Leading 3 Life Connections
Look at a sample lesson as you read these steps and principles.
Principles: Asking Questions
- Children Grouping: If able, divide into small groups of boys sitting with boys and girls sitting with girls in circles, each circle group with a leader who can ask the life questions. This allows more children to answer questions and more young leaders to gain leadership experience. Try to have the same Coach oversee the same group of Players each week if possible.
- Experiential Education: If we only hear a truth, we remember little. If we hear and see a truth, we remember If we experience a truth, we remember it for life!
- Teachable Moment: Experiential-games create a teachable moment, what we like to the “Aha!” moment. Children experience the truth in the game, then discover the truth in the Bible, and then the “Aha” happens during the life questions as students suddenly realize how the truth relates to their personal life.
- Leading Discovery Bible Teaching Times. Please no lectures. Ask questions allowing students to make personal discoveries from the Bible. Allow the children to have an “Aha Moment!”
Ask 3 Questions
- Game Question: How was the game experience like the Bible history?
Children may need to be reminded of the game discovery.
- Bible Question: What choice did someone make in the Bible history?
Help children remember the choice and the result of that choice.
- Life Question: What will happen in your life if you make the same choice?
Help children understand they can expect the same result if they make the same choice.
Become a Question-Asking Expert
- Observation Questions: Concrete: who, what, where, when, why, how?
- Interpretation Questions: What do you think? Why would someone do that? What should he/she have done?
- Application Questions: How could someone your age apply this truth? If someone your age in this village obeyed the truth we discovered today, what would that obedience look like?
Discipleship Principles: Inspiring a Movement
Pray that God will use your team to inspire a movement. We want children to be inspired to Love God and Love their Neighbor. We do not want the children feeling “obligated” or that they “have to do this.” We want children to be excited and wanting to practice and wanting to train to become champions for eternity the same way someone in love with soccer would train for the World Cup!
This last part of the training session is the most important: Pray that God will lock the truth into everyone’s mind, heart, and will:
- Mind: Everyone clearly understood and can retell the memory verse
- Heart: Everyone wants to share this truth with someone else
- Will: Everyone commits to asking God’s help to obey this truth
Remember our Goal and our Prize is Eternity
- What is the “Goal” of our training? (Becoming “Champions for Eternity”)
- How do we become “Champions for Eternity?” Matthew 28:18-20
- Yield to Jesus. Loving God by saying “Not my way first, God’s way always”
- Discover our Purpose. Loving Others by “Treating others with kindness”
- Exercise our Gifts. Becoming a Champion for Eternity by “Obeying and Sharing God’s word”
Therefore Let’s Practice Obeying God’s Truth & Sharing God’s Truth
Inspire your Players to want to obey. Remind them God has a calling and a purpose for every life. Ask the question: “What’s Your 77?” Then remind them if you want a be a “Great _______” (use different examples each time. “Parent” or “Athlete” or “Teacher”) for God’s glory, then it is important you obey and share God’s truth.
- How would someone your age obey or put into practice today’s truth?
- Where are you going to tell others and share with them what you learned about today’s truth?
- Practice right now. Have Players act out what obeying this truth would look like.
- (Be creative: Add other reinforcement activities like local crafts, or drawing, or snacks)
As needed remind your players God has a plan and a purpose for each of their lives Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
To help each child discover their calling, their purpose, and their gifts we ask a fun question: “What’s your 77?” This question helps children begin to ask God how and where God desires for them to be Salt and Light for Jesus.
How will you serve God? There are 7 Areas of Service:
- Public Communication
- Public Service
- Arts & Athletics
Where will you serve God? There are 7 Regions of the World:
- Latin America
- North America
- All Nations and to the ends of the world
Putting the two 7s together creates the 77. Example: If one served Jesus as a Mom in a family(2) in the area of Asia(1) her “77 Code” would be 21.
Community Transformation 77 Activity Each Month
- Allow children to experience their area of service. Go visit: 1. A Pastor’s home, 2. A Family, 3. A School, 4. A Newspaper or News Source, 5. A Hospital or Police Station, 6. A Business, 7. An Athletic Team, or Arts Location. Share with the leaders your purpose of the visit and let them know you are praying for them and for their families (invite their children to attend GameLife & Church).
- Ask if some of the older children, teens, and youth could volunteer as helpers in one of the 7 areas of community transformation.
Let’s All Ask God for Courage to Obey and Share the Truth
- Remind the Players that to follow Jesus we must listen and obey when God speaks. Ask the Players to be quiet and listen for God speaking to your heart while they pray out loud.
- Prayer of Commitment: The Coach then says, “Pray out loud and repeat with me:
Pray out loud, in small phrases allowing the children to pray out loud repeating the prayer, pause at times in the prayer allowing God to speak to everyone’s heart.
Worship: Dynamic Worship with Strong & Powerful Hand Motions
- Allow children to pick and sing their favorite songs that genuinely honor God.
- Worship often becomes the children’s favorite part of the entire GameLife Training Session.
- Develop strong and powerful worship motions to go along with the worship songs.