Minecraft Bible Study on John 15:5

Minecraft Bible Study on John 15:5

I am working on a new series of Minecraft Bible study videos with my son as Minecraft expert. We are making them at the pace of about one a week so be sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel if you want to get all of them when they come out.

Here is the working script I used. We didn’t follow this exactly, but you can get the basic idea. Nathan ended up making a mine cart track that would shoot fireworks as long as it was connected to a big redstone cross. It was pretty cool. (then of course since he is 11 he wanted to make it shoot fireballs at the village, and well…that was actually pretty cool too)

Hey guys! Welcome back to another Minecraft Bible Study. I’m your host Bro. Shane and I’m joined as always by my son/co-host/minecraft guru Nathan. Say hey, Nathan.

So this week we are going to be building a contraption that uses Redstone to work.

Before we get too much further you need to go and find your Bible and turn to John 15:5

There will be a link in the description if you don’t have a Bible.

OK, every time we make these redstone things I am fascinated, because for me Minecraft is always about survival mode which is the way I like to play the best and in survival you don’t find a whole lot of red stone, so I don’t build with it much.

But Nathan Is my go to guru to show me how this stuff works.

So what does this have to do with the Bible? Well, if you will open your Bible to John 15 we will take a look at some of the teachings of Jesus.

John 15:5

5 “I am the vine;  you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit,  because you can do nothing without Me

Jesus says that he is the vine and we are the branches and then he says that we must remind in Jesus if we are to bear fruit.

So if you break the connection to the redstone the machine no longer works. The same is true for us. If we break our connection with Jesus we will no  longer produce good things.

So how do we remain in Jesus?

We spend time reading the Bible, it is important for us to spend some time every day reading God’s word.

The second thing is we need to spend time talking to God. Nathan what do we call talking to God?

Yeah, we should spend time praying.

We spend time hanging out with other people who love Jesus

It is important that we spend time with other people who love Jesus because that helps us to learn to love Jesus more.

So just like the redstone lines are important if you want the machine to run it is important that we remain connected to Jesus through prayer, reading our bible and going to church if we are going to productive in the role that God has for us.

Thanks so much for watching, be sure to tell your friends about us, share us on facebook and whenever else you go and like and subscribe so that other people can find us.

Confessions of an Average Youth Minister Day 4: It’s Sunday!

Confessions of an Average Youth Minister Day 4: It’s Sunday!

It’s Sunday! Sundays are long days, but they are also great days. Always great to be back at church with others to worship and learn. This week was a crazy one for me. I had to play guitar as an accompanist (which always makes me nervous), teach Sunday school, lead Kid’s Worship, and then teach youth on Sunday night. On top of that there was almost a riot from lack of donuts. It was a good day. Check it out!

Parents: the ultimate youth ministers

Parents: the ultimate youth ministers

“My biggest frustration in youth ministry was that I could never seem to spend enough time with the youth to effect lasting change. The best and the brightest students I had for three or four hours a week. Many of the students I had for only an hour each month. ‘If only I could be around them more!’–that was what I kept thinking. So I coached, I taught, I tutored, just to spend more time with the youth. Then I became a parent, and I realized that God had already designed a way around this problem of not having enough time with students to be the catalyst for change in their lives. That role wasn’t mine in the first place. It belonged to their dads and moms.”
-Josh Remy
from Family Ministry Field Guide

Family Prayer Time Ideas

Family Prayer Time Ideas

Most Parents who are part of a church know that they should spend more time in prayer with their children. The problem is that these family devotion times can become very formulaic and can even get overlooked when our schedules become too full. Here are a few ideas to add some creativity to your family prayer times.

Prayer Flash Cards:

The idea

Create flash cards as visual reminders of who your family is praying for. Your small children can use those cards as a reference on who to pray for.

Before you start

  • Gather together pictures of family members, friends, and church leaders (especially your child’s Sunday school teacher)
  • Create a set of flash cards using the pictures.
  • If you glue the pictures onto construction paper or large index cards you can have room to write requests beneath the picture.

