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Saul was a mean and sinful man, throwing Christians into
prison and even killing them. He hated God’s people (see Acts 9:1–22).
But then God changed him and forgave him of his sins. Saul repented of his sin and
stopped being mean to Christians. He believed that Jesus was his Savior. He became a
child of God, a Christian, himself. After that, he told everyone he could about
God. He wanted everyone to become a child of God because he realized how loving and
wonderful God is.
God changed, or transformed, Saul into a better person. His name even changed because
God sent him to a group of people who understood the name Paul better than the name
Saul. And God chose to have Paul write down some of the books of the Bible as God
breathed the words to Paul.
God isn’t going to change your name like Paul’s did, but He does promise to change each
of His children. You become a child of God if you repent of your sins and believe in Jesus.
Paul was involved in murder and hurting other people. Those were
sins before God. We may not have murdered anyone, but each one of us has sinned before
God. We have disobeyed God’s commands—everyone has. The punishment for sin is
death and eternal separation from God’s goodness forever. We need to repent of our sins
and believe that Jesus was the one who paid the penalty for sin on our behalf by dying on
the Cross and rising from the dead. When we do that, we can become a child of God. He
then promises to transform us over time so we become more like His Son Jesus.
We’ve talked about how God changed Paul’s life. We could never tell all the
ways God has used His Word to change people throughout time. But we’re going to play a
game to touch on just a few of the ways the Bible has impacted our planet.
The game is called Freeze, Freeze, Frozen! We’ll divide into teams of 4-5 each. I’ll give you
a question. If your team writes the correct answer on your board, you get to draw Freeze,
Freeze, Frozen! cards. Each Freeze, Freeze, Frozen! card has a point total on it, the word Freeze!, or the word
Frozen! (see cards below). You may
draw cards as long as you want, gaining points as you go, but if you draw a Freeze! card,
you lose all the points from that turn. If you draw a Frozen! card, you lose all the points
you have so far. You will record your points on your board. Any questions? Let’s divide
into teams and pass out supplies, then we’ll begin.
Freeze, Freeze, Frozen! Questions
There are 13 questions that follow. Do some or all, depending on how much time you
have, in whatever order you want.
This was a bad practice in America until around the time of the Civil War.
Teachings from the Bible helped to get rid of it.
A) Slavery. Christians who read the Bible understood that God made people special, in
His image. We’re not to make another human being a slave. God doesn’t want people
to be treated like animals but instead with love and kindness. Many Christians from
centuries past fought to end the practice of slavery, all because of the principles they
learned from the Bible. William Wilberforce was a man who worked in the United Kingdom
to bring about the end of slavery. He understood passages in the Bible teach that
we are all equal before God and that it is wrong to enslave another human being. (Read
Galatians 5:1 and Acts 17:26.)
This is a type of building that has a collection of something. When you go into it, you
need to be quiet so you won’t disturb people who are reading and studying. It wouldn’t
be what it is without the Bible’s influence.
C) Library. Libraries are filled with books. Countless books have been influenced by
the Bible. It’s said that the Bible could be completely rewritten just by using quotes
from the Bible that are in books within a library. Shakespeare’s works alone contain
about 800 quotes from the Bible. More books are written about the Bible or with
biblical themes or messages than any other book.
This is something done at Christmas time that children love. This custom was inspired
by a Bible account.
C) Giving gifts. The custom of giving gifts was inspired by the Bible account of the
wise men giving gifts to young Jesus. Many other Christmas customs were also
inspired by the Bible. Because the account of Jesus’ birth is faithfully recorded, we are
able to know about the Creator who came to save us from our sins.
This was an explorer who wanted to spread the Word of God to other places, so he
traveled and discovered new lands.
B) Leif Erickson. Around 1000 AD, Leif became a Christian. He traveled with the idea
of spreading God’s Word. Many other famous explorers also wanted to spread God’s
Word, such as Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, and Marco Polo. The Bible
impacted all these men, who went on to impact the world by discovering new places.
They were brothers who lived in Ohio. They decided to invent an airplane after studying
God’s brilliant design in birds.
B) The Wright brothers. The Wright brothers were inspired by God’s Word and by
God’s world as they studied birds.
