|Monday:||Who Can Be a Missionary?|
|Bible Lesson:||The Finish Line: Rewards in heaven await believers who finish the race. (John on Patmos)|
|Memory Verse:||2nd Timothy 4:7-8|
|Missions Concepts:||Foreign missionaries are sent out by the church, but any believer can do the work of a missionary locally.|
|Missions Examples:||[personal, from the group]|
|Bible Passages:||Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 13|
Introduction: Missions Marathon
[Perform the Missions Marathon Skit by way of introduction.]
In the skit, Earnest was confused about who could be a missionary. He wasn't sure if just anybody could be. Kristina helped him to realize that part of following God for every Christian is to teach other people about how to follow Jesus.
Explanation: Full-Time Missions versus Everyday Missions
While some people are missionaries full-time: it's their job, and they travel to far-away places and spend all day doing just missions, all of us are responsible to help share God's teachings with other people who don't know.
Application: Being Sent
For people who want to be missionaries all the time and move far away, they probably have to be sent by a church, or sometimes by a group of churches. If the churches are going to send offering money to help pay for the work that they're doing, then they definitely have to be sent by the churches.
However, all of us can do a little missions work right where we are: telling people about how to follow Jesus. Nobody has to tell us to go tell our neighbors and our friends. Jesus already told us to do that.
[As time allows, let some of the kids give examples from their own lives, of people that they have shared with or would like to share with about Jesus.]
Invite any children who want to do missions work to stay after the lesson and discuss it further.