While the Bible is the greatest and bestselling book of all time, many people struggle to read and/or embrace it. On one hand, some believe it is impossible to comprehend. On the other, many believe it has no relevance. Nothing is further from the truth. Moreover, creative strategies exist whether the group consists of children, youth, or adults.
This article recommends a novel approach to this challenge- playing games. Why not employ them in Sunday School or Bible Study? Before you know it, participants will be learning scripture, principles, vocabulary, events, and more.
For this purpose, a review of seven games that can be found online is provided along with suggestions for maximizing content. Another option is to devise your own games. The choice is yours. Grab your Bible and concordance. Then, full steam ahead!
1. Bible Scrabble
Use Bible Scrabble as a fun way to test what has been taught. Or use it as an introductory exercise, to get participants in classes and study groups to express topics that interest or confuse them. You’ll gain insight concerning their expectations and fears.
With this in mind: 1) ask participants to use the letters to spell topics of interest, 2) ask participants to spell topics that confuse them, and 3) ask participants to spell Books of the Bible.
2. Word Teasers
Inspire your students to talk about the Bible with word teasers; they strengthen Bible vocabulary, faith talk instead of fear, and prompt conversations about the Word. How can you integrate them into your lesson? Let’s count the ways: Look up terms in the concordance. Locate words used in scriptures. Compose sentences using faith-based words. Do a series of lessons on topics like faith or prayer.
3. Late for the Sky Bibleopoloy
This game is like monopoly but with one major difference: In Bibleopoly, the focus is teamwork not accumulation. The spaces on the game board relate to places and events in the Bible. Unlike the winner in monopoly who secures the most real estate, the winner in Bibleopoly wins when he or she is the first to build a church in a bible city. Along with your Bible and concordance, have your computer handy to search for maps.
4. Bible Quote Board Game
In general, a quote illustrates and inspires. With the Bible Quote Board Game, you can find it in scripture, examine who said it, probe the meaning, and search how it applies to the reader.
5. Bible Sequence
This board game has cards with scripture references and a story title. The winner places five chips in a row. Compose a series of lessons on the stories or scriptures.
6. Bible Trivia
At the same time, Bible Trivia focuses on biblical events from the Old and New Testaments. The game has questions – over 700- for children and adults. If you want to delve deeper into the events, make an outline and use the concordance to obtain additional background information.
7. Save the Lost
Save the Lost is another game to illustrate Bible principles. Aside from being suited for all ages, it can be applied in different formats to achieve different objectives. For example, play Save the Lost in class, at youth conferences, or camp. Moreover, utilize the game to discuss evangelism and how to share personal testimonies.