1. TRIVIA GAME
A. Say something like, “I need two volunteers to participate in a trivia contest.” There will be three questions. Whoever gets the most correct, will win a BIG prize…the admiration and awe of all those gathered here today! Who wants to go first?” (Make sure rest of group commits to NOT yelling the answers)
TRIVIA QUESTION #1: In the movie Seabiscuit, what horse is Seabuiscuit’s grandfather? (It’s unlikely they will know this, so after they struggle for a while, provide them with the answer: War Admiral.)
**Next, ask contestant #2 the same question you asked contestant #1. It is the same question, and hopefully they’ll give you the right answer. Say, “Ok, one point for contestant #2, let’s see if contestant #1 can tie it up!”
TRIVIA QUESTION #2 for contestant #1: “In which book of the Bible do you find this verse: God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble.” (Again, he/she probably won’t know, tell the answer – Psalms 46). After you have done this, repeat the same question for contestant #2. Since they just heard the answer, it should be answered correctly.
TRIVIA QUESTION #3 for contestant #1: What two players were recently inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in January of 2004? Dennis Eckersley / Paul Molitor Ask contestant #2 the same question. The “joke” will be complete.
Q: Did you think this trivia game was fair? Why? (Give kids time to respond, after they answer, emphasize that contestant #2 got to learn from #1′s mistakes)
Q: What would you have thought if contestant #2 had answered all three questions wrong? (Allow youth time to respond)
Say something like, “You would have been worried about their mental stability, right? When we see other people making mistakes, we’re supposed to learn from them so we don’t make the same mistakes.”
LOOK AT THE BOOK
Q: Should we learn from others’ mistakes when it comes to sin, too?
Q: What are some examples of things you have learned from other’s mistakes?
1. Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-13. Emphasize verse 8
Q: What were the mistakes that the Israelites made? (Drunkenness, sexual sin,
complaining, served other gods)
Q: The writer told of those stories about the Israelites mistakes to be a warning to Christians in his day. Does God still warn us about temptation and sin? How? When?
Q: What are the most common sinful mistakes young people make today?
Q: How can we help those people? (Offering friendship and not judging them)
Q: What can we do that will help us to be better at learning from the mistakes of others?