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For the fortieth time, your elbows collapse into your desk with a blunt thud that prompts a bone-deep sigh. You have poured over your upcoming session’s Bible passage and you know the hearts of the people you are leading. You have kept late nights studying the nuanced intricacies of the original context of the Scriptures, but there is one piece you know is missing. Having wrapped up sessions in the past with that painful longing in your gut, you resolve not to finish this weekend’s session without being sure you have clearly illustrated what Scripture teaches.
You have seen it before; the lightning strike of clarity when someone instantly grasps Scripture’s intent. They understood the words themselves, but there had not yet been a bridge to connect their modern minds to ancient Scripture’s original intent. It was a testimony involving the passage. It was a personal story of how this passage wrecked you. It was a hands-on tactile teaching technique, or a vivid object lesson. You know that moment of clarity when you see it take place behind the eyes of your beloved group’s members.
Often, it is a verbal illustration that helps someone understand both what a given passage of the Bible meant when it was written and understand what it means today. We want to equip you to see more of those moments in your Bible group. So, the Explore the Bible team has worked together to give you this tremendous and completely free resource. It is an enormous eBook that will long serve as a reference and source of encouragement for leaders of Kids, Students, and Adults. Each age level section opens with a brief chapter on methods we as a team use to produce illustrations and activities for Explore the Bible. Then, we have provided over 250 Scripture-specific examples of how we illustrated that Bible passage for each age level.
Please, feel free to use this resource as your own. Our prayer is that God would use it to equip leaders, so be the answer to our prayers! If this content, drawn directly from Explore the Bible, is a blessing to your and your ministry, then Explore the Bible is a good fit for your ministry. Sign-up below to receive this free eBook along with a free preview of Explore the Bible for each age level.
In Jesus’ name, may those who join your group grasp Scripture in its original context and live it out in their own contexts. Thank you for your faithful service to God.