Let’s start off with a game -The memory game.
Have your group sit in a circle. Have someone say the name of a famous personality, (TV or movie star, politician, sports person etc).
For e.g. if he says ‘Charles Dickens’- have the next person repeat this name as well as add another name of his choice?
As the turn passes from one person to another they keep repeating the previous names in order, as well as adding on a name of their choice to the list.
Those who forget a name or jumble the order lose and sit out. The one who remembers all the names in the right order is the ultimate winner.
Q. What did you learn from the game? (A good memory is very useful/helpful)
Q. Have you ever forgotten something very imp. in your life? (Let them share-then you share yourself)
We all have the tendency at some point to forget. It may be an important appointment, your car/bike keys, un paid bills, people’s names or even a message.
Forgetting people is one thing -forgetting God is quite another.
Throughout the Bible, God warns us to never forget him or his commands - because when we do, it becomes more an issue of the heart than of the mind.
Let us examine a few scriptures:
2 Timothy 2:8
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel,
(Paul’s advice to Timothy)
Q. Was Timothy a busy man? (Yes)
Q. What was he busy with? (Leading a church, discipling people, preaching and teaching)
Q. What did Paul tell him to do? (Remember Jesus)
Q. Why do you think Paul gave him this advice? (Timothy being very busy, could easily have forgotten his very purpose of preaching)
Q. What makes us forget God? (When we are doing well, happy times, when things are going fine)
Q. What makes us remember him? (Bad times, illnesses, lack of finances and worries)
Q. Is that fair? (No).
We should never forget God no matter what happens.
We can’t use him.
Q. How will you if someone has forgotten God? (By their lifestyle/immorality/drunkenness/cheating/stealing/lying/ungratefulness).
Q. How will you know if someone is always thinking about him? (By their lifestyle/Godly/pure/honest)
Q. In what ways can we remember God? (By obeying his commands)
Q. Have you been doing this?
Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
Q. Does God takes forgetting lightly? (No, it’s a serious matter)
Q. Is it enough to just remember Gods commands? (No we must obey them)
Q. How does God feel when we forget him? (He feels we are spiritually dead or sleeping-hence the admonition to “Wake Up”)
Q. What will happen if you don’t take his warning seriously? (He will come like a thief in the night -in judgement on us)
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!
Q. Will God ever forget us? (Never)
Q. What would happen if God ever forgot us? (We would never have a chance to know the truth)
Q. How does God feel about you and me today? (The way a mother feels about her child)
Q. Can a mother forget her child? (Yes, there is a possibility - but even then God will not forget us)
When the going gets tough you may feel God has forgotten you - but the very fact that you are alive and here this evening means that he has not.
We have seen that forgetting God is the difference between a good heat and a bad
No matter what happens, let us never forget God. I urge you this evening to start studying the Bible and start remembering the God who never forgets you.