A Disciplined Life

A Disciplined Life

 (Bible Overview #28 of 54)

One Main Truth:  Listen to God, Obey God, Regardless of Consequences (outcome or results)

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1 GAME: Simon Sez

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  In the Game Players had to listen to Simon / In the Bible Daniel Listened to and Obeyed God / In your Life You must Listen to and Obey God

  1. The Game Zone Leader will be “Simon” in a game of Simon Says.
    2. Have the Players face “Simon.”
    3. Tell the Players that the commands will be given in two different ways, either beginning by saying “Simon Says” and then stating the command or simply stating the command.
    4. Explain that the Players should only follow commands that begin with “Simon Says.” If they do the wrong action or act after a command they should not follow, they are out and must sit down for the remainder of the round.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Daniel 2

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:     In the Game Players had to listen to Simon / In the Bible Daniel Listened to and Obeyed God / In your Life You must Listen to and Obey God

Nishu goes to the Hostel: It was the last day of 12th class. All the children were now going into college. Many would stay in hostels, away from home. Nishu was so excited! Being the 12th class topper, she got admission into a prestigious college and looked forward to the new experience. 

Daniel and his Friends (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego):

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Judah and took many handsome, healthy and intelligent men as slaves. The best slaves (Daniel and his friends) were treated very well. They were given food from the royal court, during their training.  Items like wine and meat were forbidden.

Nishu was surprised by the freedom she had at the hostel. There were rules, but mom and dad were not around to scold her if she did not follow them.  She could skip meals and stay out until late. But Nishu’s honesty and self-discipline made her stay true.  

Daniel and his friends too could have eaten every available food and drink. They could have broken the rules because no one was watching them, but Daniel knew that God was always watching them!  They did not touch the forbidden foods. Instead of royal food they had vegetables & water. The land, language, people, and culture changed but Daniel and his friends’ faith and devotion to their living God did not change. God blessed them and after three years of training, nobody could match Daniel and his friends’ health, wisdom and discipline.  

Nishu too always stood first in class as she chose not to attend late parties, and do bad things like many of her classmates. One day her jealous classmates made a plan to take her to a party to tempt her. Nishu went, but she did not give into temptation. Praise God!

The King’s Dream and its Fulfilment: One day, king Nebuchadnezzar had a strange dream that really troubled him. All his best magicians, enchanters could not interpret the dream but Daniel did it. After Nebuchadnezzar’s death, Belshazzar, a wicked man became the king. His kingdom was taken away by Darius the Medes after his death.

Daniel in Lions’ Den: Although King Darius liked Daniel very much his colleagues wanted to kill him.  They cunningly got an order from the king which stated that nobody can worship any other gods except king Darius. The one who disobeys the order would be thrown into the lions’ den. But Daniel  went home, got down on his knees and as usual prayed to his Living God three times a day. Daniel was thrown into the lions’ den but the lions did no harm him because God was with Daniel! Praise God!

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:   In the Game Players had to listen to Simon / In the Bible Daniel Listened to and Obeyed God / In your Life You must Listen to and Obey God

Memory Verse:  “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries.”  Daniel 2:47

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
What did you do when simon said “Simon Sez” ?
What happened when you did something without Simon saying “Simon Sez”? Did some people move without Simon?
Were you tempted to move too? 
Boys and Girls those that lasted the longest in our game were the ones that listened for the words “Simon Sez.” That sounds like our Bible Discovery!

2. Bible
Who did Daniel listen to? (God) Why?
What did Daniel do?
Did he do what the king said?
Did he do what God said?
Boys and girls Daniel lived in a land that tried to change him and his friends, but they stayed true to God and God received much Glory!

3. Life
Repeat after me: “Dear God, please help me to always be faithful to what your word says and not listen to outside influences. God who are the ones I should not listen to? *pause*. Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
(click here for worship songs “GameLife Strong & Powerful Worship Motions”)

5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Before class write each word of the memory verse on separate cards. Say the verse together several times. Divide the children into two teams and have a race to see which team can put the verse in the correct order in less time.

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