Bible Study

Preaching the Gospel ~ Acts 17 Bible Lesson for Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! When people hear the gospel, they can respond in different ways. Use this Acts 17 Bible lesson and discuss how three different cities reacted to Paul’s preaching of the gospel. Scripture Focus: Acts 17 Materials: 3-D solids of a cube and a cone (Use the following patterns to create your own if you need them: CUBE; CONE) Geography: Thessalonica, Berea, Athens Background: Paul is on his Second Missionary Journey with Silas. Paul went to Lystra and invited…

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Acts 14 – The Persistence of Paul Bible Object Lesson – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! How should we handle life when hard situations come our way? Use this fun object lesson to teach events from Acts 14 when Paul and Barnabas endured and persisted to share the gospel. Scripture Focus: Acts 14 Materials: paper towel tube (or 2 toilet paper tubes taped together 1 piece of typing paper 2-3 “heavy” books (not encyclopedias, but do not use thin children’s books) tape **Idea for object lesson based on iFindSermons video. See end of…

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Acts 12 Bible Lesson ~ Peter, Angels, and King Herod – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! How much do you know about angels? Use this Acts 12 Bible lesson about Peter, King Herod, and angels to discuss the purpose of angels and the meaning of selfless fervent prayer. Scripture Focus: Acts 12 Materials: Different angels, or pictures or angels, you might have around the house Geography: Israel; Antioch; Jerusalem; Caesarea; Tyre; Sidon Background: Saul, the great persecutor, had been converted and accepted by the leaders of the new church movement, but gentiles were still…

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Acts 10 Peter and Cornelius Bible Object Lesson for Kids – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! The spread of Christianity threatened the status quo of the day. The events that take place in Acts 10 teach us that not only did Christianity go against the idols and gods of the empire, but it threatened traditions of Jews. Use this Peter and Cornelius bible lesson to teach children how God shows no partiality or favoritism.  Scripture Focus: Acts 10 {Read the scripture in sections, or storytell, as you go through the interactive questions.} Materials:…

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Free Church Library Open Now (Because Discipleship Isn’t Canceled) – Christian Article

Because of COVID-19, you and your church members have had to be online like never before for work, church, and school. With congregations struggling emotionally, financially, and spiritually because of the pandemic, wouldn’t it be wonderful if something else could be online—the church library? Now, it is! Pastors and church leaders, share this free online church library with your members. It gives them instant access to over 700 digital discipleship resources through June 30—no credit card required, no strings attached.…

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation: What Does the Bible Say About Forgiveness? – Christian Article

Podcast (crosstalk): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | On this episode of the Bible Study Podcast, Travis and Wes discuss a listener’s question about the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. Is there a difference? Wes walks through the parable of the Unforgiving Servant, which reminds us that when we have an opportunity to forgive, we are being given the chance to reenact the forgiveness Christ has given us. If you have a…

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Joel Speaks Again, Part 3 – Conclusion – End Times Christian Article

Joel Speaks Again, Part 3 – ConclusionBy Jack Kelley Having experienced an actual plague of locusts in Israel, which he described in chapter one, Joel understood that the Lord was causing him to see it as a vision of the End Times leading up to the Day of the Lord. He began recording His description of this vision in chapter 2 bringing it to its conclusion in chapter 3, which is the topic of this study. “In those days and…

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Ezekiel 37 Dry Bones Object Lesson l FutureFlyingSaucers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! What do dry bones and two sticks have to do with Jesus? Use this Ezekiel 37 Bible Object Lesson to teach children that God is trustworthy and that new life comes through Jesus. Scripture Focus: Ezekiel 37 Materials: poster of a skeleton (even better if you have a Halloween Skeleton with the body parts that move) two sticks, or dowel rods paper to make a flag for Judah and one for Israel (attach one to each stick)…

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Acts 9 Conversion of Saul Object Lesson for Children – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! What happens when a person encounters Jesus? Use this Acts 9 Bible Lesson on the Conversion of Saul to discuss being empty vessels and how we can be instruments for God. Scripture Focus: Acts 9 Materials: Vase or other empty container Volunteers to act out the story event Geography: Israel; Jerusalem; Damascus Background: Persecution of the early church had begun with the death of Stephen. And so the Christians fled from Jerusalem. They went to Judea, Samaria, and to…

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Jesus Dies and Is Buried: Family Easter Bible Study—Week 4 – Christian Article

We’re midway through Easter season, and Christians around the world are remembering Christ’s death, caused by our sin. But we are also celebrating, because Resurrection Day is our God-given promise that we, too, will one day rise. This year on the blog, we’re featuring a five-week family Easter Bible study written especially for families. We’re posting one study a week every Friday leading up to Easter. It’s an excellent opportunity for your family to remember the story the Bible tells…

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Walking with Christ to the Cross, Week 5 – Christian Article

Marketing manager for Bible Gateway. The season of Lent invites us to return to God with our whole heart. It’s a theme that runs throughout Scripture and God’s relationship with his people. Throughout this Bible study, which you can read on your own or in a group setting, you’ll find links to Bible Gateway with notes that open automatically on your screen to the right of the Bible text in the Study sidebar. We recommend that you sign up for…

