‘You can trust this: Every word that God speaks is true.’ Proverbs 30:5a

 
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Week 5 objective: to think about the different books in the Bible and to discover in which order they can be found. 

Introduction - 4 mins
Aim: to think about the Bible being made up of lots of books
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, a history book, a poetry book, an instruction book and a letter.

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 because Christians believe that the Bible says what God wants it to say it is called ‘God’s Word’ or ‘The Word of God’.

Show the children the Bible and remind them that the Bible wasn’t written by one person but by many. In fact the Bible was written by over 30 writers. Explain that thousands of years ago people began to write down what God had done for them. They wrote down things God told them and made up songs to Him and about Him. The things people wrote were copied into books. Show the children the history book, the poetry book, the instruction book and the letter. Explain that eventually there were many, many, many books all about God: story books, poetry books, instruction books and letters. All the books were put together in one big book; we call the book the Bible. The ‘Bible’ actually means ‘books’. 


Game - 9 mins
You will need: the mini books of the Bible (see Printables) and the Bible book challenge (see Printables).

Before the session print off the mini books of the Bible pages. Cut along the solid lines, cutting each page into four. You should end up with 66 rectangles. Fold the rectangles in half along the dashed lines to create 66 mini books. The name of a Bible book should be on the front of each mini book and the number of chapters on the back. 

Encourage the children to sit in a circle on the floor. Show the children the mini books and explain that there are 66 books in the Bible. 39 were written before Jesus was born and 27 were written afterwards. Place the books on the floor in the middle of the circle. Divide the books into the Old Testament and the New Testament. Explain that the books written before Jesus was born make up the Old Testament part of the Bible and the books written after Jesus was born make up the New Testament.

Gather together the law books, the history books, the poetry books, the major and the minor prophet books. Encourage the children to count how many books are in each category. 

In the Old Testament there are five books about God’s laws, 12 books about history, five poetry books and 17 books written by God’s prophets. In the New Testament there are four books about Jesus’ life called the Gospels, one history book and 22 letters.

Work through the ‘Bible book challenge’ putting the books into the correct order.


Song - 2 mins
To the tune: ‘Michael row the boat ashore’
        
    Every word God speaks is true, 
    You can trust this.
    Every word God speaks is true, 
    You can trust this. 

    Proverbs thirty ver-rse five, 
    You can trust this.
    Proverbs thirty ver-rse five, 
    You can trust this. 

 
 
 
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