"What Would Jesus Do" Activities

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In the 1990s, "What would Jesus do?" became a popular phrase to remind Christians to think about their words and actions. While it is more difficult to find apparel and accessories with this phrase on them now, it is still a good question to ask. If you are planning a Christian gathering, there are many activities you can do to get your group discussing different scenarios and asking "What would Jesus do?"

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Role-playing Activities

Divide your group into teams and have them create scenarios where their gut instinct may be to react in one way but their reaction would be different if they asked "What would Jesus do?" before acting. Have each group stand and act out their scenario for the rest of the group. Once both endings have been given, ask the other groups to discuss which was the reaction Jesus would have given.

Visual Activities

Find pictures of situations where people are sick, in need or acting in a way that is out of line with Christian beliefs. After each picture is shown, discuss how the group would react and then ask how Jesus would react. Assure everyone that there is no judgment and you want everyone to be honest. For one picture, you could show a homeless person on the street. This is something many people would ignore but Jesus would reach out to help. For another scenario, you could show a picture of two people fighting, a kid being bullied or an area that has been destroyed by a natural disaster.

Matching Activities

When you are waiting for all of your group to arrive, give each participant a paper with situations on one side and the way Jesus might react on the other side. Have them match the scenario to the reaction. You can also do this using visual aids and making it a group activity. Use pictures of people in different forms of need and then have items such as clothes, food, a Bible and other things that could represent the ways Jesus helped others.

Real-life Application

Get your group outside to help others rather than talk about how Jesus would help others. While the group may be hesitant to reach out in the beginning, they will begin to feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when they see the good they are doing. To help the hungry, take sandwiches to an area where you know there will be homeless people or volunteer at a food bank. Have the group gather clothing donations or personal items that can be donated to a shelter to signify helping those who are in need.

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