Wait Your Turn

Play a game that requires taking turns to teach patience.  

Bible:  Colossians 3:12; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Proverbs 15:18; Galatians 5:16,22-23; Ecclesiastes 3:1,11; James 1:2-4; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 40:30-31

Ages: 6 and above

Group Size: 4 or more

Supplies: A game of your choice, depending on the age of players. (Suggestions: Chutes and Ladders, Jenga, Pick-up-sticks)

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Wait Your Turn Bible Game

How to Play

Gather everyone to play the selected game together.
The bigger the group, the longer the waiting time between turns, and hence, a greater need for patience.
For games such as Chutes and Ladders that is meant for a maximum of 4 players, you can include additional game tokens to play with more players.

Bible Lesson – Patience

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy the game? Why or why not?
2. In this game, you had to take turns to play. How do you feel about this?
3. Do you sometimes get impatient waiting for your turn?
4. Would you describe yourself as a patient person? Tell us more? Give us some examples of how you were patient/impatient.

Say
Patience is the quality of waiting calmly without complaining.

Discuss
5. What are some Bible passages that you can think of that talk about patience?

Read
Colossians 3:12; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Proverbs 15:18

Discuss
6. What does “clothe yourself with patience” mean?
7. Why do you think God wants us to clothe ourselves with patience?
8. Why does God want us to be patient with one another?
9. When is it easy to be patient with someone?
10. When is it difficult to be patient with someone?
11. Do you sometimes get impatient with yourself? Tell us more.
12. How can we become more patient, even with difficult people?

Read
Galatians 5:16,22-23

Discuss
13. What does it mean to walk by the Spirit?
14. If we walk by the Spirit, what will the Spirit produce in our lives?

Conclude
Patience is the quality of waiting calmly without complaining.
Sometimes this is easy – like when we are doing things that we enjoy or dealing with people we like, or when we have something to look forward.
But it can become challenging when we are doing something that is difficult or takes very long to do, and when we are dealing with difficult people or someone we don’t really like.
God wants us to be patient not just with ourselves, but also with one another. If we walk closely with God and yield to the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit produces good fruit in our lives, including patience!

Optional: This next section deals specifically with patience with God

Discuss
15. Do you sometimes get impatient with God? Tell us more.
16. Why do you think sometimes God takes so long to answer our prayers?

Read
Ecclesiastes 3:1,11; James 1:2-4; Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 40:30-31

Say
Sometimes God seems to be taking an extra-long time to answer our prayers.
When this happens, we need to examine ourselves, because sometimes it is our own doubts, sins or sinful desires that hinder our prayers.
But oftentimes we simply do not understand the reason for the delay in God’s answering our prayers, especially when the thing that we are praying for seems perfectly in line with what God wants for us. Nonetheless we must continue to wait on him and trust that he will make all things beautiful in his time. He may be testing and refining us, and he will sustain us if we continue to trust in him.

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