This is used every day, all over the world. People sometimes hang it on the wall to see
what day it is. It is based on the numbers 7, 28, 30, and 31.
A) Calendar. In Genesis 1, God established the first week by creating for six days and
resting for one. That was the first seven-day week, upon which our calendar system
The months of the year were named later but are based on the cycle of the moon,
which God created in the beginning to rule over the night. The year is based on the
time it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun, a pattern which God set in motion
when He created the sun, moon, and stars to be for signs, seasons, days, and years.
He was famous for his artwork and inventions. He painted many famous scenes from
the Bible, including the Last Supper.
C) Leonardo da Vinci. As with many painters, Leonardo da Vinci painted many Bible
scenes. Others inspired by the Bible were Michelangelo, Raphael, and Rembrandt.
He was one of the most famous scientists of all time. He believed the Bible and used
it as a guide in understanding how God’s world works. By carefully observing falling
objects, he was able to describe the force of gravity as one of God’s laws of nature.
B) Sir Isaac Newton. Some consider Sir Isaac Newton to be the most important scientist
ever. He is famous not only for his work with gravity but also with calculus,
astronomy, and physics. (Read Jeremiah 33:25.) From this, we understand that God
created natural laws by which the universe operates (laws of gravity, chemistry, physics,
biology, astronomy, etc.). Over time, by studying God’s orderly world, scientists
have discovered and named these laws.
This was a church denomination that was started because of the Bible. Its founders,
the Booths, were strong Christians who believed in sharing the message of the Bible
while helping the poor, homeless, and hungry. They wanted to share the hope of salvation.
B) The Salvation Army. Many churches such as the Salvation Army were begun by
those who believed the Bible. Christians wanted to share God’s message of hope,
love, and caring with others. Thus organizations such as the Red Cross, Operation
Christmas Child, and thousands of others came about. (Read Proverbs 14:31;
Isaiah 1:17; 1 John 3:17.)
He was a devout reader of the Bible, and God gave him the talent to write brilliant
Christian music. He believed music’s purpose was to glorify God. He was known all
over the world as one of the greatest composers of all time.
A) Bach. Bach spent his life as a church organist, devoted to the Lord and studying
the Bible. He often initialed the end of his works with the phrase “To God alone, the
glory.” Many other composers were impacted by the Bible as well, including Handel,
who wrote the Hallelujah Chorus, and Mendelssohn, who had great respect for the
Bible and considered it the inspiration for his work.
He invented the telegraph, which was an important discovery to aid communication.
The first words sent by telegraph were, “What hath God wrought?”
C) Samuel Morse. Samuel Morse invented not only the telegraph but also Morse Code.
He is one of literally hundreds of scientists who valued the Bible, including famous men
such as Galileo, Pasteur, and George Washington Carver. In fact, most major branches of
science were started by Christians who were impacted by the Bible.
He was a missionary in South America among a fierce tribe called the Aucas. Sharing
the message of the Bible with them was so important to him that he risked his life and
was killed by them. A movie, called the End of the Spear, was made about his life.
B) Jim Elliot. The message of the Bible has impacted people so much that some are
willing to give their lives for its message of salvation. The good news in this story is
that Jim Elliot’s wife and others eventually went back to the Aucas. Because the Bible
calls us to forgive just as God has forgiven us, Jim’s wife forgave them. The Aucas were
willing to listen to her message, and half the tribe became Christians. Because of Jim’s
story, countless other people have become missionaries, living all over the world and
sharing the Bible and its message about Jesus with others.
This is a common expression people say to show something is pure white. It comes
right from the Bible.
B) As white as snow. (Read Isaiah 1:18.) Many other phrases, expressions, and names
also come from the Bible, such as holiday (holy day) and Chris (from Christian).
After hearing all of that,
wouldn’t you agree that the Bible has had an incredible impact on the earth? Tally the Freeze, Freeze,
Frozen points (see answers below and use the Freeze, Freeze, Frozen game cards) and announce the winner.
God has used His Word in a mighty way to shed light and love and goodness, and to fight
darkness and evil and sin. Can you imagine what the planet would be like if we didn’t have