The Scripture Lady loves creating Bible verse games for kids! Here is one called “3, 4 or 5” to help learn John 3:36.
John 3:36 says: “Whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life.” I love this Bible verse because of the very first word – whoever. God’s salvation is for everyone and anyone who believes in Him. Here is a fun Bible verse game that you can play to help your kids memorize this great Scripture. I call it “3, 4 or 5.”
Bible verse games will help your kids hide God’s Word in their hearts and for this one you will need to do the following:
For this activity you will need to make a card for each word in the verse. Don’t forget to include the reference of John 3:36. It would be best if you can display the cards in order on a pocket chart. (Google: pocket chart if you’re not sure what they are. They are a perfect tool for any Sunday School classroom.) You will also need to make 3 cards with a 3, 4 or 5 on them. Place these cards in a bucket from which the kids will pick. Finally, make about 20 point cards. Four of them should have a 50 on them, four should have a 40 on them, four should have a 30 on them, four should have a 20 on them and four should have a 10 on them. I make my point cards big enough to lie out on the floor. So, printing the numbers onto 8.5×11 papers will work well. But make sure the kids can’t see the scores from the backsides. Place these face down on the ground. You are now ready to play the game.
Divide your class into 2 teams. Introduce John 3:36 to your class. Say the following: This Bible verse starts with the word “whoever.” “Whoever” can mean your aunts, your uncles, your moms and dads, sisters, brothers…It means anyone. The next part says, “whoever believes in the Son.” Now does this mean the sun up in the sky? (Wait for response.) No! It means the Son of God. The next part of the verse says that “whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life.” Where will Christians spend eternal life? (Wait for response.) That’s right. In Heaven with God and all other believers. The next part of the verse is very sad because it says “but whoever rejects the Son will not see life.” Wow! That’s serious! What does the word reject mean? The word reject means that you don’t want to have anything to do with something or somebody. For example, raise your hands if you are a spinach rejecter. (Wait for kids to raise their hands.) Rejecting spinach is no big deal, but rejecting Jesus is the most serious rejection of all. This verse says they will not get to experience eternal life with God. How tragic! Let’s learn this verse well so that we can share it with people who need Jesus.
At this point, you should have the class recite the verse several times in preparation for the game. Once the class feels comfortable with the verse. Explain that you are going to play “3, 4 or 5.” Have a child from team one come up and pick up a large point card laying on the floor. This is the number of points he could earn for his team. Now let him reach into the bucket that contains a 3, 4 or 5. The number he picks is the number of cards to the verse that he will turn over on the pocket chart. He now must say the verse including the words that were turned over. If he is successful, he earns the points he previously picked off the floor for his team. If he was not successful, his team does not earn the points. Turn the verse cards back over for the next player. The next team is up and plays the same way. Play as many times as you would like or until all the point cards have been used up.
Tips for success:
Always place the 3, 4 or 5 card back in the bucket after being used. The point cards are not used again. Be playful and have fun.
Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more Bible lessons for your children: The VeggieTales Bible (Big Idea Books)
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