The Middle Years Ministry

THE MIDDLE YEARS MINISTRY is a Site Dedicated to Providing Resources, Ideas, and Help to Next Generation Pastors, Leader, Directors, Teachers, Mentors. Our goal is to MEET YOU in the MIDDLE in the Middle Years
, the Pivotal 5th-9th Grade Years. The middle ground between children’s ministry and high school ministry. The age where 85% of people make their final life-long faith decisions.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Illustration: "What Kind of Light are You?"

What You Need: 5 Different Kinds of Light Bulbs and a Lamp

What You are Teaching: Matt. 5:14-16 
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others,that they may see your good deedsand glorify your Father in heaven.

What You are asking, illustrating, & doing: (What Kind of Light Are You?)
You will be holding up each light bulb asking "Are you like a...." and trying to see if that light bulb fits into the lamp.

Flashlight  Bulb: Small concentrated but only shines in certain areas.  It only comes out in emergencies. -Your light only shines in certain situation and only a few select areas of your life. 

Night Light Bulb: only shines and comes out in times of fear, difficulty and in security
-Your light is like a security blanket of faith.  You only really shine it when you their are tough times or you have some kind of fear in your life

Christmas Light Bulb: only shines at holidays and special occasions
- Your faith is like your church attendance only shines twice a year at Christmas, Easter, and maybe a few other holidays like Mother's Day or Father's Day

Party Light Bulb/Black Light: only shines at fun times and at parties/events
- Your light only shines when its time for the next big youth event or trip.  Your light only really turns on when it the fun times.

Regular Light Bulb: shines everyday, all day, and in every direction. It fits into the lamp, onnects to the power, and shine bright.

- Your light is an every day thing and there is not time or areas of your life that you are not working to let it shine. Your light is put up on the table of your life and gives light to everything and everybody.

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