Bible Study

Elijah and the Prophets of Baal Object Lesson for Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! Bible lessons can be fun and interactive, but still teach important concepts. Use this Elijah and the Prophets of Baal object lesson experience to teach children the power of the One True God. Scripture Focus: 1 Kings 18 Materials: 1 of each red and yellow plastic table cloth Backdrop (a large refrigerator box, or I used a photography backdrop at my church) tape an adult to hide behind the backdrop Children volunteers to help act out the…

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Soul Prospers, 3 John 1:2 – Christian Article

Tweet What does the Apostle John’s prayer of 3 John 1:2 mean, exactly? Simple Phrases There is a very simple phrase that we often read in many places, like in letters or messages from our friends, well wishes on greeting cards, and on posters or wall frames. We see and say it so often that we sometimes forget what it really means. Throughout the Bible, we read verses that start with these words. They are genuine prayers from an apostle…

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Valentine’s Day Gospel Presentation for Children K through 6th Grade – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! Valentine’s Day is a great time to talk about Jesus’ love for our kids. This crayon rubbing activity will help you to present the gospel while sharing about God’s love. “Tonight at Awanas I used the Valentine gospel message off your website. I had 1 little girl go home and tell her mom that she wanted and needed Jesus! Another sister in Christ has been added and I have you to thank! Keep up the good work.”…

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How to Become a Better Bible Teacher – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

I have a Bible Teaching course that I am offering that can help you become a better Bible teacher. The introductory price will be $37 for an individual and $200 for church access. This 3 hour introductory course:* covers the purpose and philosophy behind quality Bible Teaching.* is packed with information that will help you evaluate your calling, faith walk, and leadership skills.* walks you through how to use curriculum, or create your own curriculum, by considering your teaching goals.*…

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The Early Church Object Lesson – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! The tabernacle in the Old Testament was a picture of God dwelling with His people. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit came to dwell within God’s people. Use this Early Church lesson to teach children how the tabernacle was temporary, but that the human temple is the home of the Holy Spirit. Scripture Focus: Acts 2: 1-7, 12-24, 37-39 Materials: Small tent (If you don’t have a tent, use chairs, a large sheet, and clothes pins…

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Religious Holidays: Do Christians Have Authority to Celebrate Holidays – Christian Article

Podcast (crosstalk): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | In today’s Bible study we answer a voicemail question from Rachel about celebrating religious holidays, like Christmas and Easter. Is there a biblical precedent for celebrating these man-made religious holidays? Should Christians be in favor, opposed, or indifferent to the celebrations? And perhaps, most importantly, how do we treat those with whom we disagree? Wes also dealt with this topic in a blog post,…

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Welcome to Year A for the Christian Resistance – Christian Article

A Critical Tool: The Lectionary The Lectionary is a common set of readings for each Sunday, shared by liturgically-minded mainline denominations. The lectionary alongside the liturgical seasons (Advent, Lent, Pentecost, etc) provide a rhythm for life and a source of Christian Biblical teaching. It is divided into three years (A, B, C), starting with Advent and ending on Christ the King Sunday (usually the end of November). So this Sunday is the new year. Happy New Year! Let’s take a…

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Peter, John, and a Lame Man Acts 3 Object Lesson – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! Prayer is how we can communicate with God. But there are times when we ask for something small when God wants to bless us with something greater. Use this object lesson to teach children from Acts 3 about Peter, John, and the lame man. Scripture Focus: Acts 3:1-10 Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; 3 non-seethrough cups (label them 1, 2 and 3); 1 quarter; $1 bill; $20 bill Geography: Israel; Jerusalem Background: On the day of Pentecost,…

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What Does The Bible Say? The Sabbath Year (Shemitah) – End Times Christian Article

What Does The Bible Say? The Sabbath Year (Shemitah)By Jack Kelley The weekly Sabbath is one of the foundations of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible, often called the five books of Moses). The Israelites were commanded to rest from their labors on the seventh day of the week, because in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but He rested on the seventh day. Therefore…

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Solomon Builds the Temple Bible Object Lesson for Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! Where does God live? This is a great question! Use this bible lesson to discuss how Solomon builds the temple so God could dwell with the people of Israel and how the Holy Spirit now dwells with those who choose to follow Jesus. Scripture Focus: 1 Kings 6-8 Materials: Dry Ice (keep in a cooler) Bucket of water Gardening gloves salad tongs An item(s) that is gold plated, or bronze **Funny story – I first wanted to…

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Declare and decree, Decree, Declare, Positive Confession – Christian Article

Tweet Is positive confession or to declare and decree biblical? God Spoke When God speaks, things happen. Even the gospel itself has the power of God in it (Rom 1:16; 1 Cor 1:18), so when God speaks, His Word shall be fulfilled. God says, “so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent…

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Bible in Context: Thoughts on Studying the Bible – Christian Article

Podcast (crosstalk): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | In today’s Bible study we discuss what context means, why context is so important, and how to actually consider the context of a passage when studying the Bible. We also discuss the lens through which every passage of the Bible should be read. We hope you enjoy this Bible study. If you have a passage or topic you would like us to study, please…

