Seven Churches

  • Cast Number: 2
  • Run-time: 30 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Revelation 2 & 3

Theme:            A 7 part message, with some baseball humor, about the 7 churches mentioned in Revelation. These were Christian churches with some good practices and some good people but Jesus found them to be lacking in various crucial ways. What can we learn from each church?
Useful as sermon starters, a series, or for group disussions.
Ephesus  Revelation 2:1-7
Smyrna – Revelation 2:8-11
Thyatira – Revelation 2:18-29
Philadelphia – Revelation 3:7-13
Laodicea – Revelation 3:14-22
Sardis – Revelation 3:1-6
Pergamos – Revelation 2:12-17

Bible Reference:          selected Revelation 2 & 3 (above)


Cast:                2 in each sketch, m or f


Set, Sound:      standard


Costumes:       where appropriate baseball sweaters


Props:              baseball, baseball bat, football, tennis racquet


Time:              30 minutes, (roughly 4 minutes per sketch)


Sample of script:           


Ephesus  Revelation 2:1-7


Yogi & Selma


Yogi comes on stage, baseball in hand, bored, sits restless, reads magazine, stands, yawns

After a few seconds Thelma comes on stage carrying a baseball bat, takes swings with bat


Selma:             Hey, so you play baseball too I see.


Yogi:               Well just by lookin’ at me you had to know I’m an excellent ballplayer.


Selma, annoyed:         
Nooooo! . . .  I assumed you play baseball because you are walking around with a baseball in your hand. . . . . And as for you being an . . . excellent . . . ballplayer . . I’m guessing the jury is still out on that one!


Yogi:               You mean you don’t know me?


Selma:             Should I?


Yogi:               Maybe the name Yogi might help?


Selma:             You are Yogi Bear?


Yogi:               That is not funny!


Selma:             Didn’t mean to be funny, fact is I don’t know who you are.


Yogi:               You don’t know Yogi then you have never even come within yellin’ distance of a baseball field.


Selma:             I play outfield on our church baseball team, some say I am pretty good.


Yogi, laughs:  Church baseball team? . . . Amateur hour!
For your information I happen to be the pitcher on State Selects, an all-star last 8 years running, never been defeated.


Selma:             Impressive, you must spend a lot of time training.


Yogi:               Nah, our team is on top of it’s game, we’ve done it all, tried all that there is to try, when you’re the best you’ve arrived.


Selma:             You mean you don’t get together for practices?


Yogi:               Bite your tongue Thelma . . .


Selma:             Selma.


Yogi:               Whatever. . . Of course we get together for practices, every Wednesday night at 7PM, regular as clockwork! . . . But the focus isn’t on trainin’, we just toss the ball around a bit, keep ourselves in maintenance mode. But no reason to break a sweat when you have the track record we have.


Selma:             Wow Yogi, our team practices at least twice a week, and of course we do our private practices, sometimes several times a day.


Yogi:               See, you’ve gotta understand somethin’ here! . . . You newbies, you got a lot to learn, you gotta be prepared to go through the tough sleddin’ of  practice, practice, practice! . . . But the point is us guys who have earned the right to be called Selects . . we kinda what you might say . . got it made. . . . See we already have our home assured in the amazin’ Hall of Fame!


Selma:             But, Yogi, don’t you still read through the Rule Book every day and in your practices?


Yogi, hurt:      I beg your pardon! . . .  We are often in the word of the Rule Book, a lot . . sometimes! . . . Fact is every single one of us, me especially, we can quote every word, every verse and chapter of the Rule Book. . . . It’s just what we do! . . . So it’s not as if we even need to read, the words are written in our hearts.


Selma:             Strange. . .  I find that every time I open the Rule Book I learn something new.


Yogi:               Good for you Thelma. . .


Selma:             Selma.


Yogi:               Whatever. . . .  You amateurs for sure need to keep up your practices, your readin’ the Rule Book. . .  maybe some day you might some of you be in the Hall of Fame too. . . Maybe . . . Possibly.


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