It’s All About Etiquette

Lesson: Sunday May 17, 2020 Sis Shawnta Harris

Being Introduced

First impressions count, which is why the way you respond when being introduced to someone, especially an older person, is very important. In our previous lesson on saying thank you, we learned that the Bible tells us “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Your actions will either reflect the glory of God or could be a negative reflection on who you are. With that being said, let’s look at an example of an introduction gone wrong and an introduction done right.
Let’s say your mother has dropped you off at your father’s office so he can take you to soccer practice. You are texting a friend and scrolling through the internet while waiting for him. His boss walks into his office, and your father says, “Diana, this is my daughter Jasmine. Jasmine, this is Mrs. Reid.”
If you stay seated in your chair, barely looking up from your phone, and mumble. “Hello” or even worse, “Hey”, your father‘s boss will remember you as the rude young lady who didn’t know the first this about respect for older people.
If you are introduced, the right thing to do is look at the person you are speaking to and say, “It’s nice to meet you, Mrs. Reid.” If it seems appropriate to shake hands, you can do so. Wait for that person to extend their hand first, and if they do, offer a firm, not tight, handshake. Smile, make eye contact.
One of the young men in the Bible who was noted as being respectful, wise and leaving a good impression was David. Before he ever became king, he was a young man in King Saul’s court. The Bible says in 1 Samuel 18:14 “And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him.” So be like David; put your best foot forward and let your manners shine to the glory of God!
What do you do when introduced?
Repeat the person’s name to whom you are being introduced.
Repeating someone’s name back helps you remember their name for future reference.
What do you do when introduced?
Stop what you are doing when your being introduced.
If someone thinks enough of you to introduce you to someone else, don’t embarrass everyoneespecially yourself-by acting as if you couldn’t be bothered. 3 Scriptures About Introductions

1) One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon and saith unto him, We have found the Messias” which is, being interpreted, the Christ. And he brought him to Jesus. And when
Jesus beheld him he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone. John 1:40-42

2) And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. John 12:20-22

3) The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come see a man, which told me all the things that ever I did: is this not the Christ? Then they went out of the city and came unto him. John 4:28-30

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