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ALICE IN STUDY MODE – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: study God’s word, know truth
SCRIPTURE: 2 Tim.2:15
Style: satire/conversation: ALICE wants to know
. more about God and what the Bible says,
. going first to a group who just makes it up
. as they go, then going to a group who have
. studied and know how to find answers.
NOTE: Both skits stand on their own, but
. if you want to make a longer “drama,”
. you can start with “Alice in Search Mode”,
. then flow it into “Alice in Study Mode”;
. beginning with the search for purpose,
. then continuing the search for clarity.
Cast: ALICE, FRIEND, WISHY-WASHY GROUP 1-2,
. KNOWLEDGEABLE GROUP 1-2
NOTE: You can have more actors at each table
. and divide the lines up.
Set & Props: 2 tables, chairs, 3 Bibles, lots of books
(A table is set up on either side of the stage.
WISHY-WASHY GROUP sits and/or stands at the table
that has a Bible as well as lots of other books.
They are busy miming a deep-looking conversation.
KNOWLEDGEABLE GROUP are busy studying the Bible at
their table, as well as miming the occasional prayer.
ALICE and FRIEND, carrying Bible, enter and look around.)
F I’m sure some of these people will be able to offer
. more guidance than I’m able to give you, right now.
A So, which group of people should we approach?
F (sighs) It is not always easy to tell.
. At least, not always by first impressions.
. But once you get to know people a little bit,
. it becomes more obvious. Something about fruit.
F Yeah, like, things that they stand for- become-
A You still don’t make any sense. Is this fruit-
. good or bad?
F Fruit is good. I know that much. Ahhh- okay, like,
. if they say that they love you, and then do things
. like help you out – with no strings attached –
F Exactly. I think.
A You still don’t seem too confident in your answers.
F Like I said, I know the answers are in this book,
. but I’m still just very new at this. I mean,
. I know SOME things, and I know – what I know.
. AND I know - that I need to way know more.
. And other people can help with that.
A I just want to know the truth.
F That’s a good thing.
A Let’s do this then! So- which group of people
. should we approach?
F I say – that one. (points to KNOWLEDGEABLE)
A Ahhhh, I’m thinking the other one. They have
. more books.
(ALICE marches toward WISHY-WASHY GROUP and stands there
waiting to get their attention. Finally W1 looks up.)
W1 Hey! Hi there. Can... I help you?
A I hope so. I want to know the truth.
W2 What kind of truth?
A THE truth.
F God’s truth. In other words, we want to know more
. about God’s word in the Bible.
W1 Oh, well, that’s a very big book.
W2 Yeah, LOTS of pages. With LOTS of truth.
F Right, but I know from John 3:16 that
. God sent His one and only Son to die for us
. so that when we believe, we will have
. eternal life with Him in heaven.
W1 (philosophically) But when we “believe” –
. what is all really involved in that?
W2 And what IS eternal? Is it really forever...
. as this author writes about in his book.
. (picks up a book and flips through the pages)
W1 This author, here, goes into other debates
. on that issue. (picking up another book)
. But, what’s really clear is that you need
. to know things so you can do them right.
F Yes! So, what does the Bible say about it?
W1 It says many things... I think.
W2 And FEEL. If it doesn’t FEEL right, then
. I’m pretty sure it’s probably not in the Bible.
W1 There is a verse in the Bible- something about
. knowing, believing and asking – then getting stuff.
W2 I’m definitely feeling that. Like, in this book-
. (picking up a book) It supposedly covers
. the topic - about getting stuff.
W1 Does that author say if that is a good thing,
. or a bad thing? Because THIS author says-
. (picks up another book)
F Again – what does the Bible say?
W1 Well, that’s the thing. All of these authors
. have studied the Bible and have come up with
. different ideas and interpretations.
W2 That’s why I recommend that you read whichever
. books you feel are closest to what you want.
A But there IS purpose to life?! 4
W2 Of course. God wants us to feel good.
F As in joy! God wants us to experience joy!
W1 Yes! I know the Bible has the word “joy” in it-
. in several places. From what I remember.
A So how do you find joy?
W1 That’s very complicated.
W2 Yeah, you really need to-
F FEEL IT?
