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

 
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Week 3 objective:  to discover that Christians believe that the Bible is God’s way of telling people about himself, describing himself to people, telling people about his power and his love; what he likes and doesn’t like. 

Game - 6 mins
Aims: to play a game where a volunteer tries to work out what the rest of the children in the group like and dislike.
You will need: A5 size paper and an assortment of felt-tip pens.

Ask for a volunteer to be ‘it’. Hand two pieces of paper and one or two pens to each child. Ask the children to start by drawing a smiley face in the corner of one piece of paper and a sad face in the corner of the other.  Encourage ‘it’ to sit away from the group so they don't see whose picture belongs to whom. Ask the children to draw a picture of something they really like on the paper with the smiley face and something they don't like on the paper with the sad face. When everyone has completed their pictures collect them in and muddle them up. You might need to quietly ask some of the children to explain their pictures to you.  Ask everyone to sit in a circle and hand ‘it’ the pictures. Give a short explanation of the drawings if necessary. ‘It’ then needs to guess which pictures were drawn by whom.  If it is impossible for ‘it’ to guess correctly encourage the other children to help.

If you have a large group ask for two volunteers. You will need to make sure both volunteers sit away from the group so they don't see whose picture belongs to whom. Divide the drawings into 'likes' and 'dislikes' encourage the first volunteer to work out who drew the like pictures and a second volunteer to work out who drew the dislike pictures.


Talk about - 7 mins
You will need: a large sheet of paper or a whiteboard, marker pens, a Bible, a history book, a poetry book, an instruction book, a letter and the ‘Sin’ word graphic (see Printables). 

Underline the phrase ‘Every word that God speaks’. Remind the children that last week we discovered that the Bible is a collection of history books, poetry books, instruction books and letters about God. 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. Everything written in the Bible comes from God. 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, they call the Bible ‘God’s Word’ or ‘The Word of God’.

Remind the children that during the game they told each other something about themselves; they told each other what they liked and disliked.

Christians believe that the Bible is God’s way of telling people about himself. Just as we might describe to someone what we are like in a letter or an email, Christians believe the Bible is God’s way of talking to people, describing himself to people, telling people about his power and his love; what he likes and doesn’t like. 

Christians believe God wants everybody everywhere to read about who he is and what he has done so that they can learn and understand more about his goodness, his wisdom and his power. When Christians know more about God’s power and love, they trust in him more and more and rely on him as their close friend. 

If you have time talk a little more about what God likes and dislikes. Take two more pieces of A5 paper and draw a smiley face on one and a sad face on the other. Hold up the pieces of paper and ask the children if they can think of something that God really, really, really likes and something God really doesn't like. Listen to the children's answers and respond positively. Explain that the Bible teaches that God really, really, really likes people (in fact he really, really, really loves people; he loves everybody, everywhere). Draw some stick people on the paper with the smiley face as you explain again that God really, really, really loves each of us. Hold up the paper with the sad face. At the same time show the 'sin graphic' explain that God really, really, really dislikes sin. Explain that The Bible calls the wrong things people do ‘sin’. Talk about some of the words written on the 'sin graphic'. Talk about how these things make people unhappy because they are upsetting and hurtful. Christians believe sin makes God sad because it spoils things he loves and separates people from a life with him.

However... there is good news. Hold up the picture of the stick people and explain that the Bible teaches that God loved people so much that he sent his son Jesus. Over 2,000 years ago Jesus came to live with people here on earth. While Jesus lived on earth he travelled around doing powerful things and telling people about God. One day some men put Jesus on a big, wooden cross. Jesus was put on the cross in the morning and in the afternoon he died. But God had an amazing plan that would put things right forever. The Bible teaches that on the cross Jesus took the punishment for all the wrong things people have ever done. Then, three days later God raised him back to life. Now, because Jesus lived, died and rose again, everybody everywhere can be forgiven for the wrong things they have done.

Turn the 'sin word graphic' and the paper with the sad face over so they are lying face down. Explain that Christians believe that everybody everywhere can now say ‘Yes’ to God’s love and forgiveness, and the sin that spoils and separates can be wiped away. Everybody everywhere can now become close friends with God. 

 

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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