Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bible Game: Trust God's Word

Because people are not always trustworthy, it can be hard for children to understand that God always keeps His promises. Reinforce the absolute truth of God's Word to your students.

Hold an open Bible. Explain that this special book is God's Word and it is true. Say, "God always keeps His promises. People may try to keep their promises, but they are not always able to keep them. Often people break their promises. God is different. He always keeps His promises. What God says is always true. God's Words are found in the Bible, and they are true. Let's play a game to see how the words people say are not always trustworthy. We cannot always believe the words people say."

Think of some hard-to-say sentences such as:

1. Chester, the calico cat, chased chipmunks.

2. Susie sells seashells at the seashore.

3. There was a crooked man who went a crooked mile.

4. If you keep doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep getting what you’ve been getting.

5. How much wood could a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

6. Big baby beluga whales blow water from their blow-holes.

Have the children sit in a circle. Explain that you’re going to whisper a sentence to the first child. He will whisper it to the next child and on around the circle to the end. The last person will say aloud what was heard. The leader will read the original sentence. Usually the sentence will be quite changed along the way.

Move to a new child in the circle and repeat the game with a new sentence and a new end person. Do a new sentence as often as time allows.

After the game say, "This game shows that we can’t always trust what we hear. The only words we can always trust are God’s Word, the Bible. Have a child read a Bible verse aloud from the Bible. Explain that God's words are always true."

(This game is taken from Bible Foundations Downloadable Curriculum for Early Elementary. To download an entire Bible Foundations lesson for preschool, early elementary, or late elementary ages, visit our Bible Foundations Samples Page.)

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