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Faithcraft

Thane Rulli

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Attached is the study for this coming Friday morning. I was recently asked by my wife, Sarah to do something for our family that I will share with you. She observed how I come up with Bible studies on a weekly basis and that I am always preparing Bible related topics and preparing for meetings about doctrine, practice, and relations in our church. She asked if I would find some ways to engage our kids and our family in Bible study that results in eagerness to participate and understanding of and engagement with the material we are studying. Many times our Bible time can be a chore for the family, and I would like to respond to this challenge by using you guys to help.

In that vein, I have attached a Bible study someone else came up with that uses some activities and the game Minecraft to connect with kids. I did not write this study, so I would like to adapt it through critique and constructive criticism. I purposely did not use a study that I came up with so that nobody will feel like they will hurt my feelings with criticism.

As we go through the sections, ask these questions and modify as needed:

  1. What things need to be deleted/changed/added to?
     
  2. What things are engaging for kids? Teens? adults? (Idea of a family study)
     
  3. Are there any activities/exercises that could be more engaging or better connecting examples?
     
  4. What questions/ideas lead to deeper conversations and deeper understanding of this section of Scripture, the nature of Christ and the nature of Faith?
     
  5. What questions/ideas lead to a shallow understanding of this section of Scripture, the nature of Christ and the nature of faith?
     
  6. How do you anticipate this activity/question will effect each person's walk with Christ?
     
  7. What are some things in this study that would encourage you to go deeper and continue the next study in this series?
     
  8. What are some things in this study that make you yawn?
     
  9. What are some things that profoundly affected you? Any revelations?

The study:

  • Remember what we said about Faith? What is it? Say Faith is...Faith is...believing
    with your actions...believing with your actions.
     
  • When you first pop into Minecraft and you are in survival mode what are some
    of the first things you need to do? (pause for answers)
     
  • Well, you know that night is coming so you have to prepare. So you do things to
    prepare.
     
  • You know you will need shelter, and you could just dig a hole in the ground and
    wait until morning, but that wouldn’t be very productive.
     
  • So instead you cut some trees to get some wood, and then make a crafting table,
    and then a pick axe and then go and find you some stone so you can either 1)get
    some charcoal or 2) build a furnace to make some charcoal so that you can have
    torches and get some light)
     
  • If you do these things you should be able to make it through your first night.
     
  • These are some of the basic foundations of Minecraft. So let’s look at what the
    basics of faith are.
     
  • Remember what we said about Faith? What is it? Say Faith is...Faith is...believing
    with your actions...believing with your actions.
     
  • So then if faith is believing with our actions then we had better be sure that we
    have faith in the right thing.
     
  • If I have faith that this string is going to hold me up that doesn’t hurt me until
    I decide to go mountain climbing with it. Then it snaps and I fall down and get
    hurt.
     
  • (tie a piece of yarn to a support on the wall or ceiling and ask a student to
    swing on it, if no student will, step in it yourself)
     
  • This yarn didn’t hold up we have to have faith in things that can hold us up.
     
  • Jesus told a story about putting your faith in the right thing, but before we get to
    that lets play a little game.
     
  • (Pass out a roll of tape and a pack of index cards to each team)
     
  • Get into teams. Big kids help the little kids and build the tallest coolest tower
    you can build that can stand on its own.
     
  • Then go by and fan the towers to see which of them stand up.
     
  • Your towers needed strong foundations to stand. That is what Jesus said in a
    story he told in Matthew 7:24-29.
     
  • Everyboday say matthew...matthew...chapter 7...chapter 7...verse 29...verse29
     
  • “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice
    is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down,
    the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did
    not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears
    these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man
    who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the
    winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
     
  • 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at
    his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their
    teachers of the law.

     
  • So how do you compare this to the things that you guys built? You need to have
    the right foundation if you are going to be able to stand firm.
     
  • So what is the right foundation?
     
  • The right foundation is Jesus.
     
  • Faith begins when we begin a life with Jesus.
     
  • So now you get homework.
     
  • What do you think are 3 things you can do to help craft your faith?
     
  • Read your Bible, Pray, Come to church
     
  • Do these 3 things and you will be able to build on the foundation of Jesus.
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