Bible Concentration Matching Game

The book of Romans, in the New Testament, is a very important book for children and adults to read and study. However, it contains some difficult-to-understand words. Hopefully this game will help children (and adults) begin to understand them!

Your web-servant, 
Sarah Keith <><

What You Need
Print one set of the 24 Bible words with their definitions, see below. Paste them on index cards (I used large index cards). Write one word with its definition, per card. On another set of 24 cards, write each of the words without the definition.

How To Play
Mix up all the cards. Lay them faced down on the floor in rows (eight across, six down). First player or team turns two cards over, attempting to match the Bible word to its definition. If the cards match, the player reads the definition and removes the cards from play. If the cards do not match, turn them back over. Next player or team takes a turn, playing as before. If you are playing in teams, the teams may help the player that is attempting to make a match. Once all the cards are matched, count which player or team made the most matches. The player or team with the most Bible word matches is the winner!

Other descriptive matches to create and play: 
Bible Characters such as David: David was a shepherd boy, killed Goliath, became King of Israel; or, Books of the Bible: Genesis: Genesis tells the creation story, it is the book of beginnings.)

Bible Word Definitions

REDEMPTION
To buy back. To free from captivity by paying a ransom. God has freed us from captivity to Satan and sin. Jesus paid our ransom. 

SALVATION 
Deliverance from the power and effects of sin. To be rescued from danger. Jesus has delivered us from sin and its deadly effects. We have been rescued from eternal death.

FORGIVENESS
To receive a pardon for something you've done wrong. To be released from resentment or punishment. In Jesus we have forgiveness from our sins.

JUSTIFICATION (Justified)
The act of being made right by God. Jesus' death on the cross, makes us right with God. He sees us without our sins. "Just-As-If-I'd-Never-Sinned".

GLORIFICATION 
The act of becoming perfect. No longer under the control of sin. When a Christian dies and goes to heaven he or she is made completely perfect. 

SANCTIFICATION
The act of growing in our faith and becoming Christ-like. From the moment one is saved, the process of becoming Christ-like continues until death.

TRANSGRESSION
Sin. The breaking of a law. The Bible says, "All have sinned." Romans 3:10

RIGHTEOUS
Free from guilt or sin. Jesus has made us 'right' with God. We are free from our sin and the guilt that it brings!

CONDEMNATION
To be doomed. The act of being found guilty. The Bible tells us that there is NO condemnation to those that trust in Jesus.

REPENTANCE
To turn from your sin and turn to God.

RESURRECTION
To rise from the dead. Jesus overcame death, so that we can rise from death to eternal life with God.

ATONEMENT
To resolve or restore friendship or harmony. Our relationship to God has been restored by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.

SACRIFICE
The act of offering something to God. Jesus was sacrificed, to pay for our sins. We are to give our lives to God as a LIVING sacrifice.

RECONCILED
To restore to friendship or harmony. When you become a Christian, you are no longer enemies of God. But are restored to friendship.

TRESPASS
Sin. Missing the target of perfection. It is impossible for us to be perfect. Apart from Jesus, we are lost in our trespasses. Our sins separate us from God.

HOLY
Set apart. Perfect. Sacred. We are made perfect through Jesus. We are set apart to do God's will.

HOPE
To desire, expecting fulfillment. Our hope is in God. We can trust him to fulfill our desires.

INTERCEDE
A mediator, or go-between. Someone who stands between two people or parties to bring harmony, or settle disputes. The Bible says, " There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men." 
1 Timothy 2:5-6

PREDESTINED
To arrange, or settle a matter, beforehand. A plan worked out in advance of the event. 

GRACE
Unmerited favor from God to us. Grace is freely given. It is not earned or deserved.
We receive "God's Riches, At Christ's Expense". Getting what you don't deserve.

MERCY
God's favor or compassion on someone deserving punishment. Not getting what you deserve.

CONFESS
To agree that you have done wrong. To admit your sins to God and one another. The Bible says, "If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9.

BELIEVE
To trust in, or lean on, someone. To depend on God with confidence. We can believe and depend on God because he is trustworthy. 

EDIFICATION
To build up. To improve and grow spiritually. As Christians, we are to be building up our faith, as well as helping others to build up their faith. We are to read and study God's Word, and not only look to our own interests, but to the interests of others.

Copyright 2001 S.A. Keith

Special thanks goes to Susan Holland, my good friend and fellow teacher, for giving me the inspiration for this game! Susan went to be with the LORD in 2016. She is sorely missed by her family, friends, and local church community.

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