Saturday, September 17, 2011

I Have Finished the Race - Easy Sunday School # 6

Goal: Teach the meaning and Purpose of 2 Timothy 4:7 - (AMP):  "I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith."
(Before reading this lesson plan, if you have not read the first Easy Sunday School lesson plan, you might want to now, or these ideas might easily sound crazy to you.)

Start Class with Faith Drill #1 - Faithball

Materials: A Soft Rubber Ball (we bought ours at Wal-Mart) and a Trash Basket Smaller that the ball. Notice it sits on the top of the basket, but DOES NOT GO IN!!

Purpose of the Drill: Teach the students what well founded faith in an outside power feels like.

How to Play the Game: set the basket on one side of the room, and have a tape line attached to the floor on the other side of the room.  Tell the student's that if they get the ball in the basket, they win a prize.  In our case, we are giving Blueberry/Chocolate Muffins small size (which we purchased at B.J.'s).  Tell them they get three attempts, they can not step off the line, and they can not help each other.  Then take the ball and throw it at the basket, to have them understand, without you saying it, that you want them to THROW the ball.  (It is important you don't say Throw the Ball.)  Then have them do it.  Most times, they will all throw the ball, and fail. 

Fail: (Which happens most times.) Sit them down and ask them how they can win?  Let them give you ideas.  You are hoping they tell you they need to ask for help.  If they do not bring that up, suggest that asking for help, might be a good idea, but be subtle about it.  Then replay the game.

Someone asks You for Help:  Take the ball from them, walk over to the basket, place the ball on the basket, and make a big deal about whomever figured it out.

Faithball

How to Teach the Lesson: Sit them down, and explain faith in God is much like this game.  Show them that the ball CAN NOT FIT in the basket, and they had NO chance without asking for help.  Much of our lives we are asked to do things that scare us, because we realize we are not big enough, smart enough or fast enough to make the impossible happen.  We ask God for help, and he can make the impossible happen.

You will also want to explain, that this only works if we are working toward God's goals, rather than our own, our you might give them the right feeling about the power of faith, while at the same time making them think God is a genie.


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Read the Verse of the day that was at the start of the lesson plan. DO NOT EXPLAIN IT, just read it.

Ask them to explain it to you.  Try not to explain it even now, just listen to what they say, and encourage them give as many ideas as they can.  Then go to Faith Drill #2.

Faith Drill #2 - 3 Legged Race

Materials: Something to tie their legs together.  We use strips of cloth that can also be used as blindfolds in other drills.

Purpose of the Drill: Teach the students that if they do their best to Run the Race, as they understand it, with faith, then the reward is theirs.

How to Play the Game: Have 2 or more teams, depending on how much time you have left for the game, race each other around the room.  Tell them that their purpose is to Run the Race as fast as they can, and if they do what YOU want, they will receive a reward.  (Whatever reward you want ... again, I am using the muffins that we used in Drill #1)  

Then have them take off.  If they give you maximum effort, even if they lose, even if they fall down, reward them, because YOUR PURPOSE FOR THEM WAS TO RUN THE RACE THE BEST THEY COULD, not win.

How to Teach the Lesson: Sit them down, and ask them if they know what the winners did in order to win the rewards.  Let them talk it out, but lead them to saying they did their best and trusted you (faith) to reward them if they did their best.)

Tell them God is Like that. Read to them: Romans 8:28 (NKJV): "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Teach them  that just like in the game, Faith is based on them doing what God wants them to do.  There are several ways to know what God wants them to do.  Ask them how, but you want to lead them to a few specific answers:  1) Prayer   2) Holy Spirit that is in them  3) Bible  4) Parent's  5) Pastor  ... and whatever they do, if they are doing it because of God, Roman's 8:28 says it will work out for God, because of their faith.  Also, because of their faith, they will receive a reward too.  The will get to hear Jesus say:  "Well done, good and faithful servant;" - Matthew 25:21 (NKJV)

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Peace - Anne and Paul

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

A FOUNDATION YOU CAN TRUST - Easy Sunday School #5 - Luke 6:47-49

Goal: To teach them that their foundation is their absolute knowledge that God’s word can be trusted. Luke 6:47-49 (NKJV)

Beginning Drill - House of Cups:

Materials: You need stacks of paper cups for each team, a table or 1 table for each team, and 2 teams of students.

