Survivor-Temptation Island

Faith-building Outdoor Bible Adventure

Goal: Through various fun games, activities, and group Bible discussions, participants will learn that temptation is from Satan and can lead to sin. Participants will also learn how to receive God's power to resist Satan's temptations. Event lasts approximately 3.5 hours. For grades 5 and up. Click here to learn how a women's ministry in Texas used our event!

Set Up: Announce the "Temptation Island" event a few weeks in advance and advertise with our event flyers. On the day of the event decorate with an "Island" theme. Have the participants wear modest, beach-type clothing, and give them Hawaiian leis, with each team having the same color of leis. One of the games involves water, so have the players dress accordingly. 

Optional: In the center of your playing field create a small island, "Temptation Island," use white or beige sheets to create the beach sand, fake or real palm trees, coconuts, sand buckets, fake fire pit, a beach umbrella and a beach chair. You will need squirt guns for the leaders and for the team that wins the first game.

Event Supplies
(Read through the lesson before collecting your supplies.) Construction paper to make team cards, permanent markers, Hawaiian leis, squirt guns, Post-It note pads, pencils, Bibles for each team, white cardstock paper, scissors, foam sheets, safety pins, leather lace, small shells or beads, Hoola-Hoops, Tug-O-War rope, sprinkler, trail mix items (suggestions below).

Theme Bible Verse
"When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death." James 1:13-15

Ice Breaker Activity: Have participants make their own name badges. Click here to print the name tags and event flyer. 

What you need: Name tag printed in color on white card stock paper, scissors, hole punch, adhesive-backed foam sheets. 

What You Do: Mount logo on foam sheets and cut out the badge. On the top portion of the badge print your name. Punch a hole in the top and attach to the front of your shirt with a safety pin.

Explain the design
Temptation means to be lured or enticed by our evil desires. 
Redemption is to buy back, to recover or regain. Jesus bought us out of slavery to sin. He has recovered us and regained our freedom. 
Forgiveness- Because Jesus died on the cross, taking the punishment we deserve, God no longer holds our sins against us. We are now able to go into God's holy presence because we are forgiven.

The purpose of the "Temptation Island - Survivor" event is to emphasize that all of us can be tempted to sin. From the time we begin to walk and talk we are tempted to sin. Our parents didn't have to teach us to do wrong, because we are sinful from birth. When we are young we might be tempted to steal a cookie or to disobey our parents. However, these sins, though seemingly insignificant, still separate us from Holy God. And as we get older, our sins can destroy our health and relationships with others. The Bible says that Satan is like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Satan wants to defeat God's children and will do whatever it takes to do so. God has given us his Word so we can defend ourselves against Satan's fiery attacks. Today, we will play some fun games and do some special activities to learn what God has to say in his Word about defending ourselves from Satan's attacks. 

Begin the event with prayer. Then play "Survivor Scavenger Hunt".

Survivor Scavenger Hunt

Set Up: Each team will need their own set of eleven colored cards. Print the following lines of the Bible verse from James onto each of the cards. One line per card. (Write them or copy and paste the verse into your word processor. Then print them onto separate cards) Laminate the cards for durability.

* When tempted, no one should say,
* 'God is tempting me.'
* For God cannot be tempted by evil,
* nor does he tempt anyone; 
* but each one is tempted when, 
* by his own evil desire,
* he is dragged away and enticed.
* Then, after desire has conceived,
* it gives birth to sin; 
* and sin, when it is full-grown, 
* gives birth to death." (James 1:13-15)

Establish a large playing area, preferably outside. (The playing area can be set up around the island decoration.) Hide the cards. Divide players into teams of 4-6 players per team. 

How To Play: At the go, have the players hunt for their teams' eleven colored cards. Once they've found all eleven cards, have them arrange the cards into the proper order. After a few minutes of trying to place them into the proper order, give them Bibles to compare and correct the order. The first team to place the verse into the correct order reads the verse out loud.

