Players are challenged to memorize 15 playing cards and their positions. A great game to learn about imitating Jesus.
Bible: Ephesians 5:1-21; Ephesians 4:20-24; John 13:15; 1 John 2:6; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Luke 6:40; Hebrews 10:24-25
Ages: 10 and above
Group Size: 2 or more
Supplies: Replication Worksheet – Download Here (1 copy per player), 1 deck of playing cards, Smart phone with camera, Timer, Pens or pencils (1 per player)
How to Play
– Without the players looking, the game master randomly picks 15 cards and arranges them in 3 rows of 5 cards per row.
– Take a photograph of the 15 cards.
– On “Go”, have the players look at the 15 cards for 10 seconds.
– When the 10 seconds are up, remove the 15 playing cards.
– Using the Replication Worksheet, get the players to replicate the playing cards and their positions. (Do this individually, no talking allowed.)
– Check everyone’s answer against the photograph and award points:
10 points for each correct card & position
5 points for each correct card but wrong position
– Record the players’ scores on their respective Replication Worksheet.
– Play the game again with another 15 cards but allow the players to look for 1 minute instead of 10 seconds.
– Check everyone’s answer against the photograph and record the players’ scores on their respective Replication Worksheet.
– Play the game again with another 15 cards but allow players to work in teams. Players are given 1 minute to look at the cards. Discussion is allowed and each team only needs to write down their answers on one Replication Worksheet.
– Check each team’s answer against the photograph and record the teams’ scores on their respective Replication Worksheet.
Bible Lesson for Adults/Youths – Imitating Jesus
1. Growing up, were there people in your life that you tried to imitate? (It could be an older sibling, sports star, singer, actor/actress or other celebrity.)
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Read Ephesians 5:1-21
2. What aspects of God are easier to imitate?
3. What aspects of God are more difficult to imitate?
4. What does “walking in love” look like?
5. What are three behaviors listed in Ephesians 5:3 that Christians are not to participate in.
Why do you think this is so important?
6. What is “foolish talk” and “crude joking”?
Can you give examples of these?
Why are these type of speech “out of place”?
7. According to Ephesians 5:15-21, what is involved in walking wisely?
8. How can we get better at “discerning what is pleasing to the Lord” (v10) and “understanding what the will of the Lord is” (v17)?
9. From the scores of the 3 rounds of the game we played earlier, what can we learn about imitating Jesus?
Read Ephesians 4:20-24
10. What does it mean to “put off your old self” and “put on the new self”?
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11. As we imitate Jesus, what are some things we can do to “put off our old self”?
12. What are some things we can do to “put on our new self”?
Bible Lesson for Kids/Youths – Imitating Jesus
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. Did you find it easy to remember all the cards and positions?
In this game, we tried to copy the cards and positions.
Do you remember reading any passages in the Bible about copying? What are some passages that come to mind?
John 13:15; 1 John 2:6; 1 Corinthians 11:1
3. Who does the Bible tell us to imitate?
4. What does it mean to “put off your old self” and “put on the new self”?
5. As we imitate Jesus, what are some things we can do to “put off our old self”?
6. What are some things we can do to “put on our new self”?
7. How can a disciple be like his teacher?
8. What do you think training to be like Jesus involves?
9. In the game we played earlier, did you do better in round 1 or in round 2? Why do you think this is the case?
In the game, when we spend more time looking at the cards, we get better at replicating the cards and their positions. In the same way, when we spend more time with Jesus by reading the Bible and praying, we get better at imitating Him.
10. In the game we played earlier, did you do better in round 2 or in round 3? Why do you think this is the case?
11. What are some things we can do to help one another become more like Jesus?
In the game, working as a team makes it easier to replicate the cards and their positions. In the same way, imitating Jesus is easier when we walk together as brothers and sisters.
The Bible tells us that as disciples of Jesus, we must follow Jesus’ examples and try to become more like him. As we imitate Jesus, there may be some things in our lives we need to stop doing, and some things we need to do more of. When we spend more time with Jesus by reading the Bible and praying, we get better at imitating Him. And we cannot do this in isolation from other disciples of Jesus. God has given us each other to help us in our journey of imitating Jesus.
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