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Doctrine in dialogue format



Penelope Potter Ss.T


For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

"Good morning children."


"Is everyone ready to begin their Sunday School lesson for today?"


"Very good. Then we will begin. Today's lesson is about gifts. You all know what gifts are, don't you children?"

"Oh, I do Miss Potter. For Christmas I got a real a neat gift. It was a blue and red bicycle. Brand new too. Do you want me to show it to you Miss Potter?"

"That's not as neat as my gift Bobby. I got a computer with one of those flat screens that I can pick up."

"That's nothing Jimmy, I got...."

"That's very nice children, but that's not the kind of gifts that I'm talking about. The gifts I'm referring to come from God"

"Oh, I know Miss Potter. My aunt has one of those kind of gifts. She talks real funny like and I can't understand her and she rolls on the floor a lot."

"I don't think I want a gift like that Miss Potter. I'd get my dress wrinkled and dirty and my mother would get mad. Does God have any other gifts He can give me?"

"That isn't the kind of gift I mean either children. The gift God gives, you already have. Some of you were born with this gift, and some of you have had to work hard to make this gift work. But you all have one of these gifts. Jimmy, you're good at drawing aren't you? And Mary, you can play the piano."

"I can play the guitar a little bit Miss Potter. Do you want me to play for you? I can run home and get it, I don't live very far..."

"That's ok Douglas. Maybe another time you can play for us. What I mean is that you all have some special gift. Some of you can fix things, and some of you are good at playing games like baseball and jump rope. Some of you are good at helping your mother around the house. Some of you are big and strong for your age."

"I'm strong Miss Potter. I'm not very big, but I'm plenty strong ok. Do you want to see me pick up this table?"

"That's ok Bruce. I already know how strong you are. There are some of you who can sing better than others, and some of you who are especially pretty."

"You mean like Suzie? She's real pretty."

"I'm not that pretty Jimmy. Not as pretty as Miss Potter."

"Yes you are too Suzie. You're the prettiest girl in the world."

"Oh, you're just saying that. I'm not that pretty, am I Miss Potter?"

"You are pretty Suzie, as are all of you girls. You see how you each have something special about you. And you see in the movies and on TV how there are people who are very good at doing something. We call them famous for the gift that God has given them. You can see that these famous people don't seem to realize how their skill or their looks are a gift from God, and they use their gift to bring attention and wealth to themselves. Do you think that's what they should be doing. Children?"

"My favorite singer is Harry Langton. He plays the guitar real good. I think he's rich too. Someday maybe I'll be....."

"Not me. If I get real good at something and get famous and rich, I'll try and use my gift to make people happy and buy food for the starving kids in China and places like that. I think maybe that's why God gives us the gifts."

"I'd give all my money to the poor people who live on the streets. I know a family who lives in their car just a little ways from my house. I give them my lunch when I have more than I can eat. I think I should give them more. What do you think Miss Potter?"

"I think you children have the right idea. And yes, I think that's why God gave us the gifts He did. We're not to use those gifts for our own benefit, but for the benefit of others. The world, and especially the Church, is like a big family. Every member of the family must do his or her part to make the family healthy and happy. If one person is selfish, all the others have to fill in for that one member's lack of help."

"You said last week Miss Potter, that the church is like a big person's body. I kind of think it's like if a hand doesn't help tie a shoe, the other hand would have to work real hard to do it all by itself. Is that what you mean Miss Potter?"

"That's precisely what I mean Mary Jane. You have the idea exactly."

"My grandpa has a farm. When I stay with him I have to work real hard because he's old and there's a lot of work to do. When I first stayed there with him I thought I was on vacation and didn't have to do anything. Then I felt bad because grandpa had to work so hard while I played. Then I started helping him, and I got real big and strong and I felt real good about me because I knew I was being a good boy and not a lazy guy any more."

"You all have the idea children. We're put here on this earth and given what we have been given for the good of others, not for our selves."

"Miss Potter? Isn't that what Jesus said He came here for? Didn't He come here to do things for us instead of having other people do things for Him?"

38For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (John 6:)

21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (John 20:)

12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ . . .. 21And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: 23And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. 26And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. (1Cor 12:)

32the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. (Acts 4:)

1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? (James 2:)

12So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. 15For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. (John 13:)




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