To Tell the Truth

Activity Objective

The young people will become more familiar with figures from the Gospels by playing an identification game.

Lesson Outcome

The young people should be able to identify the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.


  • Bibles
  • Paper, pencils


  • Divide the young people into groups of three.
  • Have each group choose one figure from the Gospels. Emphasize that the groups should not reveal which figure they have chosen.
  • Tell the young people that one member of the group will be the real figure and the other two will pretend to be that person.
  • Have one group sit facing the rest of the class.
  • Ask for four volunteers to form a panel. Explain that the members of the panel will direct questions to the group, who may answer only by saying yes or no.
  • After 10 questions, have the panel vote for which group member it thinks is the real figure.
  • Continue the game with the next group and a new panel.

Learning Styles

Logic/Math Smart, People Smart

Approximate Time

30 minutes


Prior to playing the game, review each group's figure to ensure that multiple groups have not chosen the same person.

Be sure to have questions ready for the group game.