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Exploring the Bible

In 2021, St Paul’s Kids will be following along with the book ‘Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids’ by David Murray. Each week there will be a memory verse and a summary video to accompany the week’s reading.

Expedition 40 | The Brightest Morning
Monday 11 October 2021

Snapshot verse

Matthew 28:19

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”

 

Summary

The King is dead. Long live the King! Although the past expedition was shrouded in darkness as Jesus was crucified, in this expedition we’ll see the sun rise again and shine more brightly than ever.

Expedition 39 | The Darkest Death
Monday 4 October 2021

Snapshot verse

Luke 23:42

Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you begin ruling as king!”

 

Summary

The scene darkens even further as Jesus’ trial is followed by his torture and murder on a cross.

Expedition 38 | The Darkest Trial
Monday 27 September 2021

Snapshot verse

1 Peter 2:23

People insulted Jesus Christ, but he did not insult them in return. Jesus suffered, but he did not threaten. He let God, the Judge, take care of him.

 

Summary

Jesus was tried in a Jewish court, a royal court, and a Roman court. All three courts were unfair and unjust in condemning Jesus without any good reason.

Expedition 37 | The Darkest Night
Monday 20 September 2021

Snapshot verse

Matthew 26:28

This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out so that many people will have their sins forgiven.

 

Summary

We’re about to embark on the darkest part of our journey. We’re going to walk alongside Jesus as he walks a path of suffering and death. After many years of teaching and healing, Jesus will be condemned to death. The light of the world will be put out by the darkness of the world. But don’t fear: there is a happy ending to this saddest of stories.

Expedition 36 | A Shepherd, A Servant, A Vinedresser, and a Builder
Monday 13 September 2021

Snapshot verse

John 14:6

Jesus said “I am the way the truth and the life. Without me, no one can go to the Father.”

 

Summary

Jesus loved to teach using pictures. This week we’ll explore four pictures he used to describe himself: a shepherd to guide us, a servant to care for us, a builder to prepare a home for us, and a vine that makes us fruitful.

Expedition 35 | Lost and Found
Monday 6 September 2021

Snapshot verse

Luke 15:10

“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who turns back to God.”

 

Summary

If we were to follow the Bible perfectly, we would never go astray and get lost. But when we disobey or forget the Bible and end up lost, what then? Is there any hope for us? Can we ever get back on track? To find out, we’re going to explore three of Jesus’ parables. Parables are earthly stories with heavenly meanings. The three parables in this week’s expedition will take us to a mountainside, a house, and a pigpen in a faraway country. 

Expedition 34 | Wonders of the World
Monday 30 August 2021

Snapshot verse

Mark 2:5

When Jesus had seen their faith, He said to the paralysed man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.”

Summary

Just as ancient explorers discovered the seven Wonders of the World, this week’s expedition will discover some of Jesus’ wonders. We will see people wowed by his wonderful healings, and then the disciples wowed by his wonderful glory.

Expedition 33 | Water in the Desert
Monday 23 August 2021

Snapshot verse

John 4:14

But no one who drinks the water I give will ever be thirsty again. The water I give is like a flowing fountain that gives eternal life.

Summary

In our last expedition we listened to Jesus talking to Nicodemus, a very religious man. In this expedition, we’re going to travel to a well in a desert to listen to his conversation with a Samaritan woman, a very sinful woman.

Expedition 32 | A night time visitor
Monday 16 August 2021

Snapshot verse

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but will have eternal life.

Summary

We learn so much about Jesus from his sermons and his miracles. But we also learn a lot from listening to his conversations with others who needed to hear the gospel. This week we listen in on a conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus, an important religious leader. He visited Jesus in the middle of the night because he was afraid to be seen talking to Jesus.

Expedition 31 | A sad wedding and a dirty Temple
Monday 9 August 2021

Snapshot verse

John 2:16

He told those who were selling doves, “Get these things out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”

Summary

We’ve just heard Jesus’ first sermon. Now let’s see Jesus’ first miracle, followed by his cleansing of the temple. Then we’ll skip ahead to the book of 1 Peter to see what he teaches about the temple.

Want to revisit past expeditions? Expedition 21-30 travels from Ecclesiastes to the Sermon on the Mount.

Want to revisit past expeditions? Expedition 11-20 travels from Israel’s first King to King Solomon.

Want to revisit past expeditions? Expedition 1-10 travels from creation to entering the Promised Land.