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How Will All Nations Come against Israel? – End Times Christian Article

How Will All Nations Come against Israel?By Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon Tom: You’re listening to Search the Scriptures Daily, a program in which we encourage everyone who desires to know God’s truth to look to God’s Word for all that is essential for salvation and living one’s life in a way that is pleasing to Him. In this first segment of our program, we’re continuing our discussion of Dave Hunt’s book, When Will Jesus Come? Compelling Evidence for the…

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A Sorcerer and an Ethiopian – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! Can we be sure that we are saved from our sins? Use this Acts 8 Bible lesson about a sorcerer and an Ethiopian to explore the idea of experiencing God and total heart change. Scripture Focus: Acts 8 {This is a lot of scripture. You can either narrate the events or have older children read the scripture sections.} Materials: {Choose 3-4 pairs of products} Vanilla frosting Shortening Milk Buttermilk Sugar Salt Paprika Chili powder Whipped cream Shaving…

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3 Common Questions about Eschatology—Which Are You Curious About? – Christian Article

You can’t turn on the news or scroll through social media without seeing coronavirus updates or jokes about being stuck at home.  With COVID-19’s escalation and social distancing amid this unprecedented situation, that means it’s the perfect time to study the end times. And when it comes to eschatology, one thing’s for sure—there are a lot of questions.  Probe those questions with the Studies in Eschatology: Book and Course Bundle. Its two Bible commentaries, three books on New Testament studies,…

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Jeremiah Bible Illusion Lesson l FutureFlyingSaucers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! The prophet Jeremiah had a strong word from God for the King of Judah. Would he listen? Use an optical illusion to teach children to not just listen to the word of God, but to do what it says. Scripture Focus: Jeremiah 36; James 1:22 Materials: 3 pieces of typing paper 1 piece of construction paper scissors glue {You will be using an optical illusion for the object lesson, so be sure to have it ready before…

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5 Tips for Improving the Way You Study the Bible – Christian Article

When we study the Bible, we often think that means asking a question that begins, “What does the Bible say about…” Then, we proceed to ask a question that might be foreign to Scripture, a question neither the original audience nor the original authors had in their minds. It isn’t that these questions are wrong or should never be asked, but we must learn to take our Bible study beyond asking these types of questions. If you want to become…

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Prepare for Easter: Virtually Travel to Israel Free with Bestselling Author Ray Vander Laan in Bible Gateway Online Bible Study – Christian Article

Archaeological Lessons Offer Clearer Bible Understanding Advances in archaeology science are allowing archaeologists in Israel to continually find ancient mosaics, altars, temples, and villages that corroborate and clarify the stories of the Bible. Using research of top scholars in the fields of archaeology, history, and biblical study, historian and bestselling author Ray Vander Laan has guided more than 10,000 people on in-depth study tours of the Holy Land. His teaching ministry is focused on understanding the Bible keeping in mind…

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Hosea the Prophet Bible Object Lesson l FutureFlyingSaucers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! Hosea means salvation, and this Hosea Bible Object Lesson is perfect to use as a channel to present the gospel to children. This object lesson can easily be used in any context where you want to present the gospel. Scripture Focus: Hosea 1:1-9; 3:1-3 *This scripture uses words such as “harlot” and “prostitute”. If you are teaching younger children, or these words are uncomfortable to use, substitute words such as “an unfaithful wife” or “lived with a…

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Navigating 5 Challenges of Small Group Leadership – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Small groups are great. And then the people show up. It might not become apparent on that first, exciting night. But at some point, you will hit a wall of tensions and challenges that no amount of prayer, training, or biblical study can prepare you for. When you navigate the challenges well, you create a safe place for community and growth. A safe place for struggling marriages. For questioning millennials. For exhausted parents. For the successful business person who is…

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The Stoning of Stephen Bible Object Lesson l FutureFlyingSaucers – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

Sharing is caring! How do you want your life to end? Use this Stoning of Stephen Bible Object Lesson to discuss the race of life and how focusing on Jesus and being filled with the Holy Spirit is how one runs a good race. Scripture Focus: Acts 6-7 Materials: White or chalk board (if you create the chart) Trophy, ribbon, or some other major award Geography: Israel; Jerusalem Background: The Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples in the upper room…

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Saved by Faith: At What Point Are We Saved? – Christian Article

Podcast (crosstalk): Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Welcome back to the Radically Christian Bible Study podcast! In the first Bible study of 2020, Wes and Travis discuss a listener’s question about faith, baptism, and salvation. In part, the listener would like to know how to respond to those who believe a person is saved before baptism. Hope you find this conversation helpful and encouraging. If you have a passage or topic…

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9 Ways to Guard Your Personal Relationship with God – Christian Article

Time and Energy Required Like all healthy and satisfying relationships, our relationship with God needs time and energy. But giving time and energy to our relationship with God actually increases free time and energy because it helps us get a better perspective on life and order our priorities better, it reduces the time we spend on image management, and it removes fear and anxiety. Here are some things that have helped me to keep my personal relationship with God personal…

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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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