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The One Anothers of Scripture (INFOGRAPHIC)


One Anothers of ScriptureHere’s a visual that shows all the “one anothers” that I was able to find in the Scriptures, e.g, “love one another,” “forgive one another” and so on.  The size of each of the keywords to the left of the Scriptures indicates the relative number of times it appears in the Bible.

You can find the slide to download on the Lesson and Material Downloads page.  It is listed alphabetically as “One Anothers of Scripture, The (INFOGRAPHIC).”

You can use this resource in a variety of ways:

  • Assign a few “one another” topics to individual or groups, and have them read the associated Scriptures.  Have them share about the context in which each “one another” was given.
  • Have a discussion about the large number of “one anothers” in the New Testament.  Why are there so many? What are the implications for us as Christians?  How well are we doing?
  • Use the list of “one anothers” as a self-assessment.  In which areas are you (or your participants) doing well? In which areas could you improve?
  • Compare the number of times each of the “one anothers” appears in Scripture.  What messages should we take away from this?  How should this affect our behaviors?
  • Ask participants to group the “one anothers” into major themes.  What do they learn from this exercise?

 

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Team Member Highs and Lows (ACTIVITY)


Thumbs Up and DownTime

30-90 minutes (depending on team size and sharing times)
Description

This activity is a great way for teams to connect when they haven’t met for some time.  Each member shares their “high” (best experience) and “low” (worst experience) since the last time the team was together.  After each person shares, you might want to have another team member pray for that individual.

 

NOTE:  This activity can get very emotional.  Have a box of tissues available.  Also, if you don’t set clear guidelines at the beginning regarding how long people should share, it will be difficult to do it later if you notice you are going over time.

 

Audience

Children, youth, adults

 

Materials

  • None

 

Preparation

  • None

 

Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “Since we haven’t been together for some time, I would like for us to spend some time sharing about our personal highlights and struggles.”
  • “We are going to go around the room, and each person with share their ‘high’ (best experience) and ‘low’ (worst experience) since the last time the team was together.”
  • “While they are sharing, I ask that everyone just listen carefully.”
    “Once they are done, I would like to ask for someone from the group to pray for that person.”
  • “We have _______ minutes for this activity, so I would like to ask each person to try to keep your sharing to ________ minutes or less.”
  • “I’ll go first so that you can hear what I mean by highs and lows.”  (Be the first person to share.  It’s important that you model the type of sharing you want from the group.  If you share something superficial, most of the others will probably do the same.  But if you disclose something meaningful, many others will feel comfortable doing the same.)

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Spiritual Frisbee Golf (GAME)


Audience

Children, Teens, Adults

Time

30-60 minutes (depending upon how challenging your course is)
Description

This outdoor game is a combination of two popular sports with a spiritual twist.  Participants will throw Frisbees (flying disks) toward nine different targets.  It’s a little like playing Frisbee; it’s a little like playing golf.  The flying disk represents God’s Word, and the targets represent the hearts of those who do not yet know Him.  This can be a fun way to talk about evangelism and the importance of the Body of Christ working together to introduce people to God.

Scriptures

  • 1 Corinthians 3:4-9

Materials

o  Frisbees or flying disks (one per team, preferably different colors – if you can’t find a Frisbee or flying disk, you could use plastic plates – the heavier kind)

o  Targets (nine per team, each set of nine in a different color.  The targets should be approximately 2 ft by 2 ft or a little larger.  You could use colored towels, squares of posterboard, pieces of fabric or even circles made out of rope.)

o  Notecards (nine per team)

o  A marker with a thick tip

o  Tape (one roll)

o  Prizes for the winning team (optional)

o  Bibles (one per team)

Preparation

o  Number the notecards one to nine for each team.

o  Tape the notecards to the nine targets for each team, i.e., each team should have targets numbered, one to nine.

o  Set out your targets (nine per team) over a large area, preferably with some obstacles (like trees, bushes, buildings, cars, etc) in the way.

o   It’s important that you don’t make it too easy for them.

o   Try to make each team have about the same difficulty as the others.

o   I recommend that you space your targets at least 100 ft apart so that it takes several throws to land the disk on the target.

o   You can put your targets in numerical order, or you can mix them up to create more difficulty.

o   You might want to put all your #9 targets in the same place so that it is easy for you to determine who the winning team is.

o  Divide participants into teams.


Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “We are going to play a game of Frisbee golf.”
  • “If you aren’t familiar with a ‘Frisbee,’ it’s a flying disk that you pass to each other.”
  • “Many people in different parts of the world play Frisbee golf, which is like the game of golf but uses a flying disk instead of a small ball and clubs.”
  • “But this game of Frisbee Golf is a little different from how others typically play it.”
  • “We are playing ‘Spiritual Frisbee Golf.’”
  • “The Frisbee (or flying disk) represents God’s Word, and each of the targets that you will be aiming for represent the heart of someone who doesn’t know the Lord.”
  • “Your team members will take turns throwing the Frisbee (God’s Word) closer and closer to the target (the heart of a lost person).”
  • “When you get the Frisbee to successfully land on top of the target (the heart of a lost person), then you can start throwing the Frisbee toward the next target.”
  • “There are nine targets (nine lost people) for each team.”
  • “The first team to land their Frisbee on top of all nine targets will be the winner.”
  • “You can strategize as a team to decide how you will pass the Frisbee, but you have to make sure that every person on the team participates in the throwing.”
  • “That means that you have to take turns so that no single individual is doing all the throwing.”
  • “Billy Graham once said that it takes 20 people to lead someone to Christ.  The first 19 think they had nothing to do with it, but the 20th person couldn’t have led the person to Christ without the work the others did to prepare the soil of the person’s heart for the seed of God’s Word.”
  • “So you have to work together.”
  • “Each team has a different color for their set of targets.”
  • “You can’t see all the targets from here, so you will have to figure out where they are as you go.”
  • “Just remember that there are nine.”
  • “What questions do you have before we begin?”  (Answer any questions.  Then, give the signal to start.  After all the teams have finished, award a prize to the winning team if you like, and have the teams take some time to answer the debriefing questions below.)

 

Debriefing Questions

  • o What comparisons can you make between this game and getting God’s Word into peoples’ hearts?
  • o What obstacles did you have to overcome?
  • o What might these obstacles represent in our efforts to win people to the Lord?
  • o How did your team work together?
  • o How was this like how the Body of Christ should work together to win those who are lost?
  • o Read 1 Corinthians 3:4-9.  How does this relate to the activity?
  • o What will you take away from what you have learned?

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Isaiah 61 Scavenger Hunt (GAME)


Audience

Children, Teens, Adults

Time

60-90 minutes (depending on how difficult you make the pictures to find)
Description

This scavenger hunt uses images from Isaiah 61 (using the NIV translation).  You will hide 48 pictures representing lines from the chapter, and participants will try to find them.  This activity is designed for group competition.

 

There are two different sets of participant worksheets at the end of this lesson.  You can choose the level of difficulty for your group by selecting either the worksheet with descriptions of the pictures or the one with blanks.  If you choose the one with blanks, participants will have to decide which pictures represent each of the different lines from the Scripture and put them in order.

 

Scriptures

  • Isaiah 61

 

Materials

o  Copies of the participant worksheets at the end of this lesson.  Choose either the one with descriptions or the blank version (if you want to increase the difficulty).  You will need one copy of the worksheet per team.

o  Copies of the pictures representing lines from Isaiah 61.  (One set per team – you can find these pictures on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com.  The name of the file is “Isaiah 61 Scavenger Hunt – Photos.”)  There are 48 pictures in the file.  Print them in color if you can, but black and white will be fine.

o  Tape or some other means of posting the pictures in different places.

o  (Optional) Prizes for the winning team.

o  Bible

Preparation

o  Print out copies of the participant worksheets at the end of this lesson (one per team).

o  Print out copies of the pictures mentioned in the Materials section above (one set per team).

o  Hide all the pictures around the teaching area, outdoors or in a large facility, where the group can be free to run around.  Use the tape or other adhesive to hang the pictures in different places.  You can increase the difficulty by hiding them in difficult-to-find places, or you can make them obvious for younger participants.  You may choose to put multiple copies of each picture in the same place (one copy each for each different team to find), or you can hide them in different places.

o  Divide participants into teams.

