Way, Truth, Life Dice: A Super Bible School Activity for Memorizing John 14:6
by Kathy Vincent
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John 14:6 is probably one of the most beloved and memorized Bible verses of all time. It says, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father accept through me.” Simple, but most profound. Help your kids memorize this amazing Scripture by playing this very fun Bible school activity, which I call “Way, Truth, Life Dice.”
Here’s what you do:
This game takes some preparation, but your kids will appreciate the time you spent. First, you want to make 5 large dice. I went to my local box store and bought 5 - 7” cubes. I then went on my computer and created some nice words: way, truth and life. Place 2 of each word on each die. Therefore, each die will show 2 of each word. Next, make 12 cards. Four will say “Way”, four will say “Truth” and the last 4 will say “Life”. Place these in a bucket or hat. Now, have ready your list of multiple choice questions found below. Finally, before playing the Bible review game, have the children memorize John 14:6. The faster they memorize it, the better their team will do.
Here’s how to play:
Divide your class into 2 teams. Show the class the dice and show how each die has the words: way, truth and life on them. Have one child come up from the first team. Let him pick out a card from the bucket. This card will tell you what type of question to ask. If the child answers correctly, let him roll each of the 5 dice. He wants to roll as many of the word that he picked out of the bucket. For example, if he picked a “Way” question, he wants to roll as many “Ways” as he can. For each “Way” he rolls, he gets 100 points for his team. Finally, he can earn an extra 100 points if he can correctly recite John 14:6. Play until both teams have answered the questions. The team with the most points wins.
Proverbs 4:11 says this: “I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.” Life can be difficult sometimes. It can be easy to lose your way and get lost and forget what’s really important. This verse says that God will guide you with His wisdom so you’ll always know what to do and where to go.
God will guide you with His:
• seeing eye dog
Isaiah 30:21 says this: “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” This verse shows that God will never steer you wrong. If you will only listen to Him, He will show you the right and true ways to take in your life.
• show you the right and true way
• get you lost every time
• forget to ask for directions
I Corinthians 13 is the famous chapter on love written by the apostle Paul. The Bible says in I Corinthians 12:31 that love is the most excellent way to follow. The Bible also says that God is love. So, it makes sense to always follow God who is the most excellent way.
• not worthy of following
Proverbs 14:12 says this: “There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death.” It’s important to understand that you will not always know which way to go in life. In fact, life can sometimes get very confusing. You might think you know the right way to go, but until you get God’s direction, you better stay put. Not following God can lead to danger.
Not following God:
• can get you all the ice cream you want
• can lead to danger
• is the best thing to do
Psalm 43:3 says this: “Oh, send out your light and your truth – let them lead me.” Is there any leader in your life that you follow? Maybe it’s your mom or dad or teacher. You probably follow them because you trust them to be truthful and honest. God wants you to follow His truth. You can always trust Him to lead you in the right direction.
God wants us to follow:
• His angels
• Dishonest people
• His truth
Proverbs 12:19 says this: “ Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed.” Have you ever told a lie and were then found out? Unfortunately, most of us can say,”Yes”, to this question. Here’s another question. Have you ever noticed how things that are true are told over and over again through every generation whereas most lies fizzle out over time? For example, it is true that God made you, God loves you and God will always take care of all your needs. These are truths that will never go away, but will always stand the test of time.
God’s truth will:
• eventually become lies
• always stand the test of time
• make me grow wings
In Isaiah 30:11, there were some stubborn people who didn’t want to hear the truth of God. Instead, they were willing to hear lies! God‘s truth made them uncomfortable. God’s truth might make you feel uncomfortable too sometimes, but I hope you’ll always remember that when God speaks truth to you it’s because He loves you and wants what is best for you. Never ignore God’s wonderful truth.
Sometimes God’s truth might make me:
• feel uncomfortable
• fall asleep
• have the hiccups
John 8:32 says this: “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Have you ever noticed how lies can get people’s lives tangled up in a mess? God’s truth does just the opposite. It frees us and allows us to live lives that are not only pleasing to God, but also pleasing to those around us.
• is not important to know
• locks us up in chains
• frees us to live lives pleasing to God and others.
Proverbs 8:35 says this: “For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But whoever fails to find me harms himself, all who hate me love death.” This Bible verse is very clear in describing where true life comes from. It can only come from God. And when we find God our life will be blessed.
True life only comes from:
• believing in yourself
• taking your vitamins every day
In the book of Jeremiah 10:23, Jeremiah wrote this prayer: “I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.” Jeremiah understood that even though he could walk and talk and breathe and eat on his own, every part of his life belonged to God. And since his life belonged to God, he should let God lead his life. Without God, you wouldn’t have a life.
According to Jeremiah 10:23, a man’s life:
• isn’t worth very much
• is not his own
• belongs to the President of the United States
John 1:4 says this: “In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.” This Bible verse is talking about Jesus. Jesus is both life and light for those who believe in Him. For the Christian, our life does not end here on earth, but continues in Heaven forever and ever.
Jesus is both:
• hot and cold
• short and skinny
• life and light
John 6:35 says this: “Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” Have you ever been hungry and thirsty? Of course, we’ve all experienced growling stomachs and parched throats now and then. But did you know that this Bible verse says that if we believe in Jesus we don’t ever have to be hungry or thirsty? It’s not talking about real food or water. It’s talking about all the things in life that really matter like love and friendship. When we believe in Jesus, our lives will never go hungry for anything we need.
This verse is talking about:
• believing in Jesus
• spaghetti and meatballs
• believing in ourselves to get what we need.
Game Tip: You will notice that some of my answers are silly. I have found this to be very effective with my kids. They are listening to the truth being told them as well as waiting for the “funny bone” line.
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