Jesus promises to be our friend while we live on earth, but He also promises to gather us to Him forever. Therefore, death is no longer scary when we have scripture verses to remind us of all his promises. These promises are a great treasure, therefore, let’s have a Bible study lesson that uses a treasure hunt!
- Index cards (Neon index cards stand out best during a treasure hunt, if you have them.)
- Sharpie pen
- Scripture answer key
Using the Answer Key (found below), put each word of the scripture you are using from the Answer Key onto index cards. Know how many index cards you have written on so you can be sure all are found!
Hide the index cards around the room, but don’t make them too difficult to find. The difficulty here will be putting the words in order.
If you have more children than there are words in the scripture, you can divide the children in half. Half should find the words and half should put them in order on the table once found.
Find all pieces of the treasure (words) and put them in order.
Say your scripture verse four or five times with the children and then have one or two repeat it back. Make sure to include the verse.
When you say, “Go!” children should begin looking for the words. Keep reminding them of how many index cards or words there are so they know to have all of them found. Then, based on their memory, they should put all words in order.
Six “rounds” of answers are supplied so the game can be used more than once. You can do two on a Sunday or use it several times during the season.
The words underlined are the ones you should list on the wall. While reciting for children, STOP at one of the underlined words. Allow children to go grab it from the wall. As each scripture contains either three or four underlined words, you can use the scripture three or four times, eliminating a different word each time.
Have children recite the entire verse again after the correct word has been taken by a team.
20 words: But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, Philippians 3:20
23 words: Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, Revelation 21:1
31 words: He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4
28 words: And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens. Mark 13:27
35 words Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. Acts 1:10-11
33 words Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. John 14:1-2
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