Today’s Bible Story: Speak Now (Peter Says That Jesus Is the Messiah) • Matthew 16:13-20
Monthly Memory Verse: Training the body has some value. But being godly has value in every way. It promises help for the life you are now living and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 (NIrV)
In time, Jesus would let everyone know who He is through His miracles, teaching, preaching, correcting church leaders, overturning tables, loving His enemies, and lighting the way. And now we’re in a position to do the same. We can talk to others about Jesus. About God. About the things we’ve experienced and the things we’ve seen and heard.
But how do you do that, especially now when the world is so divided? It seems like conversations are out the window if someone disagrees with you. Simple. Practice. Everyone’s terrible at something the first time. But the more you do it, the easier it will get.
You can practice by telling people what Jesus means to you. You can practice talking about God as part of everyday conversation with your family and friends. When you choose to talk about God, it reminds you to keep your eyes open and see what God is doing . . . and helps other people see who God is and how God is working, too.
God wants us to grow and continue to learn about who God is—and at the same time, God wants that for everyone else as well. God wants a relationship with everyone, and one way that others will know God is by hearing us—you and me—talk about God! But for some of us . . . actually all of us . . . that will take practice. We can even practice doing that here in our groups, with one another.”
Who do you talk to about God? When have you had conversations about God with other people before? How are you practicing talking about God? You might not be sure how to talk about your faith in God, and that’s okay, too.