Most youth have played the game “Rock, Scissors, Paper”. This well known game serves as an introduction to 2 Timothy 2:22 and what the Bible teaches about fleeing from sin and pursuing godliness.
What You Need
This activity requires a large empty room or two well defined boundary lines. It is idea for a gym, an outdoor basketball court, or even a large field.
What to Do
In the standard version of “rock, paper, scissors”, two youth face each other, count to three and then put their hand into one of three positions:
- A clenched fist represents a rock.
- A flat hand represents paper.
- The index and middle finger outstretched and separated like a pair of scissors represents scissors.
The winner is determined by the following system:
- Rock smashes scissors.
- Scissors cover paper.
- Paper covers rock.
How to play
- For this activity the same rules apply but instead of two youth facing each other, it is two teams.
- Each team chooses a leader who will choose rock, paper, or scissors for the entire team.
- Once chosen, the teams face off across the center of the room, field or court.
- Count one, two three and everyone shows their hands according to the leader’s choice.
- The winning team chases the other team back to the wall, or boundary line, attempting to tag as many members as possible.
- Any youth tagged before reach the safety zone or before touching the wall, becomes a member of the winning team.
- If the two teams make the same choice, both teams retreat to the wall and no one is tagged.
- The process is then repeated, with leaders making a choice, lining up along the center, then everyone revealing the choice made by their leader.
- Usually, you can play several round or for a certain amount of time.
Take it to the Next Level
In this game, there are times you need to flee and time you need to pursue.
- What are some things in life that people flee from? Why?
- What are some things in life that people pursue? Why?
MAKE IT SPIRITUAL
- Read 2 Timothy 2:22; 1 Timothy 6:6-11; Matthew 6:1; 2 Peter 1:3; Eph. 5:15-17
MAKE IT PRACTICAL
- What was Timothy encouraged to flee from?
- What was Timothy encouraged to pursue?
- What are some of the evil desires of youth?
- How do our pursuits affect us for good or bad?
MAKE IT PERSONAL
- What are some things you need be more determined to flee this week?
- What are some godly characteristics you need to pursue this week?
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” – 2 Timothy 2:22
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” – Ephesians 5:15-17
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