Bible Stories and Suggested Themes

Creation Through Noah

Creation Story (Days 1-7 combined) God Created the World
Day 1-God Created Light Uniqueness of light
Day 2-God Created Sky & Water Uniqueness of water and sky
Day 3-God Created Land & Plants Uniqueness of land and plants
Day 4-God Created Sun, Moon, & Stars Uniqueness of sun, moon, & stars
Day 5-God Created Birds & Fish Uniqueness of birds and fish
Day 6-God Created Animals & People Uniqueness of animals & people
Day 7-God Rested Care for the environment
The Fall of Man Satan and temptation
Cain and Abel Giving our best to God
Noah Builds an Ark & Loads Animals Follow God’s Instructions
The Flood and God’s Promise God keeps His promises

Tower of Babel through Joseph

The Tower of Babel Pride
God Calls Abram Faith
Abram Gives Lot First Choice Choices and consequences
Abraham’s Three Visitors Trust God
Sodom and Gomorrah Sin
Abraham Prepares to Sacrifice Isaac Giving things up for God (sacrifice)
A Wife for Isaac Marry someone who believes in God
Jacob, Esau, and the Birthright Deception
Jacob Goes to Haran Lessons learned from bad experiences
Joseph Sold By His Brothers Getting along with siblings
Joseph in Egypt Integrity
Joseph Saves His Family Grudges

The Exodus through the Twelve Spies

The Birth of Moses Love and protection within families
The Lord Speaks from a Burning Bush Complaining
Let My People Go! Having a soft heart to please God
The Death of the First Born Obedience- God’s instructions
Crossing the Red Sea God’s power over nature
God Provides Water, Manna and Quail God’s care and provision
The Ten Commandments Be happy by following God’s rules
The Golden Calf Obedience- God’s way not mine
The Tabernacle Generosity
Nadab and Abihu God’s Holiness
Twelve Tribes and Twelve Spies God’s presence gives us courage

Conquering the Land

Moses Does Not Honour God Obedience- Honouring God
The Bronze Snake on a Pole Being content
Balaam and His Donkey Encouraging words
The Death of Moses Moses, man of God
Rahab Helps the Spies Faith despite sinful past
Crossing the Jordan Remembering what God has done
The Fall of Jericho Obedience- Even if we don’t understand
Achan’s Sin Cannot hide sin from God
The Gibeonite Trick Making wise decisions
Conquering the Land & Fighting Giants Elderly people can serve God
Job Suffering

Judges and the Book of Ruth

Deborah the Judge Women can serve God
Gideon and the Fleece When we don’t feel good enough
Gideon and the Midianites God helps us do His will
The Birth of Samson Keeping promises
Samson and Delilah Friendships- good and bad
The Death of Samson Pride
Ruth and Naomi Helping others
Ruth and Boaz Changing family situations
God Answers Hannah’s Prayer Prayer
Samuel- Helper in the Tabernacle Children can serve God
The Lord Speaks to Samuel Listening to God

The United Kingdom

(Saul, David and Solomon)

Saul Becomes Israel’s First King Being like God instead of others
King Saul Disobeys God Do not blame others.
Samuel Anoints David Do not judge by appearances
David and Goliath Trust the Lord
Jonathan Helps David Escape Jealousy
David Shows Mercy to Saul Show mercy to others
David Becomes King Obeying God is better than popularity
David Helps Mephibosheth Be kind
David’s Sin with Bathsheba Helping others be good
King Solomon’s Wisdom Learn to be wise
Solomon Builds the Temple Buildings where people worship God

The Divided Kingdom

(includes some prophets)

God’s Nation Divides Listening to advice
God Takes Care of Elijah God’s provision
Elijah and the Contest at Mt. Carmel God is real
Jehoshaphat and the People Pray God helps when we are afraid
Elijah and the Whirlwind Heaven
Elisha and the Widow’s Oil Compassion to those suffering
Elisha Raises a Boy from the Dead Helping those who preach about God
Naaman is Healed Obedience- even when no one sees
Joash – the Boy Who Became King Children can learn about God
Jonah and the Big Fish Everyone deserves to hear about God
Isaiah Helps King Hezekiah Pray God’s help when people make fun of us
King Hezekiah Prays for Health Praying for the sick

End of Kingdom, Captivity and Return

(includes some prophets)

King Josiah Read the bible regularly.
Jeremiah- Lessons from a Potter God is in control
Jeremiah and the Scroll Repentance
Ezekiel & the Valley of Dry Bones Hope
Daniel and the King’s Food Saying no to things that harm our body
The Fiery Furnace Do the right thing even if others do not
Writing on the Wall Respect God
Daniel and the Lions Good work ethic
Queen Esther Using our blessing to help others
Return to Jerusalem-Temple & Law God keeps His promises
Return to Jerusalem-Rebuilding Walls Do the right thing despite others

Life of Christ (1)

(birth through early ministry-including John the Baptist)

Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus Keeping our word
The Birth of John the Baptist God can do what is impossible
The Birth of Jesus Thank God for the gift of His Son
Wise Men and a Star Giving honour to Jesus.
Boy Jesus Visits the Temple Growing up in a Godly way
John the Baptist Having a soft and repentant heart
Baptism of Jesus Obedience- Making right choices
Jesus Tempted in the Wilderness Temptation and Satan
Naming the 12 Apostles Following Jesus
A Wedding at Cana Miracles of Jesus
Jesus and the Moneychangers Doing right when others disagree
Man Lowered Through the Roof Good friends help us follow God

