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Seven Generations  
(Role Play)


20 min

A simple demonstration of how the gospel spread from Jesus through seven generations in the New Testament era.


This is a visual role-play involving people from the group, so you will need 8 people to take part.  The following gives the sequence of people who will participate:

JESUS - Begin by selecting someone to come to the front who will represent Jesus.  Explain that He came to teach, proclaim the Kingdom, heal, and so forth--but that His primary task was raising up the disciples (John 17.4). 

PETER - Select a second person to come and stand next to "Jesus" and that he represents Peter, who was one of the Twelve.  Explain how Peter stepped up boldly to proclaim the gospel on the Day of Pentecost where 3,000 people became believers.

BARNABAS - Select another person to come stand next to "Peter" who will represent Barnabas. This was a man who was probably among the 3,000 at Pentecost.  He went to Antioch to gather believers to form a new church.  He also went away to find Saul and bring him back to Antioch, where they worked together for a year. 

PAUL - Select another person to come stand next to "Barnabas" to represent Saul, who later was called Paul.  Explain how he had become a believer but that the other believers did not trust him, except that Barnabas gave him credibility.  Eventually, the two of them left Antioch on the first missionary journey.

TIMOTHY - Select a person to stand next to "Paul" to represent Timothy.  Explain how Paul found him on the Second Journey and took him under his wing, trained him, and entrusted him to the work at places like Thessalonica and Ephesus.

EPAPHRAS - Select someone to stand next to "Timothy" who will represent Epaphras.  This man, who was from Colosse, was evidently influenced by Paul, but also by Timothy.  Not only did he bring the gospel to Colosse, but he is also known for fervently praying for those people. 

ARCHIPPUS - Select someone to stand next to "Epaphras" to represent Archippus.  Explain how Epaphras likely had a strong influence in this man's life, and how he became known as a "fellow soldier" in the work.  Archippus probably had a strong influence in the life of a woman named Nympha. 

NYMPHA - Select a woman to come to the front to stand next to "Archippus," who will be Nympha. This lady was from the area of Colosse and hosted a church in her house.

After bringing everyone to the front, and having explained this sequence, you can do a quick review.  Then go back to someone in the lineup--Barnabas, for example--and have them step out of line.  Ask what would have happened if Barnabas had chosen not to meet with Paul to encourage him and give him credibility before the other believers.  It will be clear that the rest of the "chain" would not be influenced.

At this point you can ask the probling question, "The gospel has come to you through an unbroken chain. Will the unbroken chain end with you?"

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Alphabetical Listing of Training Elements

  15-Second Testimony
  Acts 2 Study
  Allen, Roland - Strategic Points
  Allen, Roland - Substance of Paul’s Preaching
  Allen, Roland - The Teaching
  Are We Disciples of Jesus Christ
  Balance in the Five-Fold Ministry
  Banyan Trees and Banana Trees
  Big Vision
  Blind Spot
  Breaking the Rules
  Church Identity Triangle
  Coaching Plan
  Coleman, Robert - The Master's Plan
  CPM Continuum
  Creation to Christ Story
  Creative Problem Solving
  Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee
  Disciple-Making and Raising Children
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Believers
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Unbelievers
  Door-to-Door Preparation
  Ee-Taow, Part 1
  Ee-Taow, Part 2
  Eims, Leroy - Biblical Examples
  Eims, Leroy - Early Church
  Eims, Leroy - Two Examples
  Forces of Light and Darkness
  Four Kinds of Disciples
  Four Stages / Four Fields
  Generational Growth Mapping
  Gospel Bridges
  Gospel on the Hand
  Great Commission Partnership
  Hope in a Broken World
  Ibraham, Ishtak - Reaching Muslim People
  Inward & Outward Focus
  Know - Be - Do
  Lockridge, SM - My King
  McGavran, Donald - Pattern of the Great Century
  McGavran, Donald - People Movements
  Multiplication Exercise
  New Life in Christ
  Oikos (Network) Map
  One Anothers
  One Mission
  Parable of the Cornfield
  Patterson, George - Spontaneous Multiplication
  Paul's Development Through 5 Levels of Leadership
  Paul's Discipleship Model
  Paul's Three Journeys
  People List
  Person of Peace
  Quotes & Verses Posters
  Richardson, Don - Concept Fulfillment
  Richardson, Don - Finding the Eye Opener
  Schindler's List—'I Could Have Done More'
  Schwartz, Glenn - Dependency
  Sending Narratives Study
  Seven Generations
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fathering
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fivefold Ministry
  Simson, Wolfgang - House Churches
  Small Group Sizes
  Smith, Steve - The T4T Story
  Stott, John - The Bible in World Evangelization
  Strategy Snapshot
  Testimony (Personal Story)
  The Bold Parts
  The Five-Fold Ministry in the Four Stages
  The Four Fields and the Great Commission
  The Great Commission of Abraham
  The Great Story
  The Left Side of the Graph
  The Lorax—'Plant the Seed'
  The Peter Pathway
  The Romans Road
  The Traffic Light
  The Word on the Street
  Three Circles
  Three Great Commands and AIM Pattern
  THUMB - Religious Groups
  Training Faithful Trainers (TFT)
  Triangle and Square
  Vision-Casting Vignettes
  Witness Model Zone
  Witnessing to Catholics
  Your New Journey


“If we call everything missions, we don't get to those who have never heard.” - Elbert Smith