W.A.L.T. (We Are Learning Together). Pathfinders embark on a hunt to explore the Bible through a number of images.
Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:
- Reflect on the need to internalise Bible truth
- Identify several Bible truths through participation in the Pursuit activities
- Recognise the Bible and its truths as treasure
Matthew 6:21But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Christ is central in the Bible.
Genesis explores Him as the Seed of the woman; Exodus, the Passover Lamb.
In Leviticus, we see the Atoning sacrifice; in Numbers, He is the Bronze Serpent.
Deuteronomy pictures Him as the Promised Prophet; Joshua, the Unseen Captain.
In Judges, He is My Deliverer; in Ruth, my Kinsman Redeemer.
In Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles, He is the Promised King; In Ezra and Nehemiah, the Restorer of a Nation.
In Esther He is My Advocate; In Job, my Redeemer.
In Psalms, He is my All in All; in Proverbs, He is my Pattern.
In Ecclesiastes, my Goal. In Song of Solomon, He is my beloved and in all the prophets, He is the Coming Prince of Peace.
In Matthew, He is Jesus, King of Kings.
In Mark, He is Jesus, Servant of Man.
In Luke we see Him as Jesus, the Son of Man, while John explores Him as Jesus, the Son of God.
In Acts, He descends – sending His message to the world;
In the Letters, He indwells and fills, and in Revelation, we see Him ultimately returning and Reigning. 1
If we would really know Him intimately, we need to explore that Book – uncover it as the treasure it is. Treasure often needs to be unearthed to be appreciated.
- Travelling to the different sites will be a major feature of the afternoon. You may like to use cars, bikes or a bus, depending on your Pathfinder numbers and the proximity between sites. There will be procedural variations depending on which method of transportation you use. If on a bus, you can call out the riddles as you move to the next site. If travelling by car or bike, you may withhold the clue till everyone has arrived at the next site, or place them in sealed envelopes and release them in order.
- Photocopy the treasure clues found in Appendix A (one for each pair of Pathfinders) and the illustrations of objects found in Appendix B (one copy of each illustration chosen).
- Someone needs to be asked to prepare the simple meal for the conclusion of the activity.
- Pathfinders will need to be instructed to carry their Journals with them – to ensure they have them for the final part of the activity.
- Clue Cards. (Refer to Appendix)
- Everyone must have a New International version of the Bible. (This will be important, for the word order needs to be identical)
- Buckets and spades
- Photocopies of objects found in Appendix B: boot, whisk, telephone, walkman, screwdriver, light bulb, bike, rubbish bin, cup
NB. Some of these objects will be more easily drawn than others. View and then make your selection.
- Lots of candles (emergency candles in packs of 6 are available at minimal expense from your local supermarket) and suitable candleholders (a cardboard circle around the base works well) – enough to light your meeting room sufficiently.
- 9 sheets of butcher’s paper, a strong supportive board to lean on while drawing, and a black Artline texta.
- A simple snack needs to be prepared for all the Pathfinders to complete the Pursuit.
1. Site One: City Park or similar.
This site will involve a ‘treasure’ scavenger hunt.
Riddle No. 1
1. What am I? I am lost.
2. People have forgotten about me.
3. I’m worth a lot.
4. Whoever finds me is excited.
Lesson: The Bible is Treasure.
Answer the riddle and then divide your group into smaller groups of 3 – 4. Each group must have a New International Version of the Bible OR a King James Version of the Bible.
NB. Clues are provided for both of these versions, choose which version you would prefer to work from, for groups will need to be using the came version as each other. Each group will be given a series of clues (see Appendix A for sets of numbers). When the sheets have been handed out, explain that the first number in the series represents a chapter in the book of Luke. The second number represents the verse, and the third, the specific word in the verse. Each word will be a collectable item which they are to gather.
After all the items have been collected, call the Pathfinders together.
- How much time did this activity take?
- Does studying the Bible take time?
- Was this activity always easy?
- Is Studying God’s word always easy?
- Were your treasures unexpected?
- What unexpected treasures might we find in the bible?
The whole Bible is a treasure. But it takes some searching on our part to uncover the gems it has for us.
Packaging can be deceptive.
Share the following story.
“Harry Winston, the famous diamond broker was excited. And so was the crowd that had gathered around him. He had just purchased one of the most famous diamonds in the world, and he expected it to be delivered at any moment!
In the crowd were friends, news reporters and curious onlookers, all anxious for the first glimpse of the famous stone. While they waited, Mr Winston entertained them with stories from the diamond’s past history.
The people kept watching for the armoured car and police escort that would make the delivery. Security was sure to be tight.
At the edge of the crowd a man in a postman’s uniform tried to make his way through, but he was shoved back. The people wanted nothing to distract attention from the arrival of the fabled gem.
The crowd grew. Self-appointed sentinels kept their eyes on the roadway, ready to shout the arrival of the armed escort. Again the postman tried to push through the crowd. In his hand he clutched a brown paper parcel tied with string. He said he had to deliver it to Mr Winston. Imagine! Who was he? Some crackpot trying to get his name in the paper?
Finally , with more irritation than courtesy, they let the stubborn postman through. Mr Winston took the parcel, glanced at the return address, and gave a short cry. With trembling hands, he tore the paper away from a small box. Then he opened it and tenderly lifted the precious diamond for all to see. He held it up to the sun and let the gems reflections play over the amazed crowd.