Life of Christ (2)

(middle ministry)

Healing of the Nobleman’s Son Believe the words of Jesus
Jesus Preaches in Nazareth Encourage those who preach
Healing of the Man by the Pool Jesus cares when we are sad.
The Sermon on the Mount Treat others well
The Sinful Woman Forgiveness
Jesus Calms the Storm Jesus’ power over nature
Healing of a Demon-Possessed Man Jesus is stronger than Satan
Jesus Raises Jairus’ Daughter No problem is too big for Jesus
Feeding of the Five Thousand Jesus power to care for us
Jesus Walks on Water Faith
The Transfiguration God wants us to listen to Jesus
Mary and Martha Listening to Jesus-attending church

Life of Christ (3)

(late ministry through resurrection)

Jesus Heals Ten Lepers Thankfulness
Jesus Blesses the Children Caring for little children
Zacchaeus Meets Jesus Changing to be good
Jesus Raises Lazarus Jesus’ care when we are sad
The Triumphal Entry Praise
The Widow’s Mite (craft only, not a full lesson)
The Last Supper God’s care through the ages
Night of Betrayal and Prayer Praying for courage
The Trial of Jesus Being blamed for things you do not do
Jesus is Crucified Jesus was innocent but he was killed
Burial and the Resurrection God makes bad things good
Breakfast on the Shore Forgiveness

Parables and Teachings of Jesus

Parable of the Wise & Foolish Builders Obedience-God’s word
Parable of a Sower and the Seeds Having a good heart
Parable of a Good Samaritan Helping those in need
Parable of a Mustard Seed Doing our small part
Parables of a Treasure & a Pearl The value of God
Parable of Ten Bridesmaids Jesus will return & take us to heaven
Parable of a Lost Sheep Each individual is important to God
Parable of an Unforgiving Servant Forgiveness
Parable of a Prodigal Son Repentance
Parable of a Pharisee & Tax Collector Humility
Jesus Teaches about Salt and Light Do not be ashamed of our faith

Book of Acts (1)

(the Gospel spreads to the Jews)

Great Commission & Ascension of Jesus Tell others about Jesus
Sermon at Pentecost How the church began
The First Church The church is people and not a building
Peter & John Heal a Man Who Could Not Walk Helping the physically challenged
Ananias and Sapphira Lying
The First Deacons Church leaders
The Stoning of Stephen Standing up for right
Simon the Sorcerer Miracles
Philip Teaches the Man from Ethiopia How leaders help us understand God
Saul (Paul) Becomes a Christian Admitting wrong & changing your life
Dorcas is Raised from the Dead Helping those in need

Book of Acts (2)

(the Gospel spreads to the Gentiles)

Cornelius Becomes a Christian God wants all to become Christians
The Antioch Church Encouragement
Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison The church prays together

Book of Acts (3)

(Paul Spreads the Gospel and Plants Churches in Asia and Greece)

Paul’s 1st Journey- Lystra Dangers of following the crowd
Paul’s 2nd Journey-Macedonian Vision Missionaries
Lydia Becomes a Christian Baptism
A Jailer Becomes a Christian Rejoicing despite our circumstances
The Noble Bereans Studying the Scriptures
Paul Preaches in Athens-Mars Hill Idols
Priscilla and Aquila Teaching about Jesus no matter our job
Paul 3rd Missionary Journey- Ephesus God is stronger than sorcery
Eutychus Falls from a Window Listening during church assembly

Book of Acts (4)

(Paul Spreads the Gospel from Jerusalem to Rome while he is a prisoner)

Paul Goes to Jerusalem Courage to do what’s right
Paul’s Nephew Uncovers a Plot Young people can serve God
Paul on Trial Telling others about Jesus
Paul’s Shipwreck God will protect and give strength
Paul Writes Letters from Prison Telling about Jesus through literature

Selected Lessons from the Epistles

Timothy Learn about God from a young age
The Christian Armour God helps us fight Satan
Meaning of the Lord’s Supper Remembering Jesus
The Chapter of Love Showing love
Fruit of the Spirit The Holy Spirit helps us obey God

 

43 thoughts on “Bible Stories and Suggested Themes

  1. Would you please consider creating an offline version of this website so that we can share it with people in countries that don’t have much internet? For example I am a missionary in Papua New Guinea. Only 10% of the population has internet. Only 20% live in towns. Internet is too expensive except for expats and the elite. I would have a friend in USA or Australia download the offline version and put it on a harddrive to give to me. We would distribute via our WIFIBible devices and microSD cards. This material would be able to be translated and used in Sunday Schools, kids outreaches, etc.
    If you would like to talk more and about how to create an offline version, please contact me.

  2. Thank you so much for this wonderful website and your hard work. it is now very easy to teach our Sunday school class with kids of various ages. may you be richly blessed

    1. Thank you, Freda. Teaching mixed-aged groups is always a challenge but also a blessing. I always think they mirror families more than schools and that’s a good thing.

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