Fun and Christianity 1

FUN AND CHRISTIANITY Introduction: A great misconception today is that being a Christian is no fun at all. Many people doesn’t want to get involved with religion especially while they’re still at their prime because they want to experience everything. Obviously, the world has a different concept of fun compared to Christians. But will it ever be possible for Christianity and fun to go together? Activity: Group into three and fill in the table below. Get ready with a group summary to be discussed after the activity. DIFFERENT KINDS OF FUN FOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE From the categories below, choose one that best describes you (feel free to add a category if the need arises):  “Kikays” / Fashionistas  “Sporty” / Athletes  “Brainy” / Intellectuals  “Artsy” / Artistic  “Goody-goody” / Nice According to the category you belong to, complete either of the following equations:

FUN = ____________ or _____________ + ______________ = FUN
Below are some examples of activities that young people enjoy nowadays. Discuss among yourselves what makes it good or bad. Activities What makes it GOOD What makes it BAD PARTIES FASHION MUSIC / CONCERTS / BANDS / ARTISTS MOVIES BOOKS FELLOWSHIP / REUNIONS / GET-TOGETHERS Summary / Group Reflection: Discussion: Questions: (answers in the following questions will be derived from the activity) What constitutes “fun” for young people today?  Define a “fun activity” for you.  How do you have fun?  Do you have a different set of “fun activities” with your Christian and non-Christian friends? Romans 12: 1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brother, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. 2Do not conform any longer to the patter of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Carecell Lesson: April 28, 2007 Zarah Lim

Fun and Christianity 2

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Christians should segregate themselves from ungodly pleasures. God created us for His glory. We were created to worship Him and to glorify Him. But that doesn’t mean that we’re robots who can’t enjoy life. We have fun being Christians because we’re doing what we were made to do – LOVE GOD. When you think about it, our fun (as Christians) is the normal kind of fun, because it is the “God-approved” kind.

 How do we have fun as Christians??? (Allow time to answer)  But the fun does not stop there. It’s not fun when our loved ones will spend eternity 
separated from God. It’s not fun when we become selfish of God’s love and keep the Good News to ourselves. The saying “The more the merrier” is also true with Christianity. The more people we lead to Christ, the more we have fun – we feel fulfilled, we are one with the angels in rejoicing for that single soul who is restored to God.

It’s fun when:  We spend time alone with God.  We spend time together worshipping God.  We help lead others to Christ.  We help those who need our help. Conclusion: Christianity is not about rules and “thou shalt nots.” Christianity is about a loving relationship with God. It is about choosing not to do something that will not please God, out of love for Him. So it’s actually very cool being a Christian. We get to enjoy God’s presence in our lives. We have this ever-present joy in our hearts just knowing that we have Jesus living in us. Sadly, many young people nowadays don’t equate fun with Christianity. They cast stereotypes to Christians – boring, “holier than thou”, goody-goody – implying that once you’re a Christian, you’re doomed to have a boring, if not non-existent, social life. But isn’t that just the opposite? Because God created everything for His glory – so living a life that is glorifying to God is what we’re really here for. There’s no reason why we couldn’t enjoy fashion and music and parties, as long as we don’t make them the priorities in our lives.

Carecell Lesson: April 28, 2007 Zarah Lim