How it works

Use your deck of cards to guide your time of prayer. There are several ways that you can do this. The basic way to pray would be to turn over each card and then pray as a family for the person who is on the card. You can also pass out the cards face down to each person in your family and then take turns turning a card over and praying for the person on the card.

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Prayer Letters:

The idea

Write down a prayer that you have for someone else in your family and then let them read it.

Before you start

Gather pens and half sheets of paper (because whole sheets can be intimidating) for each person in your family.

How it works:

  • Sit everyone in your family in a circle.
  • Have each person write a prayer about the person sitting on their left. If you have never journaled a prayer before encourage your children to write down what they would say to God if they were praying for their person.
  • Play some soft music while people are writing their prayers.
  • After everyone has finished pass your prayer to who it was about.
  • Have the subject of the prayer read it aloud.

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Puzzle Prayers:

The idea:

God has given us each a special gift to use in the church. This prayer uses a puzzle to pray for the people who are in our church.

Before you start:

Find a wooden puzzle or other toy that requires the matching of shapes. (Like a toy with square, triangle, and star shaped holes)

How it works:

  • Put the puzzle together with your child.
  • As you do point out that God made everyone different and special.
  • Tell your child that the church has many different people with different talents all coming together to glorify God.
  • As you put in the pieces of the puzzle pray for our church and its leaders. Be sure to include your child’s Sunday school teacher in your prayers.
  • After you have prayed undo the puzzle and start putting them back in again. This time encourage your child to pray a prayer similar to the one that you prayed.

Family Prayer Activities

Family Prayer Activities

Life is stressful. Life with children is normally even more stressful. As parents we know that we should have spiritual conversations with our children, but often we find it hard to create those moments in the course of a normal day. Here are a few ideas for adding prayer to your time with your small children.

In Car Prayers

The Idea:

Families spend lots of time in the car so why not redeem some of that time as a time to pray prayers of praise.

Before You Start:

Before you crank the car inform your children that part of your trip will be a prayer of praise by saying the following silly rhyme.

We’re in the car for another ride
and we need something to pass the time.
So from now till then until we get there
we will pray the “see what God has made” prayer.

How it works:

  • Take turns saying things that you see that God has made. Once you say something you see the next person has to say a short prayer of thanks for that item and then gives the next item. This continues around the car (or back and forth between 2 people).
  • For older kids add an element of memory to the game by listing everything that is said each time. For instance if Sally says, I see Trees then Mom would say Thank you God for the trees. I see a dog. Sally would then have to say, “thank you God for trees and that dog.” and then would add something that she saw and it would continue from there.
  • If small children have a trouble differentiating between things that are man made and God made be sure to point out that everything is made by someone made by God so everything that you see can be used as a way to praise God.

Prayer Breaks

The idea

Being out in public with your children can sometimes be stressful. Beat the stress and add prayer to your day by taking short (1 minute) prayer breaks while you are out and about.

How it works

Once every hour stop everything you are doing and sit down to pray. Find you a bench or a place you can sit sort of out of the way. Sit down. Pull your children up into your lap or put your arms around them. Take a few deep breaths and then pray.

Pray for the people that you see around you. Pray that God will use you to be a light to them. Encourage your children to pray for the people that they see as well. When you are finished squeeze them all real tight and go on about your business. You will feel better and your children will see a visual demonstration of the importance of prayer.

Pick Up Prayers

The Idea:

This isn’t really an idea to pray with your children, but it is something that I have found helpful. The idea is to pray for your children as you are cleaning up after them.

How it works:

As you are picking up your child’s toys or other things use that time to pray for him. Let that small act of service that you are doing be an offering to God and lift up your child to Him in prayer as you are cleaning.

(on a personal note: One of my son’s favorite toys is Legos, but since he is just 5 he doesn’t do a very good job of organizing them. Some of my biggest prayer times for that little boy come when I am getting those little pieces back into the right container.)