10 Short Christian Plays
There is no better way to illustrate God's word than drama - real people facing real life challenges right before eyes and hearts. These 10 short plays, some humorous, some deeply moving, some both, will capture the imaginations and attentions of those in attendance and help prepare their hearts for God's work. More
There is no better way to illustrate God's word than drama - real people facing real life challenges right before your eyes and hearts.
We employed most as part of worship services, often just before the sermon. By presenting these scriptural illustrations, we gathered up the congregation's attention before the sermon and got it focused where the pastor wanted.
They also act as catalysts to bring a theater group together, or to facilitate discussion, or just to have some meaningful fun. And since these dramas can generally be presented with one or two actors, and a minimum set, they're easy to put on.
Use them as templates, too. Drama ministries are important to churches by getting the artists involved. These plays have worked for us, which should encourage you to create your own short plays designed for your church that these.
If you purchase a copy for yourself and each cast member, each play may be presented at least three times within a year from purchase of the cast member copies.
Here are the plays included:
A Little Wisdom
Zaida hears from "reliable" sources that her husband, Matt, is fooling around with a new young lady at work. Dealing with this news requires a little wisdom. What is it? And where does she go to get it?
Illustrates James 1:5-6
Buffy and the Double Mined Man
Congressman Gonna Wilt finds himself one of the most important men in our nation's capitol. He is the deciding vote on a bill authorizing federal funding of abortion. How will he vote? And who will influence him?
Illustrates James 1:6b-8
Ashley, 14, has just taken a qualifying test for a full college scholarship. Her sister, Chiara, 13, expects her to ace it. After all, Ashley's the smartest kid in school. But, to her surprise, Ashley doesn't even show up in the top 5. Why?
Illustrates 1 Peter 1:13
Chevys and Nuts
Dad's come home to find his prize 1957 Chevy little more than a tangled lump of iron in his driveway. His son, Billy, has taken the car out without permission and wrecked it. Dad wants to kill him. Why doesn't he? And what happens next?
Illustrates Matthew 6:14
Chocolate under the Pillow
Sage, 10, has pilfered a special candy her mother was making for her grandmother. Her younger sister, Jenna, discovers the theft and confronts Sage. How does Sage react? How does Jenna react to Sage? How is God glorified even in this chocolate covered sin?
Illustrates 1 Peter 2:1
Hi, I'm Bill, and . . .
Bill, an alcoholic, hits bottom. God, in His mercy meets him there. How? Who does he send? How does God work to raise us up when His children are at their lowest?
Illustrates 1 Peter 1:3
Satan stands before the congregation and let's them in on a few of his evil little secrets - his goals for our lives, and how he uses some of our cute little weaknesses to bring us down.
Illustrates Matthew 26:41
Rich and Poorman
Rich and Poorman are members of the church council. Poorman has an idea that Rich, being a leader of men, believes he's the only one with the experience to pull it off. Is he right? What's God have to say about it?
Illustrates James 1:9-10
Whom You Haven’t Seen
How do you describe God, whom you haven't seen, to a blind man - one whose never seen anything? And what do you learn when do describe Him?
Illustrates 1 Peter 1:8
A Wintertime Retreat
The women's ministry is having a winter retreat in a snow clad mountain cabin. Not a particularly dramatic event. However, one of their little band is walking through the valley of the shadow of menopause. This is a respectful, funny look at it all.
Another use for them is to just enjoy them as you would a short story. In a very real sense, that's what they are - short stories without all that pesky narration.
So - enjoy and use.
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