This Challenge looks at the events of Joseph’s life and asks whether God was using each one as a Tool (to shape Joseph), a Test (to reveal the quality of his heart) or new Territory (to give him more ministry for the Lord).
- Genesis 37-50
- Card stock paper – 1 sheet per person (Alternatively, you can use posterboard, but you will then need to glue the pyramid pattern to the posterboard.)
- Printouts of the pyramid pattern – 1 per person (The file for printing is called, “JJ – Tool, Test or Territory? – Pyramid (CHALLENGE),” and it can be found on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com. It would be best if the pyramids were printed in color.)
- Printouts of the Questions and Answers sheets for group leaders – 1 per group (The file for printing is called, “JJ – Tool, Test or Territory? – Questions and Answers Sheet (CHALLENGE),” and it can be found on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com. This can be printed in black and white on regular paper.)
- Challenge Card (The file for printing is called, “JJ – Tool, Test or Territory? – Challenge Card (CHALLENGE),” and it can be found on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com. This can be printed in black and white on regular paper. There are two Challenge Cards per page.)
- Glue sticks – several per group
- Envelope – 1 per group
- Rulers – several per group (to help with creasing)
- Ziplock bags – gallon size – 1 per group
- Scissors or cutting tools – 1 per person
- Print out the pyramid patterns on card stock paper (or on regular paper and then glue them to posterboard).
- Put enough pyramid patterns into each Ziplock bag for each participant in the group to have one. (If you want to save time facilitating this challenge, you can cut out the pyramids yourself.)
- Print out the Challenge Card document.
- Cut the Challenge Card document in half (each half is identical), and put one in each Ziplock bag (one per group).
- Print the Questions and Answers document out (one per group) and put it in an envelope. Then add it to the Ziplock bag for each group.
- Put glue sticks and scissors (or cutting tools) in each Ziplock bag (enough for sharing or for each participant in each group).
- Practice the script.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “We’re going to do a group Challenge today.”
- “It’s called, “Tool, Test or Territory?” and it’s part of the Joseph’s Journey Series.”
- “First, I’ll need to divide you into groups.” (Divide the participants into the number of groups for which you have prepared kits.)
- “Each group will have a Ziplock bag with a Challenge Card, some pyramid patterns, glue, scissors, rulers and an envelope.”
- “When I tell you to go, open your Ziplock bags, and begin cutting out your pyramid patterns. There are enough for everyone to have one.”
- “After they are cut out, use the rulers to crease your pyramids along all the lines.”
- “Then, put glue anywhere it says, ‘GLUE-GLUE-GLUE,’ and glue these tabs INSIDE your pyramid. The square part is the bottom of the pyramid, and the four triangles are the top.”
- “When you are done, your group leader will open the envelope to get the Questions and Answers sheet and ask you about different experiences in Joseph’s life.”
- “Everyone in the group should vote about how you think God was using that experience in Joseph’s life.”
- “If you think God was using it as a ‘Tool,’ show the ‘Tool’ side of the pyramid to your group leader.”
- “A ‘Tool’ experience is when God uses it to shape our character to make us more like Jesus and develop skills / knowledge we can use to serve Him.”
- “If you think God was using it as a “Test,’ show the ‘Test’ side of the pyramid to your group leader.”
- “A ‘Test’ experience is when God uses it to test our hearts and show us our character and maturity.”
- “If you think God was using it as a ‘Territory,’ show the ‘Territory’ side of the pyramid to your group leader.”
- “A ‘Territory’ experience is when God uses it to invite us to take more territory (which is an area of influence or ministry) for His glory.”
- “If you think God was using it for more than one reason, show the fourth side of your pyramid to your group leader.”
- “Be ready…your group leader will probably ask you why you voted the way that you did.”
- (Let them begin. When they finish making their pyramids, open the envelope and give them the quiz by reading off each experience and asking them to vote with their pyramids. After each vote, ask a few of the participants to tell you why they voted the way they did; then, share the correct answer and explanation from the sheet. When they are finished with the quiz, have them answer the Debrief Questions below (also on their Challenge Cards. The Rhyme Time is a reinforce to help them remember that the events of their lives can be used by God in a big way.)
- What do you think about all these events in Joseph’s life?
- What did you learn about how God uses our experiences to prepare us for the future?
- What is a Tool, a Test or a new Territory God has recently used in your life?
Often what’s hard is a tool and a test;
God will help me to do what’s best!