Building the House: Give the students 2 minutes to build a house out of the cups – they can NOT stack them as in one inside of another. They have to stack them as in the picture here. Do not tell them how many in the foundation layer, or you will not be teaching, but rather lecturing.  Let them discover what works best.  Give them 3 or so minutes, and say go!

The Message:

1) Ask which house is the tallest?

2) Ask Why? The House that is the tallest will have the best foundation

3) Ask how they felt when cups kept falling down? And what they could have done to make it less frustrating (bigger and more stable Foundation)

The Prayer: Lead them in prayer, including that they will, today, start building their lives upon the foundation of Jesus.

Read to them 

Luke 6:47-49 (NKJV) - "Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”


Ask them if they know what Jesus was talking about?


Ask them what "how" you build on Jesus as your foundation? "hears My sayings and does them."


Part 2  Goal: Teach them that Small actions make a BIG difference. There every behavior can help someone understand God’s love, or keep them from God’s love forever.


Drill 2: House of Cards

Material Needed:
4 Decks or more of cards
2 teams, 3 or 4 members minimum, the more members the better


Goal: To See how many floors they can build in a house of cards and thereby teaching them that little changes in the foundation can help or destroy the whole thing – particularly bad actions destroying the whole thing.





Have the teams build their house of cards on their dish towel – give them 5 minutes or less. Encourage other members to give advice and/or help.


Exploring the meaning

Reviewing what happened in the game:

Ask (or lead / tell) if anyone noticed that small bad actions made a difference to how well the house was built?

Ask what those actions were. (bumped the table, moved the dish towel, worked to fast, argued with each other.)

Ask if good actions were also noticed – like team work, steady hand, helping each other

Ask what those good behaviors did to the building

Ask if they had to keep going, even if they failed


Tell them that today’s verse is a clear reminder that our every action can change someone else’s ability to know and love God. Their behavior at home, school and everywhere DOES make a difference.
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If you have the time, explore with them what behaviors they should have at home, school and everywhere else that make a difference for God's People.  


There may be a feeling of smallness, not understanding that they house they are part of is God's house, and that he is there. God's Power enables our actions if they are because we have been called according to his purpose.


They may be thinking they need to do the work "for" God, because he needs them.  We do the work for God because he has asked us to, and we love him.  He does NOT need us, we need him.
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If you have not read our testimony, you will not understand our foundation, so you might want to.
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Friday, September 9, 2011

I'm Blind yet I See - Hebrews 11:1-2, Easy Sunday School #4

Hebrews 11:1-2: (NKJV) "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony."

Background:  These two verses teach a ton of important things you will need to fill in the background, when trying to teach that Faith=Belief in things Not Seen.  Do not make the mistake that since you believe in bacteria, they do.  They, and most people who have never seen bacteria, believe in the school or teacher that taught them about it, not in it directly.  Especially in children, if they can not touch it, it does not really exist.  Children are primarily tactile learners, and Logic (words) and see (visual) will probably not float their boat.

This verse also teaches us that the forefathers of Christianity and Judaism gave a good account of their faith by ACTION,.  They acted on their faith, in other words, and that was their testimony.  Abraham and Joseph come to mind immediately.

Things hoped for is a critical statement as well.  Obviously the main point is life after death, as without that, there is nothing.  So this verse is teaching us that we can NOT see life after death, yet we hope for it anyway.,  Yet, it is deeper than that.  We HOPE, and that will change our testimony, as it did our forefathers.  Hope is powerful, and HOPE is backed by faith.  This is a universal principle that is back by the Lord Jesus Christ and the power of the word of God.  HOPE changes your behavior. The cool thing is, that this verse is NOT only talking about hope in salvation, which by itself is enough, but it is talking about your relationship with the Lord Jesus.  He is your HOPE, and if you are tight with him, your faith is that God will make it happen the right way, because you have been called, and you have answered. Everything in your life is now covered by HOPE and thus faith in God. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)- "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose"

This is NOT what you are teaching them for this verse.  What you are teaching them is the nature of Faith, and it's relation to HOPE.  The background is so you will know when they ask the difficult questions, which they will if today is the day they begin to answer the call.  That is our Hope.