How To Win: The first team to place the cards into the proper order wins for that round and receives immunity from the first challenge, below. The winning team is allowed to help lead the challenge.

First Challenge

1) Fill in the Bible Blank: Have players stand in a circle. Leader begins by reading a popular Bible verse such as John 3:16. Going around the circle, players take turns filling in the blank for the leader at various points in the verse. For example: "For God so (first player fills in the blank) the world that he (second player fills in the blank) his one and only (third player fills in the blank), that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal (fourth player fills in the blank). If a player cannot say the correct word, he or she is squirted with a water gun and the next player in the circle has the opportunity to say the correct word. Other popular verses to use are: Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23, Romans 5:8, Romans 6:23, and Romans 10:9-10. (You may decide to use other verses that your group has been memorizing)

2) Name That Trait: Players stand in a circle and are given the opportunity to identify a characteristic of a great Bible character by multiple choice answers. If a player answers incorrectly he or she is squirted with a squirt gun and the next player has the opportunity to answer. The correct answer is in red.

A) Noah is best known for: a) Wearing a coat of many colors, b) Building the Ark, c) Leading the Israelites out of Egypt, or d) all of the above. 
B) Marion was the sister of: a) Moses, b) Ruth, c) Daniel, d) she was an only child. 
C) Paul wrote most of the books in the New Testament: a) True, b) False. 
D) Daniel is best known for: a) writing the Psalms, b) surviving in a lion's den, c) building the temple.
E) In the Bible God is sometimes referred to as: a) The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Joshua, b) The God of Isaac, Jacob and Jonah, c) The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
F) Esther was, a) a queen, b) the woman at the well, c) a thief.
G) Adam and Eve's first three named sons were Cain, Abel and, a) Enoch, b) Joseph, c) Seth
H) Solomon is said to be a) one of the wisest men that ever lived, b) a man after God's own heart, c) a cruel King.
I) John the Baptist died by a) being hung on a cross, b) being shot with an arrow, c) having his head cut off.
J) Moses is best known for a) writing the first five books of the Bible, b) leading the Israelites out of Egypt, c) Climbing Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments, d) all of the above.
K) Deborah was a) a Judge, b) the wife of Boaz, c) the daughter of King Lemuel.
L) When King Nebuchadnezzar didn't acknowledge that God gave him his position of power, a) his wife cursed him, b) he went insane and ate grass like a cow, c) he was dethroned.

Snack Time
Make Survivor Trail Mix. Offer various food items such as nuts, raisins, tropical dried fruits, pretzels, and M&M's. Allow campers to mix their own trail mix. Serve with tropical fruit punch.

Bible Discussion Time
Have the teams sit down with their group. Begin the discussion by asking the participants, "What is sin?" (Receive answers) Sin is missing the mark of God's perfection. It is doing, saying, or thinking wrong things. It is disobeying God's laws. 

READ: The Bible says, "For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature . . . The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God" Galatians 5:17-21.

Give each team a Post-It Note pad, pencils, and a Bible. Ask the participants, "What kinds of sins do teens (or people your age) find tempting?" Have teams discuss this with their group, then write their individual responses onto Post-It Notes. Discuss answers with the larger group. (Give Post-It Notes to leader for use use during the "Temptation Island Game," below.)

Have teams open their Bibles and read James 1:13-15. Discuss the following: 

1) How are we tempted? (by our own evil desires)
2) What does it mean to be enticed? (lured, attracted, seduced)
3) What does desire mean? (longing, craving, wishing, coveting)
4) Is it wrong to desire? Why or why not? (it's what we desire that makes a difference. God gives us the desires of our hearts. (See Romans 8:5 and Psalm 37:4)
5) What does desire give birth to? (sin)
6) What does sin give birth to? (death - Romans 6:23)

What does this mean for us? We struggle with evil desires because we are sinners. It is our evil desires that can drag us away from God and into sin. How can we avoid being dragged or lured away?

