Carole Asselin and Catherine Fournier
used with permission
In fourth grade, the students at our local school receive a copy of a New Testament. Unfortunately though, from what I can gather, they have no idea how to use it since no one ever teaches them.
So, I came up with five games using their version of the New Testament (since the answers could change from one version to another). The games below use the Revised Standard Version Bible. If you don't have that version of the Bible in your home, or you want to create more of these games for your children, use the Bible you have and follow the general outline of these games. You could draw or paste in biblical illustrations to make a whole book of Bible games if you wanted.
(PS For those you you with a bit of cash to spare, a Bible on CD with a search function makes creating these games very, very easy. Bible CD's are also good for lots of other research as well.)
Match The Verses
Draw a line to match the biblical reference with a verse.
|Matt. 1:23||And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and when they had made an opening, they let down the pallet on which the paralytic lay.|
|Mark 1:17||This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.|
|Luke 1:27||Jesus said to him, "Again it is written, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"|
|John 1:29||And the Pharisees and their scribes murmured against his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?"|
|Matt. 4:7||And said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven."|
|Mark 2:4||For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, "He who through faith is righteous shall live."|
|Luke 5:30||And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross.|
|John 2:11||God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.|
|Acts 1:11||"Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, God with us).|
|Rom. 1:17||The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!|
|1Cor. 2:10||And Jesus said to them, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men."|
|Phil. 2:8||To a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.|
The second game is a crossword puzzle: there are about 15 words to find. Instead of definition clues, I provide a biblical reference; the kids just have to find a word from that verse to match the number of letters and the letters already filled in.
Fill In The Blanks
The third game was "fill in the blanks": a certain number of verses are provided with the references and a larger number of words are offered; the kids just have to fill in the blanks.
Matt. 1:24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord __________ him; he took his wife,
Matt. 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the __________ of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying,
Matt. 3:4 Now John wore a garment of __________'s hair, and a leather girdle around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.
Matt. 5:26 truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last __________.
Matt. 6:28 And why are you anxious about __________? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin;
Matt. 10:29 Are not two __________ sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's will.
Matt. 13:52 And he said to them, "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his __________ what is new and what is old."
Matt. 24:28 Wherever the body is, there the __________ will be gathered together.
Matt. 28:2 And behold, there was a great __________; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.
Matt. 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all __________, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
The fourth and fifth games are simply "find the animal" and "find the number". Several references are offered. The kids have to find which animal or which number is mentioned in the specific verse.
Find The Animal
Find The Number
The Cross Word Solution
The Animals Answers
Mark 1:10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a DOVE;
Luke 13:34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a HEN gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!
James 3:7 For every kind of beast and BIRD, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by humankind,
2Pet. 2:22 It has happened to them according to the true proverb, The DOG turns back to his own vomit, and the sow is washed only to wallow in the mire.
Luke 14:5 And he said to them, "Which of you, having a son or an OX that has fallen into a well, will not immediately pull him out on a sabbath day?
Matt. 21:2 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find an ASS tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me.
Matt. 19:24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a CAMEL to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
1Pet. 5:8 Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring LION, seeking some one to devour.
1Cor. 5:7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our paschal LAMB, has been sacrificed.
Matt. 18:12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred SHEEP, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray?
Matt. 25:33 and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the GOATS at the left.
John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the SERPENT in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up,
The Numbers Answers
Matt. 5:19 Whoever then relaxes ONE of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Matt. 20:30 And behold, TWO blind men sitting by the roadside, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, "Have mercy on us, Son of David!"
Mark 14:72 And immediately the cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, "Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me THREE times." And he broke down and wept.
John 11:17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb FOUR days.
John 6:10 Jesus said, "Make the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place; so the men sat down, in number about FIVE thousand.
Luke 13:14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the sabbath, said to the people, "There are SIX days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be healed, and not on the sabbath day."
Matt. 18:21 Then Peter came up and said to him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as SEVEN times?"
John 20:26 EIGHT days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you."
Luke 17:17 Then said Jesus, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the NINE?
Luke 17:12 And as he entered a village, he was met by TEN lepers, who stood at a distance
Acts 1:26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was enrolled with the ELEVEN apostles.
Mark 9:35 And he sat down and called the TWELVE; and he said to them, "If any one would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all."
My oldest daughter (11) finished four games within about an hour. And now she seems to know how to use biblical references.