pray.