PATHWAYGod: Faith Development
AGE GROUP10-12 years, 12-14 years, 14-16 years
Anticipate Time1 hour min
GROUP SIZE5-15, 15-30
ValuesCourage, Faith, Hope, Loyalty, Awareness
Pathfinders play a game to help them focus on an attitude to the Second Coming.
Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:
- Identify the concrete signs which indicate Christ’s soon return
- Contemplate their readiness for that grand event
- Take steps to develop a relationship with the God who WILL return
Isaiah 25: 9In that day they will say, 'Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he will save us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him, let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.
“Live in contact with the living Christ, and HE will hold you firmly by a hand that will never let go. Know and believe the love that God has to us, and you are secure; that love is a fortress impregnable to all the delusions and assaults of Satan.”(Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing p 119)
Mark out areas as indicated below on an open playing area.
- A rope or marking device to indicate two goal lines.
- Enough copies of the appendix (‘God’s Invitation’) for one for each participant
1. Briefly review the content highlighted in Megatrends I, then divide the group into two teams of equal size.
2. Explain that one team will be ‘mortals’ (occupying the region marked A). The other team will be the ‘landmines’ (Occupying Team B’s area). Team A will select one ‘mortal’ and guide them safely through the field of ‘landmines.’ The teams will be arranged somewhat like the diagram below:
The ‘mortal’ representing Team A must be blindfolded and move across the playing field from the starting line to the finishing line. S/he must avoid being touched by any of the landmines. Teammates from ‘Team A’ will work on the best strategy for guiding the mortal through the danger area. They must stay behind the starting line.
Meanwhile, Team B – the landmines, randomly spread over the field, will attempt to inhibit the progress of the missionary by touching him or her. They may not, however move their feet at all to touch the missionary, except once, during each ‘journey’ when the leader will invite them to take one step in any direction. During this time the missionary will remain still.
Any contact made with the mortal must be made with the landmine in a standing position. The landmines may, if they wish, shout misleading instructions to the mortal. (Silence, however is often a more advisable strategy.)
Each team has a chance to guide four mortals, before they swap roles. A penalty of 20 points will be added for every contact with a head-hunter.
The team with the lowest number of ‘landmine explosions’ wins.
- (To the mortals): How did you feel at the outset of your ‘journey’?
- Mortals, how was it to be alone in a hostile environment? What gave you courage? (Listening to the right voice / es)
- What got you through?
- Does this game have any implications for life? If so, what?
- In what situations might we have to ‘walk alone’ in life – forging our own way ahead?
- How is this like our ‘passage’ through to the second coming?
- Who do we need to listen to… trust… depend on?
- How can we do that – when we can’t necessarily audibly hear His voice?
- If the saying ‘by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’ is true, how can we prepare in the here and now? (Developing a relationship with Jesus, studying His Word)
Read the following to the Pathfinders:
“Live in contact with the living Christ, and HE will hold you firmly by a hand that will never let go. Know and believe the love that God has to us, and you are secure; that love is a fortress impregnable to all the delusions and assaults of Satan.”(Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing p 119) Clarify any difficult words in this passage and expand on the imagery of God’s love as a fortress.
3. Give each person the Invitation from God (refer to Appendix B).
Read aloud John 14:3. Say: God wants us to spend eternity with him in heaven.
Read the front of the invitation. Then explain Christ’s gift of eternal life listed on the inside, explaining and expanding as necessary. Be sure to have a number of participants read aloud the scripture references.
RSVP (from the Appendix). Have each participant read the “RSVP God” page from the “God’s Invitation” handout and respond by checking the appropriate box. Ask each person to write their name on their invitation. NB. Collect the invitations once they have responded so you can follow up with individuals later. Invite those who’d like to accept God’s invitation now or would like more information, to talk with you later privately. After the close of your session, invite those who have indicated an acceptance of the gift if they would like to start Bible studies. IT WILL BE VITAL TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THIS.
4. Have your group form a circle. Say: Turn to the person on your right and say, ‘I want to spend the future with you because…’ Complete the sentence with a positive remark, such as ‘because you’re fun to be around’ or ‘because you make me feel important.‘ Go around the circle and repeat the process until everyone has completed the sentence.
Close with prayer, telling God why you want to spend the future with Him and thanking Him for not leaving us guessing about the future and for wanting to spend eternity with us.
Questions will have been asked throughout the Pursuit.