W2 Yeeeaaah. And read lots more books on the topic.
. One cannot study enough.
F What about putting into practice the stuff
. you have learned?
W2 It is WAY better to be knowledgeable.
F And wise?
W2 What’s the difference?
W1 Oh! I’ve got a book right here on wisdom.
. Something about application.
F You mean, wisdom is knowing how to apply
. the knowledge that you gain?
W2 That sounds good. You should write a book.
(FRIEND looks at ALICE with arms out in questioning
wonder, like ‘what is going on?’)
A I feel like I’ve been here before.
W2 Déjà vu?
A I’m just getting the run around. I want something
. definite. I want know the truth.
W1 Definitely! There is definitely truth.
F This is a waste of time.
W2 You’re doubting OUR word?
F That’s the problem – all we are getting is YOUR word,
. whatever that’s worth. More questions than answers.
. I am more interested in God’s word. Come on.
(FRIEND leads ALICE to the other table.
WISHY-WASHY GROUP waves them off and exits.
KNOWLEDGEABLE GROUP looks up, intent on helping.)
F Hi, we seriously need some answers.
K1 Okay. We’ll do our best to help.
A Thank you. I want to know if there is purpose.
K1 I believe there is a verse – in Romans.
(K2 finds the verse from the Bible and reads it.)
K2 Romans... 8:28 says, “And we know that God
. causes all things to work together for good
. to those who love God, to those who are called
. according to His purpose.”
A So that includes love.
K2 Yes, to love God is to believe in Him and
. accept what He has done for us.
A And does this also include – joy?
K1 Romans 15:13 says, “Now may the God of hope
. fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
. so that you will abound in hope by the power
. of the Holy Spirit.”
F So, not only joy, but peace and hope.
K1 Yes. And when we believe, we can KNOW that 6
. we are saved and that we are secure in this.
. There are many awesome verses on this.
K2 One is found in... 1 Corinthians 2:12-13.
. (reading) “Now we have received,
. not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit
. who is from God, so that we may know the things
. freely given to us by God, which things we also
. speak, not in words taught by human wisdom,
. but in those taught by the Spirit, combining
. spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.”
F That’s deep. I have so much to learn.
A Me, too. So will you teach us everything?
K1 Well, we can certainly help you. The pastor’s
. messages on Sundays are meant to equip us.
. Also at our church, there are lots of great
. Bible study groups. You can get involved in those.
K2 What’s even better about our church is –
. we claim that the Bible, God’s word,
. is the final authority.
A What does that actually mean?
K2 Well, just because we teach something, or interpret
. a verse a certain way – we encourage you to learn
. and study the Bible on your own.
K1 2 Timothy 2:15 tells us to “Be diligent to
. present yourself approved to God as a workman
. who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling
. the word of truth.”
F There’s even a verse on THAT?
A So that’s why you don’t have all those other books?
K1 It’s not that you cannot read other books.
. Some books are very good at helping and guiding us
. to learn what is already there in the Bible.
. But those books are still only written by people.
. The Bible is really written by God. And as you study
. the Bible more, the more you see how obvious that is.
K2 God wants to speak directly to each of us through
. His word, so that we can know for ourselves,
. and be confident about what we believe.
A But those other people made it seem like it was
. next to impossible to really KNOW anything.
K1 God doesn’t expect us to know everything
. all at once. And because we love God,
. we should just WANT to keep learning,
. and putting into practice the things we learn.
K2 And the best part is that God is right there
. and wants to HELP US do everything...
. even help us study and understand the Bible.
K1 As 2 Timothy 2:7 tells us that “the Lord will
. give you understanding in everything.”
A You both sound so sure of everything.
K2 1 John 5:20 says, “And we know that
. the Son of God has come, and has given us
. understanding so that we may know Him who is true;
. and we are in Him who is true, in His Son
. Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”
K1 Are- are we answering your questions?
A Aaaaaand so much more.
F I’m feeling overwhelmed.
K1 Sorry. I know I can get carried away.
. Bottom line is - “For everyone who asks receives,
. and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks
. it will be opened.” That’s found in Matthew 7:8.
A Where do you even start?
(K2 holds the Bible out to ALICE. LIGHTS DIM.)