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BASIC TRAINING - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: spiritual battle, armor of God, Bible, prayer
SCRIPTURE: Eph.4:27; 6:10-20; Ps.23:4,34:9,
. Jhn.16:33; 17:13-19; 1 Tim.6:9-12; Heb.13:6
Style: allegory/conversation: DRILL SERGEANT finds
. SOLDIERS heading for the hills out of fear
. and has to re-equip them with the armor of God.
Cast: DS (drill sergeant), a few SOLDIERS (at least 3)
(SOLDIERS huddle together in fear. DS walks up with air
of quiet confidence.)
DS Soldiers! Attention! - What's the matter now?
. Where are you all going?
S 1 I heard that an old lady was mugged, just
. down the street.
S 2 There was another school shooting-
S 3 And there was a drug bust in a town close by.
S 1 Way too close for comfort!
S 2 So – we’re heading for the hills.
DS Is that where the war is?
S 3 Nope! I mean, no-siree–sir!
S 1 Far away from it, sir!
DS Is that what soldiers do? Run away from the war zone?
S 3 Ah, yes?...
(DS continues to stare at the SOLDIERS who look at
each other, perplexed.)
S 3 Noooo?
DS What have we been training for? 2
S 1 War?
S 2 Standing firm!
DS There you go! And should you be afraid?
S 3 No!
DS HAVE you been afraid?
S 3 Yes!
DS Why are you afraid? Tell me, what are you missing?
(SOLDIERS look around at each other.)
S 1 A really good leader?
DS Are you saying that I’m a bad leader?
S 3 No!
S 2 You are a great leader.
S 1 In fact, maybe you’re too great. We just expect you
. to protect us and do everything for us.
DS My bad – I suppose. Well, let’s get it right then.
. So - WHAT – are you missing?
S 1 Ah... our – weapons, sir?
S 2 And our armor.
DS Do we need to go through basic training AGAIN?
. How many times do you need to hear something
. before you will stop relying on others, and
. you will - just get it and do it?
S 1 But - the random violence – how can we NOT be scared?
DS Do you think you can escape sin?
S 3 Yes. 3
S 2 If we run far enough.
(DS stares at the SOLDIERS.)
S 3 No?
DS Wherever you go – YOU are there.
S 1 You’re saying that we sin?
DS (drilling) Are you perfect?
S 3 NOOOO!
(ALL look at SOLDIER 3.)
S 3 Well, I’m not. But I do try.
S 1 Right, at least we try.
DS My point is - you cannot escape sin.
S 2 Wait! I thought there were situations
. of imminent danger when we SHOULD run away.
DS That is correct. When you find yourself
. in a situation where you might be too weak
. to stand firm-remove yourself from the situation.
S 1 So we SHOULD run for the hills?
DS Negative! I’m looking around and I still don’t see
. your armor and weapons.
S 2 I guess that would help.
S 3 Right! What are they again?
DS It sure would help if you had your swords.
(SOLDIERS look around. DS then hands them a Bible.)
DS The Sword of the Spirit – the word of God –
. which speaks to you and gives you direction.
S 1 (looks up Ephesians 6) Oh, I found it. We need 4
. truth! We need to gird our bodies with truth!
. I guess that would mean – knowing the word.
DS Yes, so you know what to stand firm on.
. So you can recognize sin – and avoid doing that.
. Good job, soldier.
S 2 (taking Bible) We need the breastplate
. of righteousness, which would protect our hearts.
S 3 (taking Bible) Our feet should be equipped
. with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
. This WOULD give us support and stability,
. so we could live the word as we go.
S 2 (taking Bible) We need to use the shield of faith
. to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.
S 1 (taking Bible) And the helmet of salvation
. to guard our minds and what we are thinking about.
DS And lastly – we need prayer – which gives us access
. to God’s power.
S 2 So God fights for us?
DS Exactly! Don’t depend on your leaders,
. or even yourself. If you did, you should be afraid.
. But if you are depending on and looking to God -
. who or what is stronger than God?
S 3 No one – and nothing.
S 1 So if we’re on God’s side, then we don’t have to
. be afraid.
DS Exactly. So – at ease – everyone.
DS Well – how about finding your armor and weapons?
. so you are ready?
S 3 Oh. Good idea. Sir, I mean, yes, sir!