Bible Stories

Bible Studies for KidsThe Bible story explanation articles listed below are about Bible stories for which Sunday School Zone provides activities. These articles will provide an explanation and interpretation of the story and link to a page where you can access all of the free, printable activities for that story. Bible stories are the primary organizing principle for Sunday School Zone. That is, most of our content and activities are created to provide help for parents and teachers who are teaching these Bible stories to children. At this point, not all Bible stories on Sunday School Zone have these kinds of explanatory and interpretive articles, so the list will be growing. To see a full list of all stories covered on Sunday School Zone (with or without these kinds of articles), click here.

Mary Anointing Jesus' Feet

Mary Anointing Jesus’ Feet

The story of Mary Anointing Jesus’ Feet, found in John 12:1-8, is a familiar and deeply beautiful story of Mary’s devotion to Jesus at a crucial time in His life. John places this event shortly after the raising of Lazarus (John 11) and the day before the Triumphal Entry (12:12). Certainly John intended for this…

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Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus

The story of Zacchaeus, occurring in Luke 19:1-10, is one of the best loved stories in all of the Bible. All of us seem to identify with Zacchaeus in some way. The sheer drama of the story quickly captures our imagination. Luke places the story essentially at the end of Jesus’ ministry, immediately before He…

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Cain and Abel

Cain and Abel

The story of Cain and Abel, recorded in Genesis 4:1-16, reveals that evil is growing and having an impact that goes beyond Adam and Eve both in its reach and also in its intensity. The sin committed by Adam and Eve in the garden may seem small at first, but the story of Cain and…

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God Stopped the Jordan River

God Stopped the Jordan River

The story of how God stopped the Jordan river is found in the third and fourth chapters of Joshua. The Book of Joshua marks a transition from the Pentateuch (the books of Moses or the first five books of the Bible) to a new season of biblical history and a new section of the Bible…

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Adam and Eve Sin

Adam and Eve Sin

The story of the sin of Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:1-24), what we call “The Fall of Adam and Eve,” helps us understand that sin occurs when we doubt God’s goodness. This is important because it helps us understand that sin isn’t merely the violation of a rule or law. Sin is more fundamental than…

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Easter Season

The Easter Season

The period of time leading up to, including, and immediately following Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection is what we’re calling the “Easter season.” It includes more than the resurrection (see below) because the resurrection makes no sense apart from His sacrifice on the cross. The Easter season had always been part of God’s plan of salvation…

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The Resurrection of Jesus

The Resurrection of Jesus

The story of the resurrection of Jesus (Easter) is a crucial aspect of the gospel. The resurrection of Jesus confirmed that He truly is the long-awaited Messiah of the Old Testament, the Son of God. It also means that He is still alive today. Helping children (or anyone) understand the fundamentals of Jesus’ resurrection is…

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Joshua Replaced Moses

Joshua Replaced Moses

Joshua was Moses’ right-hand man. Numbers 11:28 tells us Joshua had been an “assistant to Moses since his youth.” We first read about Joshua when he led the Israelites in battle against the Amalekites after the Exodus, but before they reached Sinai (Exod. 17:8-16). This means Joshua was likely not an old man when God…

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Gabriel Visited Mary

Gabriel Visited Mary

The Gospels of Luke and Matthew are the only two Gospels that tell us anything about Jesus’ birth. Each of these two books give us a unique perspective on the Christmas events and, consequently, both help us understand the important things that took place regarding Jesus’ birth. Each Gospel provides information that’s not included in…

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