Bible Study

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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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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