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Faith Drill 1 - Teaching Faith (trust) - The Mine Field.  Scatter paper or objects around a large floor making it impossible to pass from one side of the room to the other without walking on one (the mine) if they walk in a straight line. Get partners, and blindfold one, and have the other guide their partner through how ever they like. (Lead them to holding each others arm rather than voice, but let them make mistakes before you suggest - this has the added benefit of teaching Doing something rather than just talking.).


Have them change positions, as in who is blindfolded, and repeat. You can have several teams going through at once. 

HAVE SOMEONE MAKING BLOWING UP SOUNDS EVERY TIME SOMEONE STEPS ON A MINE.

Ask Questions:  Ask them who made it through the mine field?  Ask them what it took to make it through it safely? (Looking for trust or a good leader - since that teaches us if we have a good leader (God) we can trust.)  Ask them who they would like to follow in their lives? Ask them if they want people following them. Ask them if they expected to make it through?  Ask them if Hope in doing it right made a difference in their faith?  Ask them if it was easy to do if they would have NO FAITH OR HOPE?

Teaching the Bible Verse:  Before you read the verse, tell them that the Trust and Leadership that they have just experienced in the Mine Field is the topic for today's bible verse.  Read them Hebrews 11:1-2. 

Read it again, with some emotion. Have someone read one line with emotion, and you read the other.  Have groups of people read it with emotion. (This is JUST to familiarize them with the verse, so don't get bent out of shape if they accent the wrong thing .. make it fun and funny.)

ASK THEM WHAT IT MEANS.  You already showed them what trust and faith feels like.  Get them to tell you that this verse is about trusting God, and hope that he will guide them through their life.  (If someone makes the connection to Salvation, please explore that path; if not, mention it at the end of this section.

REVIEW for the them that Faith builds Hope, and that Hope changes behavior, and their life and relationship with Jesus and each other will be better if they supply Hope and behavior that is worthy of Trust and Faith, as our forefathers like Abraham did.

FINAL DRILL - Faith Drill 2: The Gauntlet - have all but 1 or 2 kids make two lines facing each other, far enough apart that a student can walk down between the lines without touching anyone.  Have the students put one arm out across the path, so when you are at one end looking down, there is a line of arms crossing your path.  Now have a student you held out walk down the path, and the students in line raise their arms just before he gets there, and put them back down as he passes.  A spectacular trust drill.   They will fail for some time, as there will be little HOPE. You must foster hope by controlling the speed and attitude until they learn the skill.

For Added fun, blind fold some of the older kids.
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FINAL REVIEW: Tell them that they should live their lives just like the gauntlet drill. That Hebrews 11: 1-2 teaches us that our forefathers impressed God by their faith in action, and now it is their turn. Walk through their difficulties KNOWING that GOD has their back and front. Live a life of Hope based on Faith.

Peace:

Anne & Paul

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Look for the Lost Sheep - Easy Sunday School #3 - Luke 19:10

Credit: Free images from acobox.com
1) Experience the Lesson:

WHERE IS MY MONEY -  You need 1 student who is active, fast, and who has indomitable spirit.

Show the student a 50 cent coin, or a dollar bill, or something that will excite him enough to hunt for it.

Have him turned around and “blinded” so he can not see you hide it among the other students.

Turn him around, and tell him if he finds it in 60 seconds he can keep it or he can have candy or KOTK coins. (Feel free to make him dizzy or as confused as you can manage - fun is the Point right now.)

If he does not find the coin, give him another chance, and this time hide it with some noise and in an easier place. Don’t make it too obvious. Challenge is necessary for the lesson, but so is success.


2. Explanation of the Drill: Ask him what he felt like when he was looking for the coin. (Lead him to the conclusion that it was important to him, and he left no stone unturned, so to speak.) Explain to the class that this desire to find the lost coin, and the energy that was spent looking for it is similar to what today’s message is about.

3) Verse of the Day:  (Teaching familiarity with the words) Read the verse then read it by sections and have them repeat it after you. Luke 19:10 "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."  Explain that Jesus wants to find us, just like you wanted to find the money, and will never give up on them.

