Do You Prefer…

Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla? Summer or winter? Players choose their preferences by moving to either side of the room. Use this game to teach about peer pressure. 

Bible: Daniel 1:1-21; Psalm 1:1-6; Galatians 1:10; Acts 5:29; John 12:26

Ages: 6 and above

Group Size: 4 or more

Supplies: Do you Prefer Cards – Download Here

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Do You Prefer Youth Group Game

Preparation

Download, print and cut up the Do You Prefer Cards.
You will need 1 copy per player.

Do You Prefer Cards

How to Play

Ask the following “Do You Prefer…” questions one at a time:
– Chocolate or Vanilla
– Ironman or Batman
– Summer or Winter
– Red or Blue
– Cats or Dogs
– Day or Night
– Movies or Games
– Saturdays or Sundays
– Noisy or Quiet
– Burgers or Pizzas

After each question, players move to either the left or right side of the room, depending on their answers.
Give out the appropriate cards to each player accordingly.

After all 10 questions have been answered, players try to find another person with the exact same combination of cards.

Bible Lesson for Youths/Adults – Peer Pressure

Get Started
1. Did you have to think very hard for any of the 10 questions?
2. In deciding which side to move to, were you influenced by where others moved?

Get into the Word
Read Daniel 1:1-21
3. What was Nebuchadnezzar trying to do with these young men?
4. What was Ashpenaz trying to accomplish by changing the names of Daniel and his three friends?
5. Why was Daniel unwilling to eat the royal food?
6. What steps did Daniel take to provide an alternative to the king’s plan?
7. What do you think helped Daniel make such a stand?

Read Psalm 1:1-6
8. What does this Psalm say about a person who walks in the ways of sinners? What will happen to these people?
9. In contrast, what does this Psalm say about a person who does not walk in the ways of sinners? What will happen to these people?

Get the Word into your Life
10. How can we determine if the activities we engage in are pleasing to God?
11. What can we learn from Daniel about how to respond when our biblical values are challenged?
12. Have you ever been caught in a situation where you were pressured to do something you didn’t want to do? Tell us more.
13. What aspect of Daniel’s character or conduct impresses you the most?
14. How can you cultivate that same quality in your own life?

Bible Lesson for Kids – Peer Pressure

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. In deciding which side to move to, were you influenced by where others moved?
3. Have you ever been caught in a situation where your friends tried to make you do something that you didn’t want to do? Tell us more.
What did your friends want you to do?
Why didn’t you want to do it?
What happened in the end?
4. Do you remember any Bible passages that talk about something like this? Where someone was asked to do something he didn’t want to do?

Say
The Bible tells us in Daniel 1 that the king of Babylon, king Nebuchadnezzar, conquered Jerusalem and brought some of Jerusalem’s capable young men into his palace. Daniel was amongst those captured.

Read
Daniel 1:3-8

Discuss
5. What did king Nebuchadnezzar want to do with these capable young men? (verses 4-5)
6. Why did Daniel refuse to eat the royal food and wine? (verse 8)

Read
Daniel 1:9-10

Discuss
7. What does verse 10 suggest to you about king Nebuchadnezzar?
Do you think refusing to eat the royal food was a brave thing to do?
8. What would you have done if you were in Daniel’s position?

Say
Daniel worshiped God and followed God’s ways. But the Babylonian king and people did not worship God; they had a different culture and lifestyle from Daniel’s people.
The Bible did not tell us in detail about the food and wine that Daniel refused to eat and drink, but the important thing is that Daniel wanted to stay true to God. He did not want to eat and drink what he felt would dishonor God because they were unacceptable to the Jewish traditions and teachings.

Discuss
9. Think about one time when you refused to do what people around you did because you felt it was wrong.
Tell us what the people around you did and why you felt it was wrong.
How did you feel standing up for what you believed was right?
What happened in the end?

Say
Sometimes we get caught in situations where we do not agree with what the people around us are doing. And sometimes we feel pressured to comply and just blend in with the crowd.
Being different or doing things differently from people around you may difficult and scary; often times there is a risk of us not being accepted because of it.

Read
Psalm 1:1-6

Discuss
10. What does this Psalm say about a person who walks in the ways of sinners? What will happen to these people?
11. In contrast, what does this Psalm say about a person who does not walk in the ways of sinners? What will happen to these people?

Read
Galatians 1:10; Acts 5:29; John 12:26

Discuss
12. What do these verses tell us? Why is it important for us to obey God even if people around us do not agree with us?

Conclude
It is important for us to read the Bible regularly so that we know what pleases God and what doesn’t. And when we are caught between pleasing God and man, we must be able to stand our ground and decide to honor God even if it means disagreeing with the people around us. It may be scary and difficult, but it will be worth it.

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