A Six-session Bible Game Lesson Based on John 1:1-14

 
 
 
 


Session One

 

Objective: to understand and memorize (in abbreviated form) John 1:1-14.

When you think of beginnings, what comes to mind? (Receive answers. eg. Beginning of summer, vacations, school, new jobs, etc.) 

The Bible records two very important beginnings. Can you guess the first one? 
(“In the beginning God created….”)

The second one is very similar to the first, and is the one we will learn about and memorize over the next several weeks.

Have children say the following verse one phrase at a time:
(Write verse on board or copy on transparency for overhead projector.)

 

1) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

2) Through him, all things were made…nothing was made without him,

3) but the world did not know him…even so, some people followed him.

4) To them he gave the right to become children of God.

5) The Word became a human being and lived on earth.” John 1:1-14

Play Vanishing Words – from Bible Games Explosion.
(Say verse through one time, and then erase two words, replacing them with underlines. Say the verse again. Erase two more words. Continue this until the entire verse is erased. The minds "eye" continues seeing the erased word!) 

Bible Games for Children's Ministry

 

Discuss and Discover

What is a word? (A word—written or spoken—represents a thought or idea) 

The first part of John 1 speaks of the beginning, the Word, and God. 

What was at the beginning? (The Word) 

What or with whom was the Word? (God) 

Who was the Word? (God)

What do we learn from the second part of the verse? (Through the Word—through God—everything was made.)

Part three says, “…the world didn’t know him….” Who is the world? (The world represents people who do not follow, love, or obey God.)

In part four, what happens to those who follow God? (They are given the right to become children of God.)

Finally, what does this verse say happened to the Word? (He became a human being and lived on earth.)

Let’s read about this human being. (Read John 1:15-17 from a child-friendly Bible.)

Who is this human being? (Jesus, is the Word, and the Word is God.)

Play Bible Bumpers

Set up: You will need a chair or place marker, such as a Polyspot, for every player, minus one. Arrange the chairs or markers in a large circle. Write the following words from the verse on index cards: Beginning, Word, God, Him, Things, Made, World, People, Followed, Children, and Human. There should be at least two cards for each word. It's ok to have more than two cards per word. Give a card to each player, making sure it has a match for play. 

How to Play: Players begin by sitting in chairs or standing on place markers. The player without a chair or place marker stands at the center of the playing area. Teacher slowly reads the memory verse. When players hear their word called, teacher pauses, at which time players race to switch places with another player who has the same word. At the same time, the player standing in the center must run to "bump" one of the players who is switching places from his or her spot by sitting in the empty chair or standing on the empty place marker. The player who doesn't get to the chair or place marker is "bumped" and must go to the center in the next round of play.

Play continues as such until the Bible memory verse is read. If time allows, play again, but first have children exchange cards.

Copy the memory verse, next page, for each child. Each week, sections can be cut apart and taped to children’s wrists for their take-home memory verse. 

(For today’s session, cut apart memory verse Part 1 and tape to wrists, see below).

Copy verse on colorful card stock paper, cut sections apart, and then tape ends together to make wristbands for children to wear home after each session.

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1) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

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2) Through him, all things were made . . . nothing was made without him,

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3) but the world did not know him . . . even so, some people followed him.

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4) To them he gave the right to become children of God.

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5) The Word became a human being and lived on earth.” John 1:1-14

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(Close in prayer.)

 


Session Two

   

Say all parts of the verse, above, and then have children repeat one phrase at a time. 

Review Part 1, and then write Part 2 of the verse on the board; say it through one time.

“Through him, all things were made…nothing was made without him,”

Play Vanishing Words – from Bible Games Explosion.

As you grow older, you will hear people say that Jesus was a good man, a great man, a prophet or Godly man, but he wasn’t God. They’ll even say that the Bible never claims that he was God. But they couldn’t be further from the truth! These verses from John tell us that Jesus is God!

When we think of who God is and what he does, what comes to mind? (God is creator, the forgiver of sin, the Judge of humankind. Part 2 of this verse tells us that Jesus created all things—nothing was made without him. The Bible also tells us in Matthew 9:2 that Jesus forgave sins—only God can forgive sin! And in John 5:27 we learn that Jesus has authority to judge—only God has authority to judge others!)

Play Bible Scramble from Bible Games Explosion.

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