You may not think Bible study has any room for fun and games, but you’d be wrong!
While the Bible is serious business and lays a map for your life (and eternity) if you open your eyes and heart to it, that doesn’t mean you have to be serous while learning The Good Book.
When you’re ready to make your scripture fun again, you’re going to want to check out the “Pass the Bible” game.
What’s “Pass the Bible”?
Glad you asked …
Pick a Verse
Each round of “Pass the Bible” is built around a particular Bible verse, so you’ll need to have one handy. Several, if you want to play multiple rounds.
A few points to consider when choosing a verse:
- You’re going to be writing out each word on a separate card (see below), so you might want to stick with shorter verses. This partially depends on how big your group is.
- Consider your audience … if you’re working with young kids and trying to teach them the basic tenets of scripture, you might want to pick verses that get to the heart of the matter, like Titus 3:5 (“…he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy…”).
- Feel free to pick verses that fit your group’s situation: current holiday, ongoing sermon series, life situations, etc.
Now that you have chosen your verse, it’s time to set up for the game. Here’s how to do it:
- Write each word of the verse on a separate index card.
- Lay out the words in order and attach them to a whiteboard or pin board, or spread them out on a table that everyone can see.
- Turn one word face down so no one can see it, and leave the others face up.
- Have your group sit in a circle or around a table. If you’re working with children or adventurous adults, they can sit on the floor.
- Have one member of your group sit in the middle of the circle.
- Have one member of your group, who is part of the circle, hold the Bible.
Playing the Game
To begin the game, the person in the center says, “Go!”.
The first group member passes the Bible counterclockwise (right) to the next person in the group, who does the same, and so on and so on.
Once the book has made it all the way around the circle, your center “caller” can call “Stop!” at any time. Whoever is holding the Bible when the call is made becomes the “guesser.”
The guesser passes the Bible to his right, and then has until the book comes back to him to guess the missing word in the verse.
If they get it right, they win.
If they don’t get the right answer in time, the person to their right becomes the guesser and play continues.
Here are a few ideas for expanding and polishing up “Pass the Bible”:
- Let the winner choose which word to turn over next (younger children who don’t memorize well), or which verse to use next.
- Give the winner the cards as a prize.
- Play again, turning over a different card.
- Play again, with an entirely new Bible verse.
- Use the verse as a point of discussion, either before or after the game. Or both.
If you’re looking for a light and fun way to learn some Bible verses and bond with your fellow Christians, the “Pass the Bible” game is hard to beat.
Why not grab a few friends and give it a try right now?