God's Big Plan
Chronological Bible Storying from Genesis to Revelation. This approach focuses on sharing God’s Word through stories that can be remembered and retold by anyone, no matter their level of literacy. You may find that some part of a particular lesson does not work well for your setting. As we say here at Mission Arlington, “Hang out and hover.” Hang out with your students. Get to know them as well as their strengths and weaknesses and adapt preliminary questions and the review to their setting. And constantly hover around John 3:16. Because of this, you will notice a distinctive difference in our lessons compared to traditional “storying.” Traditional storying builds up to the gospel, never giving details out of chronological order, thus an actual invitation might not be given until the life of Christ is taught. We have learned that we may have only one chance with those who hear us teach. In fact, we received a call years ago from a concerned mother wondering why her daughter had not learned about Jesus that day in Bible Study. The story she had learned about was Moses and had been Biblical, but we realized then the importance of sharing the gospel every time we meet.
Elijah, God’s prophet, confronted the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Elijah prayed for God to reveal Himself and the results make it clear that there is no other god but God and that He alone is worthy of worship. Memory verse: Jeremiah 33:3a.
After Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God in the Garden of Eden, God gave them, and us, a glimpse of His Big Plan – the promise of His Son. During the time of the prophets, God shared more of the detail of that plan. And God isn’t mere human who lies. G
Long ago, God promised a new place to Abraham. He kept His promise when Joshua and the Israelites moved into the Promised Land. God warned the people that staying in this wonderful place depended on their obedience to Him. And even though they vowed to ob
The story of Esther reminds us that God has a big plan. It was His plan to put Esther in the palace to save His people from evil Haman. God wasnt surprised by Haman’s plans. The story of Esther also teaches us that God is approachable. Unlike the king, w
Because of their disobedience, God had raised evil kings to take His people captive. God is now ready to return them to Jerusalem and uses another king to make it happen. The people rebuild God’s temple and then the city walls. Memory verse: Ezra 10:11a
After the last prophet shared God’s message, four hundred years passed without a word. The silence was broken with the angel Gabriel’s announcement to a young virgin named Mary. She was to have a son. He was to be given the name Jesus because He would sav
God communicates with man. God announced to Mary and Joseph that they would have a son, His Son. God spoke to Zechariah, too. God was giving him a son as well. This son would be very important to God. He would be the one shouting in the wilderness, “Prepa
During the time of the Roman Empire when Caesar Augustus was being heralded as the people’s savior, God chose to send the Savior of the world. David’s Forever King had finally arrived! Memory verse: Luke 2:11.
Jesus grew. On a trip to Jerusalem, Jesus parents did know that He had stayed when they left. They searced for three days. And although His parents didn’t completely understand, they found Jesus right where He should have been. The Bible tells us that Jes
Jesus began His ministry in obedience to God. First, He was baptized, not because of sin, but because it was the right thing to do. Then, Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit in to the wilderness to be tempted. And although He was tempted, He didn’t sin. Jesu