 


Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “We are going to do a scavenger hunt that will help us better understand a chapter from the book of Isaiah.”
  • “I’ve hidden 48 different pictures.” (Describe the general location where the pictures are hidden.)
  • “Each one represents an image from chapter 61 of Isaiah.”
  • “Each team will compete with the others to see who can find all 48 of the hidden pictures first.”
  • “I’m going to ask that in the interest of good sportsmanship and fairness that you don’t take more than one copy of any of the pictures.”
  • “Each of the 48 pictures is different from the others, so you will only need one copy.”
  • “I’m also going to ask that teams stay together as they search for the pictures.”
  • “That means that you can’t separate to find the pictures faster.”
  • “If you separate, there’s a good chance that you will collect duplicate pictures and make it impossible for another team to finish.”
  • “When you collect all your pictures, come back here and put them in the correct order on the floor (or have them stick them to the wall).”
  • “The first team to put them all in the right order wins!”
  • “Does anyone have any questions?”  (Answer any questions that they have.  Then pass out the participant worksheets from the end of this lesson.  When you are ready, give them the signal to “GO!”  If you need to give hints after awhile to help teams finish, feel free to do so.  When every team has finished, award a prize to the winning team if you would like, and then have them answer the following questions to debrief the activity.)

 

Debriefing Questions

  • o How did your team work together?
  • o What were your strengths as a team?
  • o In what ways could you have improved?
  • o Do the pictures help you understand the Scriptures from Isaiah 61 in a different way?  How so?
  • o Why do you think Isaiah (or God) used so many different metaphors in his writing?
  • o What is your favorite part of the passage from Isaiah 61?
  • o What will you take away from this activity?

 

 

 

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Scripture

Item

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me  
2 Because the LORD has anointed me  
3 To proclaim good news to the poor  
4 He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted  
5 To proclaim freedom for the captives  
6 And release from darkness for the prisoners  
7 To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor  
8 And the day of vengeance of our God  
9 To comfort all who mourn  
10 And provide for those who grieve in Zion  
11 To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes  
12 The oil of joy instead of mourning  
13 And a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair  
14 They will be called oaks of righteousness  
15 A planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor  
16 They will rebuild the ancient ruins  
17 And restore the places long devastated  
18 They will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations  
19 Strangers will shepherd your flocks  
20 Foreigners will work your fields and vineyards  
21 And you will be called priests of the LORD  
22 You will be named ministers of our God  
23 You will feed on the wealth of nations  
24 And in their riches you will boast  
25 Instead of your shame  
26 You will receive a double portion  
27 And instead of disgrace  
28 You will rejoice in your inheritance  
29 And so you will inherit a double portion in your land  
30 And everlasting joy will be yours  
31 For I, the LORD, love justice  
32 I hate robbery and wrongdoing  
33 In my faithfulness I will reward my people  
34 And make an everlasting covenant with them  
35 Their descendants will be known among the nations  
36 And their offspring among the peoples  
37 All who see them will acknowledge  
38 That they are a people the LORD has blessed  
39 I delight greatly in the LORD  
40 My soul rejoices in my God  
41 For he has clothed me with garments of salvation  
42 And arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness  
43 As a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest  
44 And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels  
45 For as the soil makes the sprout come up  
46 And a garden causes seeds to grow  
47 So the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness  
48 And praise spring up before all nations  

 

 

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Scripture

Item

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me Dove
2 Because the LORD has anointed me Anointing Oil
3 To proclaim good news to the poor Mother Teresa
4 He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted Bound Heart
5 To proclaim freedom for the captives Broken Shackles
6 And release from darkness for the prisoners Prisoner
7 To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor Megaphone
8 And the day of vengeance of our God Fire From Heaven
9 To comfort all who mourn Weeping Man
10 And provide for those who grieve in Zion Weeping Angel
11 To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes Crown
12 The oil of joy instead of mourning Happy-Sad Faces
13 And a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair Garment of Praise
14 They will be called oaks of righteousness Oak Tree
15 A planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor Planting
16 They will rebuild the ancient ruins Bricklayer
17 And restore the places long devastated Trowel
18 They will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations Ruins
19 Strangers will shepherd your flocks Flock of Sheep
20 Foreigners will work your fields and vineyards Vineyard
21 And you will be called priests of the LORD Jewish Priest
22 You will be named ministers of our God Minister with Bible
23 You will feed on the wealth of nations Map of Kingdoms
24 And in their riches you will boast Fake Money
25 Instead of your shame Shame on You – Pointing Finger
26 You will receive a double portion Double Portion of Bread
27 And instead of disgrace Man With Head in Hands
28 You will rejoice in your inheritance Man Rejoicing
29 And so you will inherit a double portion in your land Person Receiving Double Portion
30 And everlasting joy will be yours Arrows Pointing in Opposite Directions
31 For I, the LORD, love justice Scales of justice
32 I hate robbery and wrongdoing Robber
33 In my faithfulness I will reward my people Reward poster
34 And make an everlasting covenant with them Rainbow
35 Their descendants will be known among the nations Family Tree
36 And their offspring among the peoples Big family
37 All who see them will acknowledge Yes Man poster
38 That they are a people the LORD has blessed Sunshine
39 I delight greatly in the LORD Four People Jumping for Joy
40 My soul rejoices in my God Child Rejoicing
41 For he has clothed me with garments of salvation Jesus On The Cross
42 And arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness Robe of Righteousness
43 As a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest Groom
44 And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels Bride
45 For as the soil makes the sprout come up Sprout
46 And a garden causes seeds to grow Seeds
47 So the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness Jehovah Tsidkenu
48 And praise spring up before all nations Desert Spring

