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PROMISES OF GOD – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        assurance
SCRIPTURE:    2Pet.1:4; Num.23:19; Josh.23:14;
.             Gen.12:2-3; Gal.3:8; 2Tim.3:16;
.             Matt.7:7; Deut.4:29; Matt.13:16;
.             John 5:24, 3:16-17; Rom.3:23, 6:23;
.             Eph.2:8-9, 1:13-14; 2Tim.3:12;
.             Phil.4:6-7, 4:19; Is.40:29; Mrk.10:27;
.             2Cor.1:3-4; Jms.1:5; Matt.11:28-29;
.             1Jhn.1:9; Heb.8:12; Is.43:25; Rom.8:28;
.             2Cor.2:14; Phil.1:6, Rom.8:37-39
.             (unless marked, verses are from NIV)
Style:        drama/conversation: a CHILD wants to know
.             if there’s anyone able to keep promises
.             they’ve made, and so takes a survey,
.             only to learn about the promises of God
Cast:         KIDS 1-21 (if you have more or less,
.             reassign the dialogue as it makes sense)
Set & Props:  backpack, pen, pad of paper or clipboard
.             (script can be on the clipboard papers
.             for KID 1, and can also be a cheat-sheet
.             for the kids being surveyed.  To make it
.             look more memorized, KID 1 can pretend
.             to write down notes now and then.)

SCRIPT:

(KIDS 1-2 enter and stop at microphone to talk.
KID 1 carries a backpack.)

KID 1   Has someone ever broken a promise
.       that they made to you?

KID 2   Sure, lots of times.

KID 1   (angry)  But a promise is a promise!

KID 2   I’m assuming someone just broke a promise
.       that was made to you.  Well... (thinking)
.       let me ask YOU something.
.       Have you ever broken a promise?

(KID 1 slumps with a guilty sigh.  After a pause...)

KID 1   So there’s no one who can keep promises?        2

KID 2   I don’t know.  Why don’t you take a survey?

(KID 1 pulls a notepad and pen from a backpack
as KID 2 shrugs and exits.)

KID 1   I will!  And I will get to the bottom of this!

(KID 1 stands waiting with notepad poised,
as KIDS 3-4 enter and approach.)

KID 1   Excuse me, I’m taking a survey.
.       Would you mind answering some questions?...
.       Is there anyone - that you know –
.       who is able to keep a promise?

KID 3   Hm, well, our grandparents promised to always
.       love each other in marriage until death.

KID 4   And that’s a big promise to keep.

KID 3   So it is possible to do keep a promise.

KID 1   So they have NEVER EVER broken
.       any other promises?

KID 4   Ohhhhh, well, there was that time
.       grandma promised to make pancakes for us,
.       but she forgot to buy flour.  It happens.

(KIDS 3-4 shrug and walk away.  KIDS 5-6 enter.)

KID 1   (to K5-6) Excuse me.  I’m taking a survey
.       and asking if you know anyone –
.       who is able to keep - ALL their promises?

KID 5   The only one who can keep EVERY promise is God!

KID 1   Interesting.  And what is your proof?

KID 5   In the Bible, in 2 Peter 1:4, God says,
.       “...He has given us His very great
.       and precious PROMISES, so that through them
.       you may participate in the divine nature,
.       having escaped the corruption in the world
.       caused by evil desires.”
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KID 1   Okay, so God makes promises.  But,
.       how do we know that He will keep them?

KID 6   Well, because God – is – well – He’s God.

KID 1   And that is supposed to convince me?

KID 6   Numbers 23:19 says that,
.       “God is not human, that He should lie,
.       not a human being, that He should
.       change His mind.
.       Does He speak and then not act?
.       Does He promise and not fulfill?”

(KIDS 5-6 walk away with a nod.  KID 1 comments to self.)

KID 1   I don’t know.  Now, I only have MORE questions.

(KID 1 turns and waits for KID 7-10 to enter.)

KID 1   Hi!  I’m just wondering, if you know
.       of any promises that God has made – and kept?

KID 7   Sure.  God has kept all of His promises.

