Faith Matters

Faith Matters

 (Bible Overview #45 of 54)

One Main Truth:  Focus on Jesus have great faith that He will do great works through your yielded life.

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1 GAME: Not My Tail

Game / Bible / Life Connection:  Focused Players Did Well in the Game / In the Bible Peter Focused on Jesus Did the Supernatural Walked on Water / In your Life If You Focus on Jesus Alone He will Do Great Works through You

Supplies Needed
1. Divide all the Players into groups of 10 Players.  Each group holds hands and forms a large circle.  Drop hands and face the back the person to your right facing their “tail”
2. Distribute tails (a strip of fabric or string or anything that can easily be pulled off) to all the Players and have them tuck it into their pants, skirt, or belt loop if possible. (For Players who can’t tuck in a tail: tie a longer piece of cloth around their waste as a belt and then tuck the tail into that). [Important if “tails” are not available simply tag the player in front of you]
3. Explain that the object of the game is for the players to grab the tail of the player in front of them. When a tail is removed that player is out for this round.
4. When the Game Zone Leader says, “Stop,” the Players that still have their tail are the winners.

 

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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Mathew 14

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:   Focused Players Did Well in the Game / In the Bible Peter Focused on Jesus Did the Supernatural Walked on Water / In your Life If You Focus on Jesus Alone He will Do Great Works through You

The Big Fire: These days, people live in tall buildings. A young couple and their baby lived on the second floor. The apartment had a small balcony that hung above a common area below.  One day, as the husband was washing his scooter downstairs, he heard a loud sound and then screaming! He looked up and saw that his apartment was on fire! His wife and child were in the balcony crying for help. The gas cylinder had burst. The man shouted to his wife, “Throw the baby down! I will catch her!” The mother was hesitant at first. The father said, “Trust me! I will not let her fall!” The mother took God’s name and dropped the child. The father too put all his faith in The Lord, and caught the baby girl in his arms!  Praise God!

By then the firemen arrived and rescued the lady too. The fire was soon doused.

Jesus Walks on Water: One day, Jesus’ disciples were caught in a storm in the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was on the shore. His disciples were terrified. They called to Jesus for help.
Jesus simply walked on the water to reach them. When they were afraid of Him, He said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Peter said loudly, “Lord, if it is you, command me
to come to you on the water.” Jesus responded, “Come.”  Peter carefully stepped out of the boat and began to walk on the water towards Jesus. Peter fixed his eyes on Jesus at first, but the sound of the storm distracted him. He was afraid and began to sink in the water.  Peter immediately looked up at Jesus and cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Jesus reached out his hand and lifted Peter up, “You have such little faith Peter,” “Why did you doubt me?”  As soon as Jesus got into the boat the wind stopped and the water was calm. The disciples worshipped Jesus saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Jesus is the Son of the Living God; he has the power over nature and can do anything for those who trust him. Like Peter, if we reach out to God, He can save us from any storm of life. With Jesus we can experience miracle in our lives.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:    Focused Players Did Well in the Game / In the Bible Peter Focused on Jesus Did the Supernatural Walked on Water / In your Life If You Focus on Jesus Alone He will Do Great Works through You

Memory Verse:  “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.”  31b “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  Matthew 14:30, 31b

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 
Did you focus on your tail or the one in front of you?
Was it possible to look at your own pin and the one in front of you?
Boys and girls if you turned and looked you would lose the game, you had
to keep looking in front of you at the goal! That is just like our Bible Discovery!

2. Bible
What happened when Peter looked at Jesus while walking on the water?
(Peter did something supernatural, a miracle)
What happened when Peter became afraid and looked around at the wind and waves?
(Peter sank and cried out Lord save me)

3. Life
Repeat after me: “God, I want to live a live where I keep my eyes on you and you do super natural works through my life. What are some of the things that distract me from you? *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)
A “Trust Fall” game: Call out three children. Make two children stand behind the third, with locked arms, ready to catch. Then, the one standing in front falls backward blindly without bending his or her knees (get the distance right). The one who falls back blindly will land safely in the locked arms of the two standing behind (So that he/she won’t fall down on the ground). The idea is a great way to demonstrate how to trust each other.  Make them discuss the importance of trust.

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