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Bums or Angels?

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 NIV

Topics:

Acceptance, Attitude, Caring, Fairness, Friendship, Judging

Materials:

Volunteer that is about the same age as the students in your youth group.  

Duration:

Approximately 10 minutes
   

                        Homeless or Angel?

What you will do during class:

Invite someone to attend your meeting that the students wouldn’t know. If possible, make it someone their age. Have the guest arrive early, in plenty of time to meet students. Instruct the “stand-in” to use a fake name and have a story ready to answer their questions. Don’t do any introducing for them, though. Make your students deal with him or her in their own ways. At this point in the lesson, reveal the stand-in and deal with the accompanying issues.

(Reveal Stand-In)
I want to introduce you guys to someone this morning. If you did more than say hi to (name) this morning, I want you to raise your hand. That means you introduced yourself, asked him how he was doing, where she was from, etc. A hi as you passed doesn’t count. But if you did more than that, raise your hand. Okay, you can sit down now.  I invited (name) here today to see how our group would do concerning favoritism. (name), let me ask you some questions.

(Stand-In Questions)
1. First of all, what is your real name? Where are you from?
2. What did it feel like when you walked in this morning? How did you feel?
3. How many people said anything to you?
4. Did you feel at any point like you weren’t wanted, didn’t belong, etc.?
5. If you were a high school student, would you ever return to our ministry based on the way you were treated today?

Discussion Questions:

1. How do you think our group handles outsiders?
2. What could our ministry do differently that would keep us from showing favoritism to people coming in for the first time?
3. What could our ministry do differently that would keep us from showing favoritism to people who have been around for a while?
4. In your own life, do you play favorites? Why do you think you do it?

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 NIV


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