Kicking off your weekly environment with a game is a great way to help students chill out, get comfortable, and engage with your ministry. Of course, you can’t play the same game every week, which is why student pastors across the country are always on the look out for new games.

If that’s you, you’ve come to the right blog post. This week we’re excited to share a new “how to” video of our Orange Specialists team playing the XP3 High School game, PHONY PROVERB. This game is part of our XP3HS winter season, from the series I’M IN. Here’s how it works…

The object of the game is for two or three students to “guess” at the missing words in a verse from Proverbs. Each student then takes about 30 seconds to convince the audience that they know the missing word in the Proverb that you just read. (If you call up your more outgoing students, they might come up with some pretty hilarious reasoning.) After each student has had a chance to explain why their word is the correct word in the verse, have the audience vote (by applause) for the student that was most convincing. The student that gets the most applause wins the round.

We recommend doing 3-5 rounds (depending on how many students you call up on stage). Here are five Proverbs that make great rounds for this game. At the end of each round, read the correct answer for the Proverb.

Example Proverbs:

  • “The words of a whisperer are like ___(delicious morsels)___; they go down into the inner parts of the body” (Proverbs 18:8 ESV).
  • “Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of ___(gravel)___” (Proverbs 20:17 NIV).
  • “The lazy person claims, ‘There’s a ___(lion)___ out there! If I go outside, I might be killed!’” (Proverbs 22:13 NLT).
  • “Gracious words are a ___(honeycomb)___, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24 NIV).
  • “As ___(vinegar)___ to the teeth and ___(smoke)___ to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them” (Proverbs 10:26 NIV).

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