KID 1   And how can you know that?

KID 8   Joshua 23:14 says that,
.       “...You know with all your heart and soul
.       that not one of all the good PROMISES
.       the Lord your God gave you has failed.
.       Every promise has been fulfilled;
.       not one has failed.”

KID 1   Like what, exactly?

KID 8   Ahhhh... Oh!  I know!  We just studied that.

KID 7   In Genesis 12:2-3, God says to Israel,
.       “I will make you into a great nation,
.       and I will bless you;
.       I will make your name great,
.       and you will be a blessing.
.       I will bless those who bless you,
.       and whoever curses you I will curse; and all
.       peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
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KID 1   But how is that proof?

KID 9   All the people on earth have been blessed
.       because of Jesus.  And Jesus came from
.       the people of Israel-

KID 1   How do we know that Jesus really came?

KID 9   There were many witnesses at that time.
.       And history supports this.

KID 10  More importantly, the Bible says it.
.       Galatians 3:8 says that, “Scripture foresaw
.       that God would justify the Gentiles by faith,
.       and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham:
.       ‘All nations WILL BE blessed through you.’”

KID 1   And how do we know that the Bible is true?

KID 10  2 Timothy 3:16 says that,
.       “All Scripture is God-breathed...”

(KIDS 7-10 walk away.  KID 1 comments to self.)

KID 1   Those were good answers,
.       but now, I have even MORE questions.

(KIDS 11-13 enter and overhear.)

KID 11  What kind of questions.

KID 12  Yes, maybe we can help answer some of them.

KID 1   Can you really?  Because,
.       I’m looking for some real answers!

KID 11  “Ask and it will be given to you;
.       seek and you will find;
.       knock and the door will be opened to you.”

KID 13  And that’s a promise, found in Matthew 7:7.

KID 12  And Deuteronomy 4:29 says,
.       “...if from there you seek the Lord your God,
.       you will find Him if you seek Him
.       with all your heart and with all your soul.”
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KID 13  So, if you want to find the truth, you will!
.       In Matthew 13:16, Jesus promises that,
.       “blessed are your eyes because they see,
.       and your ears because they hear.”

(KIDS 11-13 exit.  KIDS 14-16 enter.)

KID 14  Hey, what were you just talking about?

KID 1   God’s promises to us.  Right now, I’m seeking,
.       but I’m just not totally seeing it all yet.
.       There’s some kind of promise about
.       Jesus blessing us - somehow –
.       and all I know is - I want to know that.

KID 14  Awesome!  Then you should hear what Jesus says
.       in John 5:24.  “Very truly I tell you, whoever
.       hears My word and believes Him who sent Me -
.       has eternal life - and will not be judged
.       but has crossed over from death - to life.”

KID 1   Life?!  What kind of life?

KID 15  Eternal life!  John 3:16-17 tells us
.       “For God so loved the world
.       that He gave His one and only Son,
.       that whoever believes in Him
.       shall not perish but have ETERNAL life.
.       For God did not send His Son into the world
.       to condemn the world,
.       but to save the world through Him.”

KID 1   Sounds like a very nice promise, but,
.       why exactly do I need that?

KID 15  Romans 3:23 says,
.       “for all have sinned
.       and fall short of the glory of God,”
.       and Romans 6:23 says,
.       “For the wages of sin is death,
.       but the gift of God
.       is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

KID 1   If that’s a promise,
.       how does that even work?

KID 16  That’s the best part.  We don’t do any          6
.       of the work.  Jesus has done all of the work
.       for us.  And it is a gift.  A free gift.
.       “For it is by grace you have been saved,
.       through faith — and this is not from yourselves,
.       it is the gift of God — not by works,
.       so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

KID 1   But, in the past, I have had gifts
.       lost or taken away... especially -
.       when I’ve been bad.

KID 16  In Ephesians 1:13-14 (NASB version),
.       it says, “In Him, you also,
.       after listening to the message of truth,
.       the gospel of your salvation—
.       having also believed,
.       you were SEALED in Him
.       with the Holy Spirit of PROMISE,
.       who is given as a pledge of our inheritance,
.       with a view to the redemption of God’s
.       own possession, to the praise of His glory.”

