In Matthew 3, kids learn that Jesus obeyed God by being baptized. Jesus’ baptism showed that Jesus would take the punishment for our sins. When we’re baptized we’re showing that we have died to sin and now live for Jesus.
Bible Story Summaries and Profiles
Bible story summaries are designed to help teachers or parents of children tell the story in a way that is engaging and appropriate for them. You should always seek to adapt the story as needed to make it appropriate for the kids under your care. Each Bible story summary contains a story title, the Bible text for the story, one or more Bible story truths to help parents or teachers communicate core truths about the story, and a kid-friendly summary of the story. The story summary is also available as a PDF you can get by clicking on the Get Activity button at the bottom of the story summary page. Story profiles are a little different, but are also included in this list.
In Acts 10, we learn about Cornelius. He was a Roman centurion who loved God, but he was a Gentile so he couldn’t worship with or be friends with the Jews. His story will help kids understand that Jesus broke the barriers that separate people and gives everyone access to God.
In Acts 6 & 7, we learn about Stephen and his service in the early church. Stephen was one of the first deacons (servants) and was the first martyr. His story will help kids understand that faith has a cost but the presence of Jesus always gives courage.
In Luke 1, we learn that God promised Zechariah a special son. John was the prophet that prepared the way for Jesus. This story summary will help kids to see that God keeps His promises and that John was born to prepare the way for Jesus.
In 1 Samuel 8-10, we read that the people of Israel demanded a king. This disappointed God, but He told Samuel to pick Saul as king. Saul looked like the king they thought they wanted, but he disappointed them. This story will help kids to see that only God knows what is best for us.
Deuteronomy 8:2-6 recounts the story of God’s people wandering in the wilderness found in Exodus 16 and Numbers 14. This story summary will help children understand God’s tender care and Israel’s struggle to obey. Israel needed a Savior to help them obey.
In Exodus 1, we learn about God’s plan for the Jews in Egypt. The Egyptians made them slaves, and their lives were bitter. This story summary will help kids see God often has a plan in spite of harsh circumstances.
In Genesis 27, we learn that Jacob deceived his father, Isaac, in order to steal Esau’s blessing. In this story, children will learn that everyone in Jacob’s family sinned, but God is still able to redeem their story. Sin will divide a family, but God is able to use people in spite of their sin.
When God rejected Cain’s sacrifice, Cain became angry and killed Abel, his brother. Cain’s sin resulted in separation from God. These Bible activities for children will help kids learn that sin leads to sadness and separation from God.
In Genesis 22, we learn that Abraham trusted God when he was tested. In the story, when Abraham sacrifices Isaac (or was prepared to), children will see the importance of obedience. They will also see God’s provision by learning about Abraham and Isaac.