Worship Stations

Posted: August 19, 2011 in Uncategorized
SOAP

Don't Eat the Soap

1.  Clothing

Purpose:  We want the people to determine the old self that they are to remove and the new self they are to put on.  This little activity helps them focus on the concept and then think of the bad behaviors associated with their old self and the good behaviors associated with their new self.

Set up:  We had a table with several button up shirts we purchases from the thrift store.  We made sure they were XL or XXL so that they would be easier to use.  The shirts were arranged on the table with the instruction sheets on the table and taped to the wall.

Instruction Sheet:  the instruction sheet contained this information.  Scripture in italics.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. – Ephesians 4:22-24

We are told to “put off” and “put on.”  These words give us a picture of taking off some clothes and putting on some other clothes.  We are told to be “clothed in righteousness.”

Let’s put one of the shirts on.  Now let it represent all the sin you do.  Ask God to bring to mind those sins you regularly commit and which you struggle.  Now, confess this sin to God.  Take off the shirt.  This is how you are to treat those sins.  Take them off.

What does that look like in action?

Now, select another shirt.  Let it represent the righteousness of Christ.  Let it represent the life Christ wants you to life; a life of obedience to Him, a life of righteousness.  Now, put the shirt on.

What does that look like in action?

Make a commitment to Christ that you will live this life of obedience and act the way you are dressed.

2. Eat Soap

Purpose:  Many young believers use cuss words and inappropriate comments.  We want to help them move beyond this sin.

Set up:  We placed a nice silver tray on the table with soap.  (My plan was to have a bar of soap with teeth impressions, as if someone had taken a bite).  Instruction sheets were included on the table.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29

When I (Jim) was a kid, my mother made me eat soap on a few occasions.  This was her punishment for me because I said cuss words.  I didn’t really eat the soap, I just had to keep it in my mouth.  Yuk!   I know many people who had their mouth “washed out with soap” because of their language.

I think we sometimes need a little mouth “washing.”

Think about your language; the angry and hurtful comments, the cuss words, the slanders, and the “jokes.”   There is no liberty in cussing and no way to “laugh it off.”  Using this type of language is disobedience.  It is sin.  Will you repent and let Jesus “wash your mouth out” with his redemptive death on the cross?  Commit now to using good and wholesome words not foul and sinful words.

Don’t actually eat any soap.

3.  Encouragement

Purpose:  We wanted to give the people an alternative to using foul and improper language.  So we

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. – Ephesians 4:29

This is the positive side to the “Soap” station.  Go to someone (or several people) in the room and encourage them.

Encourage means to build them up.

Here are some suggestions;

List what you like about them

List what you know they do well

Tell them of a time they were a blessing to you

Tell them you love them.

Ask about their walk with Christ and let them know where they are doing well.

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