 

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Walks of Life (ICEBREAKER)


Time

10-15 minutes
Description

This icebreaker uses flip-flops, slippers or shoes to pair people up and have them describe a place they have been, want to go or where something significant happened.

 

Materials

o  Pairs of flip-flops, slippers or shoes (enough for each person in the group to get one shoe)  NOTE: You want shoes on which you can write or stick tape on the soles.  I’ve used the free slippers they give you in hotels and on airplanes, and they work well.

o  Permanent marker

o  Masking tape (optional – you only need it if you don’t want to or can’t write on the soles)

 

Preparation

o  Write a different location on the bottom of each pair of shoes.  (You will write each location twice, once on the left shoe sole and once on the right shoe sole.  This allows participants to find their match after selecting a shoe.)  Here are some examples:

o   Where your family lives

o   Where you spend most of your time

o   Your favorite place to eat

o   A place you miss

o   A place where you were truly blessed

o   Where you had your first kiss

o   Countries you’ve visited

o   Where you go to get away from it all

o   Where you have the most joy

o   Where you might retire

o   Where you were born

o   Cities in which you have lived

o   Where you were last Saturday

o   Where you fell in love

o   A place you prefer not to return to

o   A special spiritual place

o   Where you went to college

o   Where you hope to go

o   Where you grew up

o   Best vacation spot

o   Where you go to have fun

o   Where you’ve worked

o   Where you got your first job

Either mix the shoes up in a big pile somewhere in the room, or scatter them around making sure to keep the pairs separated.

 

Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “Let’s do an icebreaker to get to know each other better.”
  • “It’s called ‘Walks of Life,’ and it’s about the many places you’ve been or want to go.”
  • “I’ve created a pile of shoes (or scattered them around the room).”
  • “On the bottom of each shoe is the description of a particular place.”
  • “When I say, ‘Go!’ I want each person to pick up one shoe and read what it says on the sole.”
  • “Then, find your mate – the person who has the matching shoe for yours.  They will both say the same thing on the sole.”
  • “When you pair up, tell a little about yourself and then describe the place from your life that matches what is written on the bottom of the shoe.”
  • “After you have both finished sharing, you can return the shoes to this place and return to your seats.” (You should designate a place.  You may also want to let them do more than one round of this so that they can meet different people.  If you do, have them pick up a different shoe from the one they originally chose.)

 

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Annimuzzles (ICEBREAKER)


Time

45-55 minutes
Description

This icebreaker takes longer than most to facilitate, but it can be a fun way to start an event where it is important for the group to think creatively.  Participants will work together in teams to create puzzles from their own illustration of different types of animals.  Another team will solve the puzzle.

 

Materials

·      Sheets of blank paper (1 per team)

·      Notecards (3×5 inch – 31 per team)

·      Markers (several colors per team)

·      Masking tape (1 roll per team)

·      Prize for the winning team (optional)

 

