Get in the Game!

Adult leaders getting excited about the Bible during "Super Bible Trivia!"

Each summer, I get to speak at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Camp in Cedar Hill, TX.  Each week of camp is packed with about 1,000 kids and 200 adult leaders (not to mention all the staff all over the campground).  Their theme this summer is “Get in the Game”, tapping into the exciting narrative of the London Summer Olympics this year.

So I went ahead and wrote up 8 lessons about Old Testament heroes/heroines who “got in God’s game” (or perhaps ran from it, as was the case with Jonah).  The big idea I want kids to go away with this summer is that following Jesus is not a spectator sport.  It is one where God wants us to fully participate on the “field” of His Kingdom.

Though I’m starting at Mt. Lebanon (in under two weeks!), I’ll be brining these lessons with me to six other camps this summer and teaching these lessons with the “Get in the Game” theme or perhaps a hybrid theme with that particular camp’s summer theme.  Plus, I’ve got tons of new exciting juggling tricks and stunts planned for the kids this summer.

Here are the 8 Old Testament Characters and the Main Idea with each one:

Bible Character Lesson
Jacob If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
Samson How will you use your strength?
Jonathan Help a friend find strength in God.
Jonah Follow God’s directions!
Bezalel We all have different gifts given by God.
Esther God is our priority above all things – even things important to us.
Ruth “Your God will be my God.”
Abigail Blessed are the Peacekeepers.

I have made the discussion questions for my lessons freely available.  Simply go here to access that page.

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Dr. Jesse Joyner travels nationwide as a speaker and entertainer. His primary role is that of a performing juggler spreading joy and the love of learning to family and kids events. H earned his PhD in Educational Studies at Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL). He enjoys playing the piano, bird watching, and old houses. He lives in Richmond, VA with his wife, Sarah, and their three kids - the perfect number for juggling children.