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Embezzlement ~ Acts 4-5 {Object Lesson} FutureFlyingSaucers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! Satan is known as the Deceiver. Sin can look good, even beautiful, at times, but it is deceptive. Use images of three deceptive animals to teach this Ananias and Sapphira object lesson. Scripture Focus: Acts 5:1-11 Materials: Geography: Israel; Jerusalem Background: After the day of Pentecost, Peter and John went to the temple to pray around 3:00 in the afternoon. At the same time, a lame man was being carried by some people and placed at his normal…

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How Do We Know That We Have The Author’s Intended Meaning? – End Times Christian Article

How Do We Know That We Have The Author’s Intended Meaning?By Dr. Andy Woods My view regarding how to derive the author’s intended meaning is based upon the theological doctrines of revelation, inspiration, and illumination. These three doctrines each encompass differing facets of the Holy Spirit’s role in communicating the divine message to man. Revelation involves the divine disclosure of truth to a human instrument who records His message. Thus, God as the divine author reveals truth to a human…

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Get Rid of the Sin Object Lesson {Acts 19} – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! This Get Rid of the Sin Object Lesson is based on Acts 19 which took place during the years of Paul’s 3rd missionary journey. Teach children to locate Ephesus on a map, define repentance, and to describe the actions of a heart changed by belief in Jesus. Scripture Focus: Acts 19:11-20 Materials: 4 clear/glass bowls; water-based paint; chocolate syrup, crushed crackers or cereal, clean water Preparation: Put one messy item per bowl. Put enough in each bowl…

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Christian Discipleship: Responding to the Word – Christian Article

By John R. W. Stott The concept of divine revelation, and of our need to submit to it, is both eminently reasonable and practically wholesome. It is reason­able because it acknowledges that the infinite God is altogether beyond his finite creatures, and that we could never have known him if he had not taken the initiative to make himself known. It is also wholesome because submission to God’s self-revelation in Christ and in the full biblical witness to Christ, far…

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What Luther’s Last Words Teach Us about Prayer – Christian Article

After the Reformer Martin Luther died, his friends who came to his room to remove his corpse found a note he had scrawled sometime in his final days: “We are beggars, that is true.” With those scribbled phrases, Luther summed up his own hard-won theological perspective on what it means to be a human being: we are all utterly dependent on divine grace alone. Our supposed merits are insufficient to win us any favor with God.  But Luther’s final sentence…

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Pentecost Object Lesson for Acts 1-2 ~ On Fire for Jesus – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! Who is the Holy Spirit? Why should we care? Use this exciting Pentecost object lesson to teach children about the Holy Spirit and what happened when the disciples began to live a spirit-filled life. Scripture Focus: Acts 1 and 2 Materials: two $10 bills towel lighter 91% rubbing alcohol water salt glass bowl metal tongs fire extinguisher (just in case!) **DISCLAIMER: This should not be done with children sitting close to you and do not get your…

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Why Did God Become Man? – End Times Christian Article

Why Did God Become Man?By Andy Woods The Christmas season is upon us again. Thus, it is fitting to reflect upon the true meaning of this time of the year, which is God’s entrance into our world. Specifically, at this time, we celebrate the Incarnation. Within this word “Incarnation,” we recognize the word carne, which means meat or flesh. (Someone who is carnivorous is a meat eater). Thus, the doctrine of the Incarnation represents the enfleshment of God. Here, God…

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Cain and Abel Bible Object Lesson from Genesis 4 – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! It is important for children to understand that sin spreads and begins at birth. Adam and Eve sinned, therefore their children were in sin. This object lesson about Cain and Abel from Genesis 4 will help children understand their need for a perfect Savior. Scripture Focus: Genesis 4: 1-15 Materials: book with scientific pictures of blood a glass jar water red food coloring Geography: Somewhere outside of the Garden Background: When Eve looked at the fruit, saw…

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Uncover the Keys to Modern Communication in 45 Minutes & Save Big in October’s Sale – Christian Article

Today’s audiences are hungry—but they don’t want the same “food” their parents and grandparents did. Canned stories don’t work anymore. People are longing to be fed with authenticity and personal transformation. Connection is key. But how do you build that connection? Learn effective new strategies to bolster your preaching in just 45 minutes with How to Communicate Effectively to Modern Audiences. In this course from Logos Mobile Ed, Grant Fishbook shares from over 20 years of experience creatively communicating the…

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Sunday School Lessons for Bible Stories for Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

The Pentateuch includes the first 5 books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These books, probably written by Moses, show children how God created the world, the fall of that world, and the beginning of God’s plan to redeem the world back to Himself. Teaching these first Bible events are paramount in creating a strong foundation of Biblical worldview in our children. Click on the links below for lessons that will help you to explain the Promise…

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How to read the Bible – Escape to Reality – Christian Article

The actor Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest and lost. True story. Why did Charlie Chaplin go unrecognized? Surely it was because we see what we expect to see. No one expected the real Charlie Chaplin to show up, so no one saw him when he did. Even so, it was quite an oversight. It’s not like Charlie Chaplin was unknown. At the time, he was the most recognizable person on earth. Along with the other contestants,…

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Last Chance: Save Up to 40% in September’s Monthly Sale – Christian Article

This September, we’ve got a ton of great deals to keep your bookshelf full all season long. From books on biblical studies to Church history, you can save up to 40% in the monthly sale. One notable book on sale this month is Peter G. Bolt’s excellent contribution to the New Studies in Biblical Theology collection, The Cross from a Distance: Atonement in Mark’s Gospel. Enjoy this excerpt—and get it on sale while you can! ___ By Peter G. Bolt,…

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