Then see how fast they can say it. Divide the class into 4 teams, and have them each team say it as fast as the can, rotating from Team 1, 2, 3 and four, around the teams 4 times, so each team has said it 4 times.

Then time them to see which team says it the fastest.  Reward each team, more to the fastest team.

Crab Walking
4) Crab Walk Hunt: – Pick at least 2 teams of four students for this drill. Take the 4 pieced of the verse, above, and cast them at random around the room, even in with the other students. Have the first team all in the crab or reverse crab position. When you say go, the go and find the lost pieces of paper, and bring them up to an appointed place in the front, no mater how odd it makes them look. The can not use their hands to grab the paper.



5) The Word in Action: Read the entire class the story, Luke 19:1-10. Take your time, explain anything that is difficult. Let them know you will be asking questions and reward correct answers about the story and its meaning.

After you have read the story, ask questions about the story of the day giving rewards to those who answer the questions correctly. Please make the questions simple one, building confidence.  If you have children who know more, they will gladly let you know that, without you having to single them out by asking really adult level questions.  Go with your heart tuned to Jesus and aimed at the children.  Remember, it is NOT about you.  It is about THEM and Jesus.



5) The Word in Acting: Three Headed Preacher: (if you have extra time)

Pre-select 3 students to take this role. They stand together with their arms on each others shoulders, and have to tell the story, each in turn, saying ONLY ONE WORD AT A TIME. If they are good, you can have them sing it.

Be prepared to laugh.  This is an intellectual exercise as well as a bible study drill.  I normally have myself and adult or teen leaders do one with me, so they get the idea first.

Peace

Anne & Paul

Monday, September 5, 2011

Blind Faith Lesson Plan #2 "The Empty Tomb"

John 20:29 -  Then Jesus told him, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven't seen me and believe anyway."

(Before you read this Lesson Plan, the Basics for Easy Sunday School - Lesson 1 - Should be read!)

Blind Faith Drill

Blind Mice
This drill requires 6 people: 1 leader, 5 blind followers. Set the leader in a chair from which he can not move, the 5 blind followers on the other side of the room, with an adult leader touching them so they do not feel isolated. Once they are blind folded, place 5 chairs near the leader, and have each of the 5 parts of the verse on the chairs. The leader has to lead with his voice the blind students to their chair, have them pick up the verse, hold it right side up, and so he can read it, and read it out loud, in the correct order. Make sure the verse is in the correct order on the chairs.

Have 2 teams and reward both teams if they achieve the goal of reading the verse. Make sure they succeed. Give the team that does the whole drill in the shortest time a bigger reward.
Encourage the other students to confuse the teams by reciting the verse out loud. You can assign leaders.

What Would it Take – Experiencing the Verse of the day.


For this story you need 1 student who will act as the victim of a heinous crime. You need 5 stickers to act as weapon entry marks. Any stickers will do, realism IS NOT NECESSARY. Place 4 on the chest, and one on the side of the “victim.”  Have the victim lay down behind you as if he was dead as you tell the story.

You need 1 or 2 students to play the roll of the witnesses of his getting up in the hospital. You need someone to act as the doctor, the police officer and the ambulance driver. You need a few students to act as the 200 who saw him die, and you need a robber, played by the teacher.
As you read the story, have the students act it out.


 What Would it Take for you to Believe this Story.
Once upon a time a man was robbed and stabbed 5 times, and he died in the middle of the street. This person here is representing this man. 200 people saw him die, and the police and ambulance driver all confirmed he had died.

They took him away, and while he was in the hospital, a doctor examined him. The doctor confirmed he was indeed dead. The doctor left the room and the man suddenly sat up. Looked around, took off the sheet, and walked out of the hallway they had left him in on the stretcher.
50 People saw him, talked to him, before he left the hospital, and he has never been seen since.

If this were a true story, and this, point to the student playing the role of the man in this story, is the man in the story, what would it take you to believe this happened.

