Week 3 objective: to discover that Christians believe reading the whole Bible helps them understand the big picture of who God is, what he has done and how he is able to work in people's lives today.
Challenge - 6 mins
Aims: to play a game that involves piecing a picture together.
You will need: envelopes, cereal boxes, ideally one per child, lively music and the means to play it.
Before the session cut along the folds of the cereal boxes and put the front panels to one side. If you don’t have sufficient front panels for one per child, use the back panels of the cereal boxes as well. Cut each panel into six irregular pieces. Keep the pieces from each panel together, placing each set in a different envelope.
During the session you will need sufficient sets of cut-up cereal boxes for one set per child. From each set take one cut-out piece and put it to one side. Tip the remaining pieces out of the envelopes and mix them up. While the children remain seated spread the mixed-up, cut-out pieces of card around the room.
Explain to the children that there are pieces of cereal box around the room. Give each child one piece from the pile you set aside and explain that they need to find the other five matching pieces. It may help the children to find a space where they can begin to fit their pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle. If you would like to make the game competitive tell the children that the first child to find all five pieces and complete their puzzle is the winner.
Give the children three or four minutes to find their pieces. While they are searching play the lively music. When all the children have completed their cereal-box puzzles announce which child has won the challenge. Ask the children to look carefully at their completed puzzles and tell you two things about the cereal their box once contained. This may simply be a description from a picture or some other information that was written on the box.
Talk about - 7 mins
You will need: a whiteboard or a large sheet of paper, marker pens and a Bible.
Write the verse on the sheet of paper or whiteboard.
Underline the phrase ‘God-breathed’. Remind the children that last week we learnt that everything in the Bible is God-breathed. Christians believe that although the Bible was written by many different writers everything in the Bible comes from God; the Bible is a special work of the Holy Spirit and it says what God wants it to say.
Remind the children that Christians call the Bible ‘God’s Word’ or ‘The Word of God’ because they believe that what the Bible says is what God says. Christians believe that the Bible is God’s way of telling people about himself; it is God talking to people, describing himself, telling people about his goodness, his power and his wisdom, what he likes and doesn’t like. Because Christians believe that the Bible is from and about God they read it and remember what it says so that they can learn and understand more about God, his great power and his love.
Talk about the game the children have just played. Talk about how each piece of the puzzle told them a little bit about the cereal. Some of the pieces had writing or part of a picture that didn't seem to make sense until it was slotted into the puzzle. Discuss how the more pieces the children had the more they could find out about the cereal. Talk about how when the children had all six pieces of their puzzle, they could have a good look at the picture to find out all about the cereal.
Christians believe it is important to read the whole Bible to find out all about God. They believe that it is important to find out what is in the whole Bible so they can see the big picture of who God is, what he has done and how he is able to work in people’s lives today. Like a jigsaw puzzle, Christians believe many parts of the Bible make more sense when they see how the rest fits together. Briefly remind the children that last week we learnt that Christians believe that if they ask God the Holy Spirit to be with them when they listen to or read the Bible he will bring the stories and the writing ‘alive’. Just as the Holy Spirit did a special work with the people that wrote the Bible, Christians believe he will do a special work when people read it too.
Song - 2 mins
To the tune ‘Ten fat sausages’
Every Scripture i_is God-breathed, every Scripture i_is God-breathed
The second letter to Timothy chapter 3:16
Says...every Scripture is God-breathed.