(KIDS 14-16 exit.  KID 1 calls after them.)  

KID 1   Thanks!  This is awesome!  I do believe in Jesus!
.       So now what?  Because I believe,
.       I won’t have any more problems?
.       Will my life be totally perfect?

(KIDS 17 enters to overhear.)

KID 17  Oh, ah, noooo... we are promised
.       that we will suffer.

KID 1   Huh?  What?!

KID 17  2 Timothy 3:12 says, “In fact,
.       everyone who wants to live a godly life
.       in Christ Jesus WILL be persecuted.”

KID 1   Well, I know I get upset when promises
.       are broken, but- I would not mind if God
.       broke this ONE promise.

KID 17  God is not the one who causes us to suffer.
.       Suffering is because there’s sin in the world.
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(KID 17 exits and KID 1 calls after him/her.)

KID 1   Please, you’ve got to tell me!  I mean,
.       it’s nice that God saved me from my sins,
.       and gave me eternal life after I die,
.       BUT WHAT ABOUT RIGHT NOW?
.       I’m freaking out, here!  This is so scary!

(KIDS 18-21 enter and overhear.)

KID 18  “Do not be anxious about anything,
.       but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
.       with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
.       And the peace of God, which transcends
.       all understanding, WILL guard your hearts
.       and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
.       Philippians 4:6-7

KID 1   And is that a promise?  And- what about -
.       when we NEED something?

KID 18  “...my God WILL MEET all your needs according
.       to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.”
.       Philippians 4:19

KID 1   What about when a bully picks on me?

KID 18  God “- gives strength to the weary and
.       increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29

KID 1   What if something seems hopeless?

KID 18  “- all things are possible with God.”  Mark 10:27

KID 1   Even when bad things happen?

KID 19  2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says, “Praise be
.       to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
.       the Father of compassion and the God of
.       all comfort, who comforts us in ALL our troubles,
.       so that we can comfort those in ANY trouble
.       with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

KID 1   What about when we don’t know what to do?

(KID 19 thinks for a moment.)
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KID 19  “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,
.       who gives generously to all without finding
.       fault, and it WILL be given to you.”  James 1:5

KID 1   Well - what about when sad stuff happens?

KID 19  Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to Me,
.       all you who are weary and burdened,
.       and I will give you rest.
.       Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
.       for I am gentle and humble in heart,
.       and you WILL find rest for your souls.”

KID 20  And even when we are the ones who make
.       a mess of things, 1 John 1:9 says that
.       “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just
.       and will forgive us our sins and purify us
.       from all unrighteousness.”

KID 21  We already know from Isaiah 43:25
.       that God says, “I, even I,
.       am He who blots out your transgressions,
.       for My own sake and remembers your sins no more.”

KID 20  Exactly.  When we become Christians,
.       God forgives all our sins, even though
.       He knows we will continue to make mistakes.
.       And because we love God, we want to try to obey
.       and live for Him.  And when we do- “-we know that
.       in all things God works for the good of those
.       who love Him, who have been called
.       according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

KID 1   We have a purpose?  What if I don’t
.       do a good job?

KID 20  God promises to help us with that, too.
.       “-thanks be to God, who ALWAYS LEADS US
.       as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession
.       and uses us to spread the aroma
.       of the knowledge of Him everywhere.”
.       2 Corinthians 2:14

KID 21  “being confident of this, that He who began
.       a good work in you WILL carry it on to completion
.       until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6
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KID 1   It’s just so amazing that God would keep
.       all of those promises.

KID 20  And why wouldn’t He?  He loves us so much,
.       and He’s all-powerful.

KID 1   So even when other people break their promises,
.       I can hold on to God’s promises
.       and not be afraid of anything.

KID 21  “No, in all these things we are more
.       than conquerors through Him who loved us.
.       For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
.       neither angels nor demons,
.       neither the present nor the future,
.       nor any powers, neither height nor depth,
.       nor anything else in all creation,
.       will be able to separate us from the love of God
.       that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39