Number of Players: 2 or more
Age of Players: 6 and above
You will need: A number of questions to ask your contestants.
Preparation: You will need to be good with thinking up your own quick fire questions, or have a selection prepared.
How to Play:
This simple sounding game is actually extremely difficult! One person asks another some quick-fire questions that demand a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer. However, the contestant must not say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ when responding. They must try to find alternative answers, yet they must not repeat any of their answers twice. Each contestant should take turns to be timed using a stopwatch to see how long they can last without saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’. When they answer using one of these two words then they are eliminated from the game. The winner is the player that has lasted the longest without saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
SELF CONTROL and the TONGUE: Did you find it easy to control your tongue in this classic ‘Yes and No’ game? It can be really difficult to control our tongues! The book of James says that it is a very difficult but such an important task! We really need God’s help to control the things we say… each one of us has the ability to bring life or death into a situation with what we say. When we say something encouraging to someone it can make them feel alive, but when we say something cruel, they might feel like they could just die! Let’s ask God to help us have the right words for people and not to let our own feelings control the things we say. James 3:1-12, Proverbs 18:21, Proverbs 25:28, Galatians 5:22-23
RESISTING TEMPTATION: It was so difficult to resist saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ wasn’t it?! Especially when you couldn’t repeat another answer twice! It can be difficult to resist temptation too. Just like you desperately wanted to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ sometimes all we want to do is the thing we know we really shouldn’t do – the thing that is going to cause us harm or damage our relationship with God. We need to call on Jesus to give us strength to help us resist temptation. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to resist those things that are not good for us. Matthew 26:41, 1 Corinthians 10:13, Ephesians 6:11, James 4:7