For a few moments they stood in stunned silence. How could such a fabled beauty arrive in such a common wrapping? And then they burst into a loud, spontaneous cheer. But no one in that crowd ever forgot how they had almost rejected one of the world’s most precious diamonds. ” 1
Say: The Bible is like that. Finding God is like that. The exciting gems He has to offer are encased, not in a brown paper bag, but a black leather book. But the wrapping is not the gift. We need to search and find the treasure.
2. Site Two: An ocean or riverside beach.
This site will involve a sand sculpture activity.
Riddle No. 2
1. What are we? We are small.
2. We are smooth.
3. We have to be thrown away before we are any good.
4. Some of us are wasted.
5. People bury us.
6. Some of us change when we are buried.
Lesson: The Bible is seed.
After answering the riddle, the small groups established will continue to work together to create sand sculptures to show the four kinds of soil in the parable of the Sower. Each group will focus on one soil type and use sand and other objects to create the sculpture. When complete, all participants will move from one sculpture to the next, with each group reading the relevant portion of the parable and then sharing Jesus’ explanation and their personal understanding of that part of the parable to the whole group.
Debrief: Which person are you in the parable? (For personal reflection only – Pause long enough in the quietness to reflect on this question)
3. Site Three: Any outdoor setting with an unobstructed area for drawing
This site will involve drawing pictures on a large piece of butcher’s paper with a firm support behind it.
Riddle No. 3
1. What am I? People look at me.
2. You use me every day.
3. I’m solid.
5. I give you the truth.
Answer: A Mirror
Lesson: The Bible is a Mirror.
After answering the riddle, invite someone to leave the area. Give another person who remains in the group a picture of an object (found in Appendix B). Objects: Boot, whisk, telephone, walkman, screwdriver, light bulb, bike, rubbish bin, cup. Do not tell the group at large what the pictures are.
Invite the person who left the group back. The person with the picture will then proceed to give an accurate series of instructions to this ‘artist’ as to how to draw the object in their hand. The ‘artist’ must draw exactly what he is told. NB. The instructions must only relate to the drawing, not the object.
Eg: You can say: Draw a straight line or Draw a curve at the bottom but not: Draw a lightbulb.
Everyone must guess what is being drawn. At the end of each drawing, compare the drawn object to the picture.
• Was the drawing like the original – was it a good ‘mirror’?
• Why not? (Lack of sight – lack of first hand experience’)
• How is this like us copying Christ? (We need to really know Him first-hand to be able to copy Him.)
• How is it possible to get that ‘first hand experience’ with Him now?
• When will we truly reflect Him? (When we get to heaven. We will be ‘changed’ in the twinkling of an eye…’ )
4. Site Four:
This site will take place at the Meeting Room or another indoor venue.
Riddle No. 4
1. What am I? Part of me is made of glass.
2. Part of me is metal.
3. I’m potentially dangerous.
4. I’m useful.
5. I burn.
6. I need oil.
Answer: A Lamp
Lesson: The Bible is a lamp.
This activity will return all the participants to an indoor setting. After answering the riddle, a simple meal will be provided by lamp or candle light. Quiet music will help to set an appropriate atmosphere. After the meal, arrange for leaders to stop the music and blow all the candles out suddenly, putting the room in total darkness. Then ask them from the other side of the room to come to where you are. (If they are sitting down, and have the obstruction of tables and chairs to dodge, so much the better!)
Then sit together and share Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
Ask everyone to paraphrase this verse in their Journals. Then say: Think about this for yourself. If I was to take this verse seriously, what changes would there be in my life this week?
After reflecting on this for a moment, ask the group to share their paraphrases. Ask the above question again, and if the atmosphere is right, invite sharing about the answer to that question.
NB. Start the sharing yourself. Be honest – your vulnerability will give them courage to be open themselves.
Pray for each other, asking God to be with each one as the treasures of the Bible are planted as seeds within them. Ask God to show them, like a mirror, who they are and who God is. Pray that their study may guide their every decision in life, as a lamp guides the feet of those in a darkened room.
After the prayer, continue with the background music and candle light and invite all Pathfinders to take their Journals, find a quiet place, and write in the events of the Pursuit and the new things they have learned from this experience. Invite them to write a short letter of commitment to God as a response to what they have learned.
Debriefing will have occurred during the course of the Pursuit.
1 From ” God in a Brown Paper Bag” by George Vanderman, It is Written, Thousand Oaks, California
New International Version (NIV)
1 2: 27: 17
2 3: 8: 29
3 5: 36: 14
4 8: 11: 9
5 12: 7: 4
6 6: 43: 6
7 3: 9: 7
8 7: 41: 4
9 15: 16: 9
10 22: 36: 11
New International Version
1: child, 2: stones, 3: garment, 4: seed, 5: hairs 6: fruit, 7: root, 8: money, 9: pods, 10: purse
King James Version (KJV)
1 2: 27: 17
2 3: 8: 32
3 5: 36: 17
4 8: 11: 7
5 12: 7: 5
6 6: 43: 9
7 3: 9: 10
8 7: 41: 15
9 15: 16: 11
10 22: 36: 12
King James Version
1: child, 2: stones, 3: garment, 4: seed, 5: hairs, 6: fruit, 7: root, 8: pence, 9: husks, 10: purse
Whisk, Boot, Cup, Lightbulb, Rubbish bin, Screwdriver, Telephone, Walkman, Bicycle