Are you a Follower?
AGE GROUP8-10 years, 10-12 years, 12-14 years, 14-16 years, 16+ years
Anticipate Time30 min min
GROUP SIZE2-5, 5-15, 15-30, 30
ValuesCommitment, Dedication, Determination, Discernment, Loyalty
In this Worship Pursuit, Pathfinders explore the challenges with following another person closely and connect this exacting practice to following Jesus.
Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:
- Positively participate in the game
- Openly share their ideas about the application of the game
- Commit to following Jesus more closely
2 Corinthians 12: 9My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
It was Deitrich Bonhoeffer who said, ‘Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.’ A disciple is a follower.
Eugene Peterson describes discipleship as: ‘anything that causes what is believed in the heart to have demonstrable consequences in our daily life.’ It is the ultimate goal of the serious Christian; the proof that the ‘glow is on show’ – that we’re not following from a distance but walking close enough to feel His breath upon us, empowering us to be more like Him. Followers notice nuances of their own behaviour and motive. They don’t just attend the lectures, they are a student. They’re not just a typist, they’re a computer technician. They understand what it takes to make it happen! They are not sitting next to the vine – however close, they are connected to it. And it makes a whole life of a difference.
In the words of John Ortberg: “I don’t just do the things Jesus would have done; I find myself wanting to do them. They appeal to me. They make sense. I don’t just go around trying to do right things; I become the right sort of person…. Following Jesus simply means learning from Him how to arrange my life around activities that enable me to live in the fruit of the Spirit.” The Life You’ve Always Wanted, by John Ortberg (1997) Zondervan Publishing House, Michigan p 23, 49
This Worship Pursuit explores how closely we need to focus to be an authentic follower, and challenges us to make the transfer into our spiritual lives.
- Divide your Club into pairs and ask them to face each other. Then ask them to choose a leader and a follower. Ask the leaders to very slowly start to move their face, hands, head and torso and invite the followers to try to copy them as closely as possible. Each pair should be working as a mirror image of each other. Move around your group as they try this and commend those who are being accurate and careful followers. After they have practiced this for a few minutes, ask a pair who is doing really well to repeat their actions while everyone watches. Don’t tell the group who is the leader and who is the follower and see if they can guess.
- Then ask everyone to sit in a circle. One person is chosen to start an action. He performs a simple action and then the player on his/her left mimics the first action and adds an action of his/her own. The next player now copies the first two actions and adds one. The play continues as quickly as possible until everyone in the circle has continued the sequence. If someone makes a mistake in the sequence, a new sequence will be started.
NB. If you have really large numbers of Pathfinders, establish them in smaller groups of 12 – 15.
- You may choose to have an elimination element in this game, with the final two having a play-off .
- The Bible makes numerous references to ‘following’. Share the following verses: John 12:26says, ‘Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me.’ On numerous occasions the Bible says, ‘Then He said to them, Follow me’. The Old Testament also challenges us to ‘not follow the crowd in doing wrong’ Exodus 23:2; ‘Be careful to follow my decrees’ Leviticus 18: 4; ‘Follow carefully all the words of this law’, Deuteronomy 17:19. Ask, ‘How easy is it to follow Jesus?’ Explain your answer.
- Can you follow easily from far away?
- What did it take for you to follow the pattern? (concentration, observation, being close, keeping focused on it)
- If you tried to do other things at the same time, would you have been able to follow accurately?
- What are some examples of actions of Jesus that we will want to follow?
- What are some examples of words of Jesus that we will want to follow?
- In what way did this game explore discernment? Commitment? Dedication? Loyalty?
- If we made a mistake in following in the game, what happened? (We had another go!)
- When we make a mistake following Jesus in our Christian walk, what happens? (Jesus forgives us when we ask for it and He wants us to try again)
- Following in both activities took real concentration. Do you REALLY use that much concentration and focused attention in following Jesus?
- Is following a matter of trying or a matter of training?
- What is the difference between trying and training? (We can do so much more by training than we’ll EVER be able to do by trying)
- Are we entering a lifestyle of training for ‘following Jesus’?
- What qualities does it take to train? What values? (Determination, Patience, Tenacity, Persistence etc)
- Are these qualities one’s I’m actively developing in my life?
- Exactly how am I going about developing those qualities?
- What will I do this week that will help me train to follow Jesus more closely?
- What specific areas of my life do I really need to focus on in order to, with God’s help, copy Jesus more accurately?