(Ask the students: Lead them in the direction of the obvious questions, like: 1) I would like to hear what the doctors said, if he was really dead. 2) I would like to talk to the police to see if it really happened, 3) I would talk to the crowd to see what they saw, 4) I would like to see the wound on the man,  5) I would like to talk to those who saw him walk away. ETC.  Have them ask the witnesses.

Purpose: You are leading to the passion of Christ and his resurrection. You are having them experience the type of questions that were asked and answered in the Bible about the death and resurrection of Jesus.

The Tomb is Empty and he has Risen

Divide the Class into 2 to 5 teams, and let them know that Candy or other rewards are on the line for listening skills. There will be a test, contest in fact, at the end of the story. 

They need to be able to answer questions like, Who saw Jesus die? Who testified to his resurrection at the empty tomb?, Angles, Women, disciples and Peter, Who talked to the living Jesus after he rose from the dead? Jesus’s followers, on the road and back in Jerusalem; What do the other Gospels tell us about who saw and touched Jesus after he rose from the dead?  Ask them the questions above plus whatever you think they should know.  REMEMBER, YOU ARE NOT TEACHING THEM HOW MUCH YOU KNOW.  YOU ARE TRYING TO GET THEM TO KNOW.  SO WHEN YOU READ, EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANT PARTS.  EVEN ASK THEM RIGHT AFTER YOU READ A PART THEY SHOULD REMEMBER, TO TELL YOU WHAT YOU JUST SAID.  REWARD DIFFERENT CHILDREN FOR ANSWERING.


Read them Luke 23 - The Death of Jesus


Read them Luke 24 - The Resurrection of Jesus

Now ask the questions above.  make a big deal about getting them right.  Reward the effort.

Now is the time to explain the significance of the risen Lord, how only someone who hated the Lord could deny what has happened, and then ask if they would like to be certain they could go to heaven?

Follow you heart.

Song –QUITE – ask them to come to the alter and beg them to ask for a team member to pray with them if they want to accept Jesus NOW or if they want to come closer to him NOW.


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This is the verse you should print up and cut up for the chairs.  The different colors are the different parts.

John 20:29
Then Jesus told him, "You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven't seen me and believe anyway."

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Making Sunday School Easy for You - E (3)


E Cubed - The most basic of teaching rules for any age. The curriculum is not the most important, as you must learn to trust the Spirit to guide you anyway.  

First E = Empower.  You must, by the end of their class, give them something that will empower them in their lives.  By that I mean a basic understanding of the biblical principle behind whatever verse, story or collection of biblical selections you are supposed to teach through a REAL LIFE EXERCISE.  TELLING THEM IS NOT ENOUGH.  This must be from their Point of View before it is from your point of view. (see Example at the end)

Second E = Educate. You must also get them to see what they did to be empowered is squarely within the scriptures.  You must relate what they learned physically to the Bible or to the Spirit of God.  Without this, you are just teaching morals.  The Bible must be tied into and used to support, justify and explain what they did physically.

Third E = Entertain.  Really.  If it is not fun, then the only reason they will come back is because they are forced to.  You might be ok with that, but think about this for a moment.  If they WANT to come back, then at 7 am they are jumping on their parents bed making sure their parents are coming to church.  Early no less.  They will bring their friends.  You support not only the church's health in general, but you get to teach the Good News directly to an always growing number of children.  Entertain them!!

Example: Ephesians 6:1-3(NKJV) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”

Think about this for a moment.  When I first started teaching Sunday school as an assistant, the message for this was really simple.  Do what you are told by your parents.  Why?  Because GOD said so, and you do not want him upset at you, but you also get a reward. You get to live a long time.  (The implied result of NOT obeying is NOT living a long time on the earth.  In other words, do what you are told or you will DIE.)

They were forced to memorize the verse.  They were then forced to WATCH a puppet show that was amusing and instructive, but by this time they had been sitting in chairs for 45 minutes.  The sang some songs and then they went home.

Credit: Free photos from acobox.com
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.   What kid would enjoy that?  

Mom: "Johnny, what did you do today in Sunday School?"  
Johnny (Fidgeting): "Nothing."
Mom: "JOHNNY, WHY DIDN'T YOU PAY ATTENTION?"
Johnny (Frozen in place) "We watched a puppet show about doing what we are told and we sang."
Mom: "That's better."

