Missing the Mark
Bible Game


Set Up

Your target can be a standard bulls-eye target, or design your target to match your theme. (One year we played this game during our Outer Space-themed VBS program. I drew a large picture of the planet Jupiter, with it's giant Red Spot for the bulls-eye. We had the players write down their ideas of good works on a sheet of paper. For example, obeying your parents, being kind to others, telling the truth, etc. Then they folded them into paper spaceships.)

How To Play

Designate a throw line. Place the target about 15-20 feet away. You do not want to make it possible for anyone to hit this target. WHAT? You may be wondering. Tell the players that the target represents God. The spaceships represent our good works, and the distance between the throw line and the target represents our sin that separates us from God. Allow everyone to take a turn, but leave the spaceships on the ground as you go. Then explain the following object lesson.


Object Lesson

The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) The word sin means to miss the mark of perfection. None of us are perfect. Only God is perfect. We can not get to God by our good works. (Ephesians 2:8-10) In our game some of the players were able to get closer to the target than others. Likewise, some of us do more good things while we live on Earth. But still, all those good things don't get us close to being perfect like God. We still miss the mark! We still have sin in the way! The good news is that Jesus has made a way! He is our transportation to God! There is no fee, it is a FREE pass. The Bible says, For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23).

Close in Prayer

If you've never asked Jesus to be your Savior and Forever Friend, you can do so now. Won't you pray with me? "Dear Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross to take my punishment for sinning against you. Thank you for rising from the dead so I can have eternal life in heaven with God. Help me to trust in you and follow you all the days of my life. Amen."

The Bible says, Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

(During our closing program we played this game again. Only this time we had a few of the children bring their parents up to play, Missing The Mark. We had a wonderful time! Weeks later I learned that one of the children prayed with her parents that night to receive Jesus as the Lord of her life!)

Copyright 1997 S.A. Keith - For individual or classroom use only.
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