First, you must be saved. Have you asked Jesus to save you? Without God's Spirit living in you, you will not have the supernatural power necessary to defend yourself against Satan and the evil forces in this world. Once you have asked Jesus into your heart and life, then how can you avoid temptation? Have the participants think of ways to avoid being dragged into sinful situations. (Possible answers: by staying away from circumstances that we find tempting we can avoid being dragged into sin. Such as: if you are tempted to cheat on a test, don't put yourself in a situation where it is possible to cheat. Sexual sins, don't put yourself in a situation that makes this possible such as dating alone. Don't look and listen to such things as TV, Internet, or music, that causes evil desire to be conceived.) 

Tug O' War Game

(The game will be fought over the fake fire pit on Temptation Island. Place a sprinkler at the center of the "fire pit.") 

Point to the fire and say, "If this fire were real and you got too close, you'd get burned. It's the same thing with sin. If you get too close, you get burned. God doesn't tell us to stay away from sin to ruin our fun; he knows that sin hurts us and leads to our destruction. Satan is out to destroy us. God warns us to stay away from sin because he loves us and wants us to avoid its negative consequences. 

The Bible says, "We fight not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" Ephesians 6:12.

We will now play a game of Tug O' War over the "fire pit" to remind us of our struggle with sin and that if we get too close we will get burned. Rather than a fire we will be using a sprinkler. If you get wet, you get "burned."

Second Challenge

Triple Trouble
--What do these three items have in common? 

Write the following Triple Trouble words onto six small poster boards and place them behind the start line. Write the answers to the Triple Trouble words onto Post-It note pads. Make a set for each team. Teams are to find the common bond between the following three groups of words. Players are given the chance to earn their answers by playing the second challenge game. (See below) 

* Razor Blades - Knives - The Bible. (Answer: they are sharp and can cut. The Bible is sharper than any two-edged sword.)
* Rusty Nails - Rotten Fruit - Someone that seldom reads the Bible. (Answer: things that are decaying.)
* Simon Peter - Your Pastor - You. (Answer: people that have been tempted and need forgiveness.)
* Apostles Creed - The Constitution - Gettysburg Address (Answer: important documents not found in the Bible.)
* Beatitudes - Proverbs - Ecclesiastes. (Answer: instructions for living found in the Bible.)
* School - Home - A Friend's House. (Answer: places where we can be tempted.)

Place a Hoola-Hoop for each team at the opposite end of the playing field. First players on each team run in relay fashion to their team's Hoola-Hoop, spin their hoop four times around their waists, then return to their team lines to tag off to the next player in line. Play continues as such until all players have completed the challenge. Each time a player completes the Hoola-Hoop challenge, he or she is given one of the Post-it note answers to the Triple Trouble game. Teams race back to the start line to match up their answers to the Triple-Trouble group of words. Teams continue to play until all the answers are obtained. First team to answer the questions correctly wins. 

Temptation Island Game

Goal: Players will learn that by hiding God's Word in their hearts it will help them to avoid sinning against God. 

Set Up: Establish a large playing area around the island decoration. Place the sins that were written on the Post-it Notes onto the Island at the center of the playing area. You will need a set of Bible Trivia Questions, see below. 

How To Play: Before playing tell the players that their post-it notes with their sins written on them are now on Temptation Island. Players stand at the outer edge of the playing area. Have the players close their eyes and begin asking the Bible Trivia Questions, below. (You will give two possible answers, one correct and one incorrect. The incorrect answers will always move the players toward the island. But don't tell this to the players. The game ends when all the questions have been asked or most of the players have reached or almost reached the island. Don't allow one player to be the focus of losing.) 

Bible Trivia Questions: (Secret for the teacher: the correct answer is in bold red. By having the players close their eyes they are not influenced by the other players.)

