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Help the Audience Apply the Principles from Your Puppet Program

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When the audience applies the message of your program to their lives, you have ministered to them. To develop an application, answer 6 basic questions concerning your message: who, what, how, why, where, and when.

  • Who should the application be for?
  • What specific activities could this group do to apply the message?
  • How often should they do this activity?
  • Why should they even consider doing this activity?
  • Where should they carry out the activity?
  • When should they carry out the activity?

Choose one specific activity to challenge the audience with and write it in a brief sentence. Once you have a specific application, plan to teach it at least three times during the program. Each time, you’ll give the application, but approach it from a slightly different angle.

Application 1

The first time you present the application should be early in the program. Give the audience a brief summary statement of the preceding play or program item then link into your teaching. For the teaching present the answers to two of the above questions that best fit the teaching situation. Give the application activity statement and link into the next part of your program.  
Example:
Summary: David knew he could trust God to give him victory over Goliath.
Link: That story happened a long time ago. Can you and I trust God to give us victory over our problems today?
Application Teaching: Yes. If Jesus is your Savior from sin, you can trust God to give you victory over problems because you have his power to help you with any problem. (Who.) But in order to get that help, you need to focus your attention on God instead of your problem. When you think about how big and powerful God is, he can remind you that he is the one with the power to help you with any problem. (What.) When facing a problem, turn your attention to God by thinking about five things you know to be true about him and ask his help. (Application activity statement.)
Link: Speaking of problems, one of our puppets, Norman, is having a rough day. Nothing seems to be going right…

Application 2

The second application should be somewhere near the middle of your program. Give the audience a summary statement of the preceding play or program item and link into your teaching. Present the answers to two different questions and share a verse that reinforces the teaching. Give the application activity statement and link into the next program part.

Example:
Summary: Joe knew he should forgive Susie, but it was hard. But then he remembered all the times God had forgiven him for even bigger things. With that in mind, he forgave Susie.
Link: Forgiving Susie was a problem for Joe, but that’s only one type of problem.
Application Teaching: There are many other types of problems and maybe you are facing one today. Did you see how Joe handled his problem? He thought of all the times God had forgiven him. In other words, he focused on God, not his problem. When you face a problem, do the same thing; focus your attention on God. The quicker, the better.  (How often.) Until you do, you’ll be tempted to try to solve the problem yourself and will find it often doesn’t work because you don’t have the power. When you think on God, he can remind you that you can handle it with his help. Philippians 4:13 says that you can do all things through Jesus who gives you the strength. The key is to stop focusing on your problem and focus on God. (Why.) Here’s a challenge to remind to focus on God: this week, when you face a difficult problem, think of five things you know are true about God and then ask for his help to handle the problem. (Application activity statement.)
Link: You may think this only applies to big problems. Can it apply to small ones as well? Our puppet Bill has a small problem…

Application 3

The third time you present the application should be at the end of the program. Give a brief summary statement of the final play or program item and link into your teaching. For this teaching choose the final two questions and present their answers. Remind the audience of the verse you gave earlier and give them the application activity statement as a final challenge.

Example:
Summary: Mr. Jones knew it would be hard to keep his promise. He made it without thinking of the consequences, but knew his son was counting on him.
Link: What did he do? He remembered that God would give him the power to keep his promise no matter how hard it would be.
Application Teaching: He focused his attention on God right where he was. When you face a problem and remember the need to focus on God, do it right where you are. (Where.) Don’t wait or look for a better place; do it right away. (When.) As you think about God, he can remind you that he has the power to handle any problem and he may remind you of today’s memory verse. To help you with this, here’s today’s challenge: when you face a problem, think about five things you know to be true about God and then ask his help. (Application activity statement.)
Closing: As you close, it helps to hand out a reminder slip to each individual. Have it state the application activity statement, the verse you used, and anything else you think is important.

When you give an application three times in this manner, it helps the audience better understand it and helps reinforce it. When they actually do the challenge, you have truly ministered to them.

by Timothy Brown

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