Message In a Bottle
Copyright 2002 by Nina Wallestad. All rights reserved.
Josh (or Jenny) and Mom (or Dad)
Mom is dressed nicely for church; Josh is dressed for the beach.
Purse, keys, backpack, sunglasses, water bottle
At home on Sunday morning
In his zeal to reach others for Jesus, Josh forgets the importance of Christian fellowship.
Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:23-25
Spending time with other Christians (Fellowship)
ďFor where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.Ē Matthew 18:20
ďMessage in a BottleĒ by Nina Wallestad. Copyright 2002. All rights reserved.
As action begins, MOM is searching through her purse for her keys. JOSH is offstage.
MOM: (calling) Josh, Iím leaving for church in two minutes. Are you ready to go?
JOSH: (answering from offstage) Not going today, Mom.
MOM: Very funny. Iíll wait for you in the car.
JOSH: No, really, Mom. Iím not going to church today. Iíve got something more important to do.
MOM: What could be more important than spending time with God and with His people?
JOSH: Telling other people about God.
MOM: Okay. Youíve got my attention. Tell me more.
JOSH: Well, I got to thinking, why am I spending all this time in church, when the people who havenít even heard about Jesus arenít there?
MOM: Go on.
JOSH: And, the more I thought about it, the more it made perfect sense to me. Where are all the Christians on Sunday morning?
MOM: In church?
JOSH: Right! And where are all the non-Christians on Sunday morning?
MOM: Umm. Not in church?
JOSH: Exactly! So, Iíll be at the beach this morning! Thanks, Mom. I knew youíd understand!
MOM: Whoa, whoa, whoa! Slow down! You lost me there.
JOSH: Well, it just makes sense. The best time and place to find people who need Jesus is Sunday morning on the beach!
MOM: Youíve got a point there, Josh, and Iím really glad you want to tell other people about Jesus, but itís also important to spend time with other Christians.
JOSH: I spend plenty of time with other Christians, Mom.
MOM: Yes, you do. And the Bible says we should guard that time together carefully, not give it up too easily.
JOSH: Come on, Mom. Itís not like Godís going to kick me out of heaven because I missed a few church services!
MOM: Of course not. We both know that going to church doesnít make us Christians, but it does make us better Christians.
MOM: Well, I donít know any better place to learn more about God and the Bible.
JOSH: I can study the Bible on my own. I read a chapter every morning after breakfast!
MOM: Thatís a great start, but sometimes the Bible can be hard to understand. Are you just going to skip over those parts?
JOSH: Well, no, butÖ
MOM: Sometimes we need help from other Christians with the gift of teaching to understand what the Bible is saying and how to live it out.
JOSH: Yeah, I guess youíre right.
MOM: And then thereís worship.
JOSH: Oh, I got that one covered, Mom. Iíve got my CD player and a bunch of worship CDs in my backpack, so I can sing along on the beach!
MOM: Thereís nothing wrong with that, Josh, but youíll be missing out on the power of worshiping God surrounded by His people. Jesus promises that whenever two or three believers get together in His name, He will be there, too. Besides, Iíll miss hearing your beautiful voice harmonizing with mine.
JOSH: Then come with me to the beach! We can harmonize together!
MOM: Maybe after church. I donít want to miss the fellowship.
MOM: Yes, I really depend upon my brothers and sisters in Christ for support and encouragement. I know you do, too. Remember last week when your small group leader helped encourage you when you were down?
JOSH: Yeah, but now Iím feeling great!
MOM: Good, then youíre the perfect person to encourage someone else whoís struggling. If youíre not in church, you might miss an opportunity to help another Christian become more like Jesus.
JOSH: But, Mom, what about the people on the beach? They need to learn about Jesus, too!
JOSH takes a drink from his water bottle.
MOM: Youíre absolutely right. (grabbing water bottle from Josh) When people donít know Jesus, itís almost like they are dying of thirst. They need the living water that only Jesus can give them.
MOM: But, how would you feel if you were dying of thirst and someone gave you an empty water bottle and told you to drink.
JOSH: Iíd be angry and frustrated, and even more thirsty! But what does that have to do with anything?
MOM: Well, letís pretend that the water bottle represents your heart. Jesus promised that if we come to Him, our hearts will overflow with His living water.
MOM: The thing is, we need to spend time with God and with other Christians to keep our bottles filled.
JOSH: And when we stop spending time with God and with other Christians, our hearts get empty?
MOM: Right! Itís important that we make sure our hearts are filled with Jesusí living water before we offer someone else a drink.
JOSH: If weíre not filled up with Jesus, then itís like giving someone whoís dying of thirst an empty water bottle?
MOM: Yep. And one of the best ways I know to fill my bottle is to worship and fellowship with other believers!
JOSH: I never thought of it like that. (pause) Okay, Mom, Iíll go to church with you.
JOSH: Where are you going, Mom? The carís out this way.
MOM: If weíre going to the beach after church, Iím gonna need some sunscreen.
JOSH: All right!
MOM: See you in the car!
JOSH exits stage right; MOM exits stage left.
Spending time with other Christians is really important. We can learn more about God and the Bible from other Christians. God gives us Christian friends so we can help each other grow and become more like Jesus. And, Jesus promises that whenever we gather with other Christians to worship Him, He will be there, too. So, the next time youíre thinking about skipping church on Sunday, think again! Youíll be glad you did.
∑ Thank God for giving us a church family, and the freedom to worship God together.
∑ Thank God for the way He works through the people in the church to teach and encourage us.
∑ Ask God to help us make fellowshipping with other Christians a priority.
Copyright 2002 by Nina Wallestad. All rights reserved.