Picture Perfect Bible Scavenger Hunt

In this scavenger hunt, teams must use the Bible to solve 66 simple puzzles. (One from each book of the Bible.) The answers to these puzzles are the items they must hunt for. A great activity for family or ministry events. You can also use this game to teach about the Bible, the Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl or the Parable of the Lost Sheep.

Bible:  2 Timothy 3:16-17; Matthew 13:44-46; Luke 15:1-7

Ages: 6 and above

Group Size: 5 or more

Supplies: Bible Scavenger Hunt Clues – Download Here, Bible Scavenger Hunt Worksheet – Download Here, Bible Scavenger Hunt Answers – Download Here, Bibles (our clues are based on the NIV), Pens or Pencils, Smart Phones with camera or Digital cameras, Watch or Timer

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Bible Scavenger Hunt

Preparation

How to Play

The objective of this game is to find as many of the 66 items as possible within the given time.

Game Play
1. Divide into teams. Each team can have 1-5 players.
(Teams can be larger, but smaller teams allow everyone to be involved.)
If you are playing with children, ensure that each group is accompanied by at least one adult.

2. Work in teams to solve the puzzles on Bible Scavenger Hunt Clues by looking up the Bible.

3. Write down your answers in the Bible Scavenger Hunt Worksheet.

4. Hunt for the items, then take a group selfie of the entire group together with each item.
(This is to ensure that the entire group stays together in hunting for the items, and that the group really found the items and not just pictures from the internet!)
You may want to award bonus points for the most creative photos to add to the fun.

5. Return to the starting point before the designated ending time.

Before sending the teams off, ensure the following:
1. Each team has these items:
– 1 copy of the Bible Scavenger Hunt Clues
– 1 copy of the Bible Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
– At least 1 Bible (we recommend using the NIV Bible for this game as our clues are written with reference to this version)
– Pen or pencil
– Smart phone with camera or digital camera
– Watch or timer

2. All players know:
– The boundaries – where can or can’t go.
– The mode(s) of transportation allowed – can they drive, cycle, take the public transport, or just walk?
– The time that they must return. (Be sure to specify the penalty for late return!)
– The scoring system

Scoring system
– 5 points for each correct answer on the Bible Scavenger Hunt Worksheet
– 20 points for each group photo with the correct item
– Points will be deducted for late return (10 point per minute)
– 100 bonus points (optional) for the 5 most creative photos

Bible Lesson – What is the Bible?

Discuss
1. Did you have fun?
2. Which did you enjoy more? Solving the puzzles or hunting for the items?
3. Were the puzzles easy to solve? Did you get all the answers correct?
4. Which items were easiest to find? Which were most difficult?

Say
In this game, we looked for 66 items. Each of these items was selected from one book of the Bible.
The Bible is a collection of 66 books. It is organized into two main parts: Old Testament and New Testament.
There are 5 sections within each of these parts:

Old Testament
Law
History
Poetry
Major Prophets
Minor Prophets
New Testament
Gospels
History
Letters from Paul
General Letters
Prophecy

 

Read
2 Timothy 3:16-17

Discuss
5. What is another name for the Bible?
6. Who wrote the Bible?

Say
The Bible is sometimes referred to as Scripture or Scriptures.
Different human authors wrote different books of the Bible.
There are altogether more than 40 human authors who took about 1500 years to write all 66 books of the Bible.
However, the entire Bible tells one unified story because God is the real author behind these human authors.
God’s Spirit worked within the human authors to inspire them to write the Bible.

Discuss
7. Why is the Bible important?

Conclusion
The Bible tells us all about God and his relentless love for us.
It tells us how we can have a relationship with God and how we can fulfill God’s plans for our lives.
It teaches us to distinguish between what is right and wrong in God’s eyes, and trains and equips us to do God’s work.

Bible Lesson – Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl

Discuss
1. Did you have fun?
2. Which did you enjoy more? Solving the puzzles or hunting for the items?
3. Was the puzzle easy to solve? Did you get all the answers correct?
4. Which items were easiest to find? Which were most difficult?
5. What do you think was the most precious item that you found today?

Say
Today, we will look at two parables Jesus told about something very, very valuable that two people found.

Read
Matthew 13:44-46

Discuss
6. What did the man and merchant find?
7. What did they do after finding these items?
8. Why do you think they did that?
9. What is Jesus teaching us through these parables? What did Jesus liken the kingdom of heaven to?

Say
In these parables, the man and the merchant were willing to sell everything that they had in exchange for the hidden treasure and the pearl.
And Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like the treasure and the pearl.
The point of these parables is that the kingdom of heaven, having Jesus as our Lord and Savior, is immensely valuable; it is worth more than anything in this world!

Discuss
10. How valuable is the kingdom of Jesus to you?
Is it worth more than your most valued possession?
Would you be willing to sacrifice your time to serve Jesus?
Would you be willing to sacrifice your personal comforts to serve Jesus?

Conclude
These parables teach us that the kingdom of heaven, having Jesus as our Lord and Savior, is worth more than anything in this world! And those who truly understand this are prepared to give up everything for Jesus.

Bible Lesson – Parable of the Lost Sheep

Discuss
1. Did you have fun?
2. Which did you enjoy more? Solving the puzzles or hunting for the items?
3. Was the puzzle easy to solve? Did you get all the answers correct?
4. Which items were easiest to find? Which were most difficult?
5. Did you manage to find all 66 items? How many did you find?
6. Do you remember reading any Bible passages about looking for items? What are some Bible stories that come to mind?

Say
Today, we will look at a parable Jesus told about looking for a lost sheep.

Read
Luke 15:1-7

Discuss
7. How many sheep did the man in the parable have?
8. What did he do when one of the sheep got lost?
9. What did he do after finding the lost sheep?
10. In the parable, what do the sheep represent?
11. What is Jesus teaching us through this parable?

Conclude
Each one of us is special and precious in God’s eyes. He loves each and every single one of us. We are so valuable to Jesus that he is prepared to give up everything to seek each one of us. And the heavens rejoice with each person who returns to God.

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