Week 4 objective: to think about God’s words being true.
Game - 7 mins
Aim: to think about saying one thing and doing another.
Encourage the children to sit in a circle on the floor. Ask for a volunteer. The volunteer will start the game and pretend to do an action such as talk on the telephone or make a cake. The person next to them will ask “What are you doing?” The volunteer will say something other than what they are really doing. For example, if they are talking on the telephone, they could say “I’m climbing a tree.” The person asking the question will then pretend to climb a tree and the person next to them will ask “what are you doing?”
Keep going around the circle with each person saying one thing but doing another. If you have older children in your group see how fast you can play the game. Younger children may need more time to think so go at a speed that is comfortable for them.
Talk about - 8 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible and a jigsaw puzzle.
Before the session write the verse on the whiteboard or paper.
Underline the phrase ‘Every word that God speaks is true’. Remind the children that during the game we were not telling the truth; we were not telling people what we were really doing.
Explain to the children that this verse tells us that God always, always, always tells the truth. In fact the Bible tells us that it is impossible for God to lie.
Remind the children that last week we learnt that the Bible wasn’t written by one person it was written by over 30 writers. However, although people wrote the words down, God guided the writers and showed them by his Holy Spirit what to write. Christians believe that the Bible is a very special work of the Holy Spirit and it says what God wants it to say. Because Christians are so sure that what the Bible says is what God says, we call the Bible ‘God’s Word’ or ‘The Word of God’.
Show the children the Bible and find Psalm 55:22. Explain that, guided by the Holy Spirit, King David wrote about God's love and protection. Read the verse to the children and briefly explain what it means. Christians believe that what David wrote is true because they believe that he wrote what God wanted him to write.
If you have time talk briefly about reading and understanding the Bible. Sometimes we might find things in the Bible difficult to understand. Some Christians find the following two suggestions helpful.
1. Keep reading. Some parts of the Bible are difficult to understand on their own; it’s like having one piece of a jigsaw puzzle and trying to work out the final picture. Show the children the jigsaw puzzle. We often need to fit different parts of the Bible together to understand what God is saying.
2. Ask God the Holy Spirit to help. Christians believe that the Holy Spirit was there when the Bible was written and he wants to be with people when they read it too. Christians believe that if people ask the Holy Spirit to be with them when they listen to, or read the Bible he will bring the stories and the writings alive - the Bible will then make more sense and mean much more to them. People who study the Bible believe that just as the Holy Spirit did a special work with the people who wrote the Bible, he will do a special work with people as they read it too.