BEING PRESENT TALK

In November of this year it was discovered that an elderly Chinese man, believed to have been sleeping, was in fact actually dead. The man had laid in the terminal of a railway station for quite some time before it was discovered. The cause is unknown. While onlookers stood by a monk approached the lifeless body to hold the man’s hand and pray over his death. Story via China Daily.

TALK PURPOSE

Students will be inspired to understand the opportunity they have everyday to bring life to people around them who are lifeless.

PROBLEM

Adults as well as students go about their day following their routine without understanding the depth of hurt, brokenness, pain, and problems around them.

POINT

Being a God follower gives you license to care and reach out to people in a world that often overlooks and walks by everyday need.

PASSAGE

I John 3:11-24, John 13:1-17

TRANSITION TO ILLUSTRATION

When I think of the example that Christ gave to us and the call that he has placed on us to love the unlovely I can help but think about how extraordinary it is when people moved with compassion act on their faith. In November of this year it was discovered that an elderly Chinese man, believed to have been sleeping, was in fact actually dead. The man had laid in the terminal of a railway station for quite some time before it was discovered. The cause is unknown. While onlookers stood by a monk approached the lifeless body to hold the man’s hand and pray over his death. For those who looked on and for them person who took the photos you are about to see the entire world took notice of one man’s expression of faith. How much more should we be courageous enough to act now not only while we still have time but also because it’s the right thing to do.

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One Response to “BEING PRESENT TALK”

  1. Monica Morgan December 14, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    Excellent and powerful illustration.

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