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

This is an example of the three E's.

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Entertain them

1) At the start of class, divide the class up into 2 groups: boys/girls, old/young, tall/short, random counting.  It does not matter, though they respond well to boys/girls and it removes any touchy feely issues.  
   
Then have them each get a chair, with their groups, and sit in them facing you.  Stand is some strange place that they are not used to.  If a drill starts differently in some way, you have already attracted their attention. (Most adults have done this drill, but they are kids, and if you crank them up first with some music, and get them yelling and excited, you will get the few who have seen it forget what is going on.)  

Then you read them this list of things to do.  

"For this game you just have to remember to listen to all the instructions before you do anything."

Read the first line quickly, with NO special attention what so ever.  Then tell them them a story about what happens if you don't obey.  One of the teachers I teach with taught me the trick of using the Gross Fact of the Day here, so they have a good chance of forgetting the first line you read them.  Then tell them that who ever does all 10 things first and correctly wins (have some prize ... cookies, pop-tarts, something that is inexpensive but they want)  Crank them up on the prize ...  

Then you read the 10 items on the list.  (Feel free to change the items. Make them fun)

1. Stand on your chair.  (Give them time to do it.  Remind them that the first done wins.  Congratulate the one who is first, or tallest, or not moving ... just someone on the chair.)

2. Put you Thumbs in your ears, open up your hands, and wave your hands back and forth saying, "I'm a Moose, I'm a Moose."  Show them how, and Make it funny. 

3. Dance slowly on the chair.  (Show them how so they will laugh at you.)

4. Jump off the chair.

5. Sit on the floor.

6. Moo like a cow (do it so they understand and laugh)

7. Sit on the chair backwards and rest you head on the back of the chair.

8. Snore LOUDLY.

9. Fall out of the Chair.

10.  Don't do the first 9 things.  Just stay in the chair and wave at Me.

You might have to explain what they did wrong. (You asked them to listen to all the rules before doing anything.  If they say, "that's not fair," remind them that LIFE is NOT fair, and that they need to listen and pay attention.  If someone did it right give them the reward.  Since they had to be first, whoever waved first and did NOT DO 1 - 9, wins.  Make a big deal about the reward.
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Empower them

2) ASK them where else in their lives that there is a reward for doing what they are told, listening, and acting the right way.  Lead them to answers like School, Home, Sunday School, Sports ...  Lead them is NOT tell them.  Only tell them if you can not get the correct answers.  If you get a biblical answer, thank them, and tell them you will get back to that.  Move on.  Make this about what they already know.  Fix their attention on what they just did physically.

Ask them what type of rewards they get, like if you won this game?  Happy parents, good grades, win the game, happy you .....

Ask them where they have missed this in their lives and what happens when they do not listen and do what they are told to do?  Be prepared to lead them and also be prepared for weirdness.  DO NOT LET THIS LEAD YOU TO POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT CRIME AND PUNISHMENT.  You are trying to empower them in their own lives, not scare them.  In addition, you are preparing them for the Word of God, and as followers of Christ, we all know that is about Love.  If you are saved, Hell is not on option.
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Educate them

3) Have them find the verse in the Bible.  Be aware that they might not have a bible.  It might not be your sacred version. They may not have been taught how to find chapters and books.  They may not even know the difference between New and Old Testaments.  They may not know how to read.  We are teachers.  Make it happen.  Finding it is nearly as important as reading it.

Then READ IT. Ephesians 6:1-3(NKJV) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” 

You can have one of them read it after you, especially if they have a different translation than you, but you must read it first.  You will put the inflection and meaning into the words.

Ask them to relate the verse to the game.

Ask them to relate the verse to their lives.

Ask them to relate the verse to God.  (Please remember that God is NOT telling them that he is going to KILL them for not obeying.  He is telling them that their life will be better and longer if they obey.  He loves them, so he is telling them how the world works.)

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If you have time, play the game again.  It helps them to remember what they have learned, and changes the answers to the questions that their parents are going to ask.

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Feel free to ask questions about any lesson you might like to teach.  We will attempt to give you our suggestions on how to use the three E's as quickly as we can.

Peace   Anne & Paul