1) Who brought the animals to Adam so he could name them? If you think the answer is God, stand still; if you think it is Eve, take one giant leap forward.
2) What is the wages of sin? If you think it is working harder to please God, take a giant leap forward; if you think it is death, stand still. 
3) According to Luke 10:27, we should love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and what else? If you think the answer is with all our best intentions, take a giant leap forward; if you think it is with all our strength, stand still. 
4) Without "______" it is impossible to please God. What is it? If you think it is loving your neighbor as yourself, take a giant leap forward; if you think it is faith, stand still.
5) What does it mean to be saved by grace? If you think the answer is an undeserved favor from God, stand still; if you think it is saying the sinner's prayer to God, take a giant leap forward.
6) When the Holy Spirit first came upon the disciples, what did they do? If you think the answer is dropped on their knees and worshipped God, take a giant leap forward; if you think it is they spoke in other languages, stand still.
7) To go to Heaven we must do what? If you think the answer is do more good things in life than bad things, take a giant leap forward; if you think the answer is trust Jesus, stand still
8) When Peter walked on water why did he begin to sink? If you think the answer is he doubted, stand still; if you think the answer is there was a terrible storm, take a giant leap forward.
9) What place was guarded by an angel with a flaming sword? If you think the answer is the Garden of Eden, stand still; if you think it is Jesus' tomb, take a giant leap forward.
10) Christians are to be known for their what? If you think the answer is by their love, stand still; if you think it is by their good works, take a giant leap forward.
11) Jesus said, I am the Way, the Truth, and what else? If you think the answer is the Light; take a giant leap forward; if you think it is the Life, stand still.
12) What kind of water did Jesus offer the woman at the well? If you think it is living water, stand still; if you think it is clean water, take a giant leap forward.

When you have finished reading the questions, tell the players that the player that is furthest away from the island is the winner. Unfortunately, those players who reached the island or who are closest to it, have lost the game, because it was their incorrect answers that brought them to the island or near it. This game was intended to help you learn that by hiding God's Word in your heart you will keep yourself from sinning. When you know what God's Word says, you will know how to avoid real life temptations.

This is what the Bible says, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you" Psalm 119:11. We must read the Bible so we will know what God expects from us. This is not head-knowledge . . . but heart-knowledge. In other words, we can know something in our minds, but still not obey it - not take it to heart. The Bible says, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life" (Galatians 6:7-8). And, "Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires" (Galatians 5:24).

Optional discussion: What does it mean to "reap what you sow"?

Divide group into three teams and discuss the following verses and answer the questions. After a few minutes have the groups choose a leader to read their verse and to report what they've learned.

1) "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith..." (1Peter 5:8-9) How can we be alert so that we are not devoured by Satan?
2) "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you." (James 4:7-8) Discuss what it means to submit? 
3) "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives." (1 John 1:8-10) This is our only hope. Jesus makes us right before God. What does it mean to confess? Who do we confess our sins to? 

Make a "Survivor 10" Bracelet or Necklace

Survivor Temptation Island Bracelet

Have participants string 10 shells or beads onto leather lace to remind them of God's laws, the Ten Commandments. Tell the participants that God has given us his laws to protect us and to help us survive here on Earth. (Tie a knot before and after each shell or bead as they are strung). As each bead is strung onto the leather lace name the corresponding command: #1 Have no other gods. #2 Don't worship idols. #3 Don't misuse God's name. #4 Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. #5 Honor your father and mother. #6 Don't murder. #7 Don't commit adultery. #8 Don't steal. #9 Don't lie. #10 Don't crave what others have. Tie off the leather lace to fit around the wrist or neck.

Finish with prayer. Suggested prayer: "Dear Jesus, thank you for giving us your Word. Help us to read it everyday and to hide it in our hearts so that we will not sin against you. Help us to follow you and live to please you. Help us not to turn away from you. Help us to remember what we learned here today and apply it to our lives. Thank you for loving us, dying for us, and forgiving us. Amen."

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