2 by 2 Memory Game

This Bible memory game can be played as an introduction to a lesson on being part of a Christian community or Noah’s Ark. 

Bible: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Hebrews 10:24-25; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Genesis 6:5-9:17

Ages: 6 to 10

Group Size: 2 or more

Supplies: Animals Memory Game Cards – Download Here
(If your lesson is on being part of a Christian community, a regular deck of playing cards also works.)

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Bible Memory Game

Preparation

Download and print 2 copies of the Animals Memory Game Cards. Cut each copy into 16.

Animals Cards

How to Play

Mix the cards and place them all facing down.

Each player takes turns to open two cards.

If they are the same, you may keep these two cards and open another two cards.

Otherwise the turn passes to the next player.

Continue playing until all the cards have been collected.

If you are using a regular deck of playing cards, a matching pair would be cards of similar number and similar color (red or black).

Tips

If you are playing with younger children, consider using fewer cards.
(Do not randomly remove cards – ensure that all cards used are matching pairs.)

Bible Lesson – Better Together

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this activity? Why or why not?
2. Was it easy for you to remember the positions of the cards?
3. In this game, we try find matching pairs of cards. Do you know any Bible passages about pairs?

Read
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Discuss
4. According to this passage, why is two better than one?
5. Can you share some of your own personal experiences where two is better than one?

Read
Hebrews 10:24-25

Discuss
6. According to this passage, why is it good for us to meet together?
7. Can you share some of your own personal experiences where you were encouraged by someone?

Read
1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27

Discuss
8. In this passage, what analogy did the apostle Paul use to represent the Christian community?

Read
1 Corinthians 12:15-20,26

Discuss
9. Does every part of the body have the same function?
10. Does everyone in the Christian community have the same capabilities?
11. What do you think of this analogy, that we Christians are the body of Christ and Christ is the head?
How does being one part of the body make you feel about yourself?
How does it help you in your relationship with to other Christians?
12. Why is it important for each member of the Christian community to care for and support one another?

Read
1 Corinthians 12:21-25

Discuss
13. As one body of Christ, how does God want us to treat one another?

Conclude
The Bible uses various analogies to emphasize that we are not alone, and that God does not want us to live as individuals. We, as fellow believers in Christ Jesus, are all part of his body, with Christ as the head. We must learn to work as one united body and support one another. We must learn to rely on one another for support, so that we can collectively do more for God.

Bible Lesson – Noah’s Ark

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this activity? Why or why not?
2. Was it easy for you to find your counterpart?
3. Do you like animals? What are some of your favorite animals?
4. Do you know any Bible passages about pairs of animals?

Read
Genesis 6:5-9:17
(This passage is rather long. Instead of reading directly from the Bible, you may want to tell the story of Noah’s Ark with the aid of a YouTube video, PowerPoint slides, puppets or even a children’s Bible.)

Discuss
5. Why did God ask Noah to build an ark?
6. Why did God decide to send a flood? (Genesis 6:5-8)
7. Why did Noah find favor in God’s eyes? (Genesis 6:8-9)

Say
In this story, we learned that God sent judgement on the earth because the people on the earth were evil. But God saved Noah and his family because Noah was righteous.
Even though God promised (Genesis 8:21) that he will never send a flood like this ever again, this Bible story is still relevant to us today.

Discuss
8. Does God notice when we sin? How does God feel when we sin?
9. Does God notice when we obey him? How does that make God feel?

Conclude
Our actions matter to God, and he notices. Our sins make God sad. It is important that we always honor and obey him in our hearts and in everything that we do.

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