Preparation

·      Use one notecard from each team’s supply to write down the type of animal they have to draw.  Here are some suggestions for what you can write on the cards (but feel free to make up your own):

o   Tasty Animal

o   Smart Animal

o   Arctic Animal

o   Australian Animal

o   African Animal

o   Ugly Animal

o   Unfriendly Animal

o   Mythical Animal

o   Dangerous Animal

o   Farm Animal

Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “Let’s do an icebreaker!”
  • “I need everyone to line up in order from least to greatest by your answer to this question: ‘How many pets have you owned over your lifetime?’”
  • “Those with the most should be on this side of the room.”  (Pick a side and point to it.)
  • “Those with the least should be on this side of the room.” (Point to the other side.  Allow them to sort themselves out.  Then debrief by finding out how many pets various people had.  Finally, divide the participants into groups by having them number off and having like numbers get together.  Make sure that there are no more than six people per team.  When they are in their teams, hand each team some markers, a sheet of paper and their 31 notecards, including the one with the assignment written on it.)
  • “I’ve handed each group 31 notecards, some markers and a sheet of paper.”
  • “On the top notecard is your assignment.”
  • “You are to work together to draw that type of animal on the blank sheet of paper.”
  • “Once you are happy with it, you are going to make a larger version of the same drawing on your 30 remaining notecards.”
  • “It’s easiest if you lay the notecards out side-by-side like a big canvas and then draw the picture on them.”
  • “You will be making a puzzle that another team will have to solve.”
  • “There are some rules you have to follow as a team:
    • Each person on your team must draw on at least four cards.
    • There must be some drawing on every card.  (It’s okay if it is background or landscape – it doesn’t have to be the animal itself.)
    • You will have only 20 minutes to make your drawing.”
  • “When your drawing is complete, shuffle your notecards.”
  • “When I give the signal, you will give them to another team, and we will see who is able to solve the puzzle first.”
  • “The first team to solve their puzzle will be the winner!”
  • “What questions do you have?”  (Answer questions, then let them begin drawing.  When it comes time to pass the cards, you can have them pass them in any order you want as long as every group gets a set.  Make sure everyone starts solving at the same time.  When you have a winner, award the prize, if you chose to have one.  Then, have groups debrief using the following three questions.  After they are done, you can use the tape to tape the puzzles on the back so that they can be hung for everyone to see.)

Debrief Questions

  1. What was challenging about that activity?
  2. What would have made it easier?
  3. How is this like the work and challenges you experience in your teams?

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Breaking Out of the Silos (EXERCISE)


Purpose

This activity helps participants to challenge silo mentalities by forcing them to work collaboratively to complete a task.  The task is a painting task, in which each team (or individual) will only receive some of the colors they need to finish.  In order to meet all the requirements of the task, they will have to negotiate for resources from other teams or individuals.

 

Setup

  • Give each team (or individual, depending upon the size of your group) several colors of paint (poster paints work well).
  • Teams or individuals should get different color combinations so that no one group or individual has everything that he or she needs.  Recommended color combinations are:
    • Team #1 – Black, white, red and yellow
    • Team #2 – Black, white, blue and yellow
    • Team #3 – Black, white, green and yellow
    • Team #4 – Black, white, red and blue
  • Give each team or individual enough paintbrushes for each team member to participate in the painting, a large sheet of paper (a flipchart works well for groups), something to mix their paint on (a piece of cardboard or a paper plate) and several small cups with water in them for rinsing the paint brush.

Timing

Explaining the Exercise: 5 minutes.

Activity: 20 minutes

Debrief: 15 minutes.

 

Procedure

  • Tell participants that they are going to work in their teams to produce a work of art with the supplies that you have given them.
  • To be judged successful, each team or individual must paint a picture of Noah’s Ark complete with the rainbow that was God’s promise never to flood the earth again. (You can choose another theme if you like; the only essential element is the rainbow, because it uses all the color combinations that will force the teams to break out of their silos.)
  • The rainbow must be at least one-third of the picture, and it must contain all the colors of a rainbow (which can be remembered with the acronym ROYGBIV – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet).
  • The picture must fill the paper.
  • They will have 20 minutes to complete their paintings.
  • (After they begin, observe how they solve the problem of not having all the right color combinations for the rainbow.  You may want to bring out your observations during the debrief.  When the 20 minutes are up, have the groups answer the debrief questions below.  Then, discuss their insights as a large group.  Emphasize the need to share limited resources so that everyone could succeed.  This is not a competitive activity.)

Debrief

  • How did you resolve the problem of not having enough colors to make all the colors of the rainbow?
  • How willing were the other teams to share their paint with you?
  • How willing were you to share your paint with them?
  • Why was this difficult at times?
  • How is this like sharing limited resources in the work environment?
  • What could you do to make it more likely that individuals and groups would share their resources for the greater good of the organization?

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