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.

Jesus’ Temptation Story Summary

This Bible story summary, based on Matthew 4:1-11, will help kids understand the story of Jesus’ temptation, how he was tempted but never sinned, and how we can also overcome temptation.

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Zacchaeus Met Jesus Story Summary

This Bible story summary, based on Luke 19:1-10, will help children see that Jesus loves all people and will make a difference in the lives of those who will trust him. It can be used in a homeschool setting, one-on-one, or in a classroom setting like Sunday School.

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Jesus’ Baptism Story Summary

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.

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Peter and Cornelius Become Friends Story Summary

Cornelius 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 invites everyone into His kingdom.

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Stephen Served and Preached Story Summary

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.

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The Birth of John the Baptist Story Summary

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.

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Israel Rejected God as Their King Story Summary

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.

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God’s People Wandered in the Wilderness Story Summary

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.

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God’s People Enslaved in Egypt Story Summary

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.

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