Two Truths and a Lie

Players take turns to share three statements about themselves and everyone else tries to guess which two statements are true and which is a lie. This no-prep ice-breaker game is ideal for adults and youths. You can also use this game to teach about false teachings or about honesty.  

Bible:  Mark 13:22-23; Matthew 24:24; Acts 20:29-31; 2 Peter 2:1; 1 John 4:1-3; Acts 17:11; Deuteronomy 4:2; Romans 16:17-18; Read Matthew 7:15-19; 2 John 1:9-11; Acts 5:1-11

Ages: 10 and above

Group Size: 4 or more

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Two Truths and a Lie Bible Game for Adults and Youths

How to Play

The best group size for this game is between 4 and 15 players.
If you have a larger gathering, break up into smaller groups.

Have everyone sit in a circle.
One person starts by telling the group two truths and one lie about himself/herself.
(Remind the players to present these statements in random order.)

The truths don’t have to be anything too personal; they can be about favorite foods, hobbies, past experiences or any random fact.
The lies can be something credible or totally ridiculous.

The rest of the group tries to guess which two statements are true and which one is the lie.
There can be a short discussion followed by a vote.
The person who shared the statements then reveals which is the lie.

The turn passes to the next person.

Bible Lesson for Adults/Youths – False Teachings

Get Started
1. Is it always easy to separate the truths from the lies?
2. What would make it easier for you to spot the lies?

None of us live in isolation from the rest of the world and so it is inevitable that we encounter “fake news” every now and then. The question is, how good are we in sieving out the lies from the truths? While some of these lies that we hear may be inconsequential, the Bible warns us to be on our guard against false christs, prophets and teachers.

Get into the Word
Read Mark 13:22-23; Matthew 24:24; Acts 20:29-31; 2 Peter 2:1
3. Why do you think there are so many Bible passages that warn us about false teachers?
4. What could result if we fall for some of these false teachings?

Read 1 John 4:1-3; Acts 17:11; Deuteronomy 4:2; Romans 16:17-18
5. How can we distinguish between true and false teachings?
6. What are some things we can do to guard ourselves against falling for false teachings?

Read Matthew 7:15-19; 2 John 1:9-11
7. How can we distinguish between a man of God and a false teacher?
8. How are we to treat false teachers?

Get the Word into your Life
9. Have you ever encountered any false teachers? Share with us your experience.
10. Matthew 4:5-7 tells us that when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Satan quoted the Scriptures. How did Jesus respond to Satan? What does this passage tell us about the importance of knowing the Bible?
11. Are you confident of identifying false teachings? On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you rate yourself? (1 being not confident at all and 10 being fully confident).
12. How does being connected to God’s community help protect ourselves from false teachings?
13. What are some things you can do to safeguard yourself and your family from false teachings?

Bible Lesson for Kids/Youths – Honesty

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. Was it always easy to spot a lie?
3. Have you ever had anyone lie to you before? Tell us about your experience.
4. Do you remember any Bible passages that talk about people telling lies? Tell us about these passages.

Say
Today, we will look at a Bible passage and learn about how God feels about lying.

Read
Acts 5:1-11

Discuss
5. What did Ananias and Sapphira do?
6. What could have prompted Ananias and Sapphira to lie about how much they sold the land for?
7. Why was God displeased with Ananias and Sapphira?
8. What happened to Ananias and Sapphira?
9. What does this passage tell us about how God feels about lying?

Conclude
When Ananias and Sapphira sold a piece of land that belonged to themselves, the money they received from the sale rightfully belonged to them. They could have kept the money for themselves, but they chose to keep only a portion of it and to give the remaining to the apostles to be shared with those in need. This by itself was not wrong. But what they did wrong was to lie about it – they lied that they had given all the sales proceeds to the apostles. Peter pointed out to both Ananias and Sapphira that they did not lie to man but to God.
This incident took place at a unique time when God was just starting to build his church. God’s harsh punishment of Ananias and Sapphira was to purify the church and to serve as a warning to the church that he would not tolerate sin.

Today, while God would probably not strike us dead immediately for telling lies, his character hasn’t changed. God is still pure and holy, and he still hates sin. And when we tell lies, even if people around us do not spot it, God knows. And he is not pleased when we tell lies.

Bible games are excellent tools for teaching Biblical truths. What are your thoughts on this game?

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