Games for Learning the Books of the Bible

by Dell Markey

Learning the books of the Bible doesn't have to be a complicated task for anyone. Children and teens learn best when they're having fun. But guess what? Adults do, as well. With that in mind, help your kids memorize the Bible's books and their locations with a handful of fun and easy games. Before you know it, they'll know their Bible books. And if you're a little rusty on them, you will know them, too.

Bible Book Relay

Make two sets of cards. On each set, print the name of each book of the Bible; one book per card. Divide people into two teams, giving each team one set of cards. Have the teams shuffle the cards and divide them amongst themselves. Instruct the teams that they are to take turns bringing you the cards in correct sequence. If they bring a card out of sequence, send them back to try again. The first team to bring all the cards in correct order wins. To make the game easier, you can allow players to refer to a Bible if they bring a card out of sequence.

Old and New

Divide your playing area into two sections: 'Old' and 'New.' Tell the players that you are going to call out a book of the Bible. If they think the book is in the Old Testament, they are to move to the 'Old' section. If they believe the book is in the New Testament, they are to move to the 'New' section. Players receive one point for each correct guess.

Bible Book Concentration

Children and teens learn best through fun, hands-on activities.

For this game, you are going to make flash cards. Each card should have the name of one book of the Bible written upon it. Once you have made cards representing every book of the Bible, place the cards face down on the playing surface. Instruct the players to find the books of the Bible in sequence from Genesis to Revelation. Have players take turns choosing one card, turning it over, and showing it to the other players. If the card is the next book in sequence, that player gets to keep the card. If not, it is turned back over. Allow players to check their Bibles to see which book is next, if necessary. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

Sword Drill

Make sure each player has a Bible. Alternately, you can divide into teams, making sure each team has a Bible. Instruct the players that you are going to call out the address of Bible verses (i.e., John 3:16 or Psalm 23:1). The first player or team to find the verse you call out stands up and reads it aloud. That player or team receives one point. The winning player or team is the one with the most points at the end of your game. The kids will learn where the books of the Bible are in relation to each other and how to find specific verses quickly.

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