How to Play
For each round, there will be a moderator who will not play that round.
Have everyone else sit in a circle, facing inwards.
At the start of each round, everyone except the moderator closes their eyes.
The moderator walks around and secretly appoints 2 murderers by tapping 2 players on the head once.
The moderator also secretly appoints 2 detectives by tapping 2 players on the head twice.
For a larger group, the moderator can appoint more murderers and detectives.
Objectives of the game:
- For the murderers – to kill the detectives without getting caught.
- For the detectives – to identify the murderers without getting killed.
Have everyone open their eyes and begin the game.
At the start of the game, only the moderator knows the identity of the murderers and detectives.
Everyone must maintain eye contact with other players.
The murderer must try to murder as many people and as quickly as possible.
To murder someone, the murderer must wink at that person.
The person who has been murdered must “drop dead” as dramatically as possible.
Remain lying down or move away from the circle. They are out of the game for that round.
(Murderers cannot be murdered. Everyone else, including detectives, can be murdered.)
Anytime during the game, a detective can guess who the murderers are.
Do this by revealing to everyone that you are a detective and declaring that you wish to accuse another player of murder. You can only make one accusation at a time.
If the detective guesses correctly, the murderer is caught and is out of the game for that round.
If the detective guesses wrongly, the detective must “drop dead”. They are out of the game for that round.
The game continues until all the murderers are caught (detectives win) or all the detectives are dead (murderers win).
Play as many rounds as you like.
Variation Without Moderator
To play without moderators, you will need a deck of cards.
If you are playing with 10 players, you will need 10 cards.
Decide beforehand which cards represent murderers and which cards represent detectives.
At the start of each round, deal 1 card to each player.
Players must keep their cards secret.
Play as usual, except that players must reveal their cards when they are murdered.
Bible Lesson – False Teachers / False Teachings (Youth/Adults)
1. Is it always easy to identify Christians amongst our schoolmates, colleagues, neighbors, friends and relatives?
2. Is it always easy to identify true or false teachers?
Get into the Word
Read Matthew 7:15-20
3. Who did Jesus warn his disciples about?
Read Acts 20:28-30
4. What did Apostle Paul warn the Ephesian church elders about?
Read 2 Peter 2:1-3; Jude 1:3-4 and Galatians 1:6-10
5. Where will you find false teachers?
6. What do false teachers teach about Christ and the gospel?
7. Jesus says in Matthew 7:16, “By their fruit you will recognize them.” What does this mean? What kind of “fruit” will you observe in false teachers?
8. Why do you think the Bible contains so many warnings against false teachers? What could result if we fall for the teachings of 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 teachers? 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?