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Crafting Bible Points

Crafting Bible Points

When designing Bible Points we are looking to pull a main idea from the Bible Story that teaches God’s truth in a way that kids can understand, remember, and apply to their life.

Naming Convention

The naming convention we use for our Lesson Plans is the first the letters of the month followed by the week number. For example:

    • FEB W1
    • FEB W2
    • FEB W3
    • FEB W4

Bible Story Team – Bible Point suggestions

The team that writes up the Bible Stories in our AdventureKid-friendly language will often put a suggested Bible Point at the very top. You do not have to use this Bible Point, but you are welcome to. We’ve asked them to put any ideas they had at the top from writing up the story.

Helpful Tips:
  • Clarity – the first goal is to be clear. This is more important than the phrase being cute, clever, or rhyming. Is the Bible Point something that kids will understand.
  • Concise – a short phrase works much better. If it’s too long, it’s harder to remember, and it is difficult to fit on the screen.
  • Practical – is this something that is helpful for the kids to know. Is it something that will help them live different if they know this Bible Truth.
  • Catchy – if possible, rhyming or catchy helps. But again – clarity would trump being catchy.
  • Hero – the Bible Point should point to something that makes God or Jesus the hero.
  • Positive – we always try frame the Bible Point in a positive manner or inviting way, and not a forceful or guilt-leading way

 

What Bible Points are Not:
  • Behavior focused – we are not trying to make kids better behaved. Our goal is to get the gospel into kids and help them learn about God. We believe a result of that will be changed behavior, but behavior is not our goal. So for example, “We should never Lie” would be a poor Bible Point. A good version would be, “God helps us love others by telling the truth”. It’s a subtle difference, but the first option is behavior focused, the second option is good news about God and how he can help us.
  • Always Unique – it’s okay to repeat concepts. We try to have different wording, but kids need to be reminded of concepts. It’s okay to repeat concepts, but do try to come up with slightly different wording. Example: “God sees the best in us” and “God sees greatness in you even when others don’t” were both lessons we taught about purpose and calling.

 

Past Examples:
  • When you trust and obey, Jesus shows the way
  • Jesus gives us grace to forgive others
  • God helps us overcome fear
  • Jesus is the true lamb of God
  • God can save us from a stubborn heart
  • The Holy Spirit is our Helper
  • God watches over us and keeps us safe
  • Jesus helps us forgive others
  • God is with you wherever you go
  • God chooses people who need him
  • God helps guide us when we pray
  • I can be a part of God’s plan
  • God always keeps his promises
  • When we disobey, Jesus brings us back to God
  • God made you special and unique
  • Jesus is the way to heaven
  • God makes the impossible possible
  • God has a rescue plan
  • Jesus always has time for children
  • It’s not about rules. It’s about grace.
  • Jesus is coming back to make all things new!
  • You can be God’s helper too!
  • God’s love transforms our heart
  • God sees greatness in you even when others don’t
  • Jesus has power over sickness and death
  • God freely and joyfully forgives
  • Jesus looks at our heart
  • God can turn our little into something big
  • Jesus makes his home in you
  • Tell everyone the happy news
  • Serving is loving
  • Jesus is alive!
  • Jesus died for you and me
  • God sees the best in us
  • God has a plan to love you forever
  • Rules help us, but Jesus saves us
  • God’s rules make life better
  •  I can worship God without any words
  • Everything God makes is good
  • God is always on time
  • Jesus vs Our fears

 

Other Helpful Info:
  • Pascal Can Help – It’s difficult to get the perfect Bible Point, but Pascal can help. In the Pascal script, Pascal doesn’t understand the concept from the Bible Point in the intro, or gets it completely wrong. He then watches the Bible Story and understands the concept, and shares what he learned at the end. So if you have ideas for Pascal, that can be helpful to bring understanding to the Bible Point as well as help with ideas for the Pascal script

 

How to Develop Your Bible Point:
  1. Read the Bible Story
    1. make a list of the main ideas the passage is teaching
    2. choose the best idea that is relevant for kids
  2. Rewrite the main idea as clear and short as possible (don’t worry about sounding clever or rhyming yet)
  3. Explore using different words to see if it can be clever/memorable without losing clarity or being concise

 

Final Examples:

“Jesus is a treasure worth giving everything up for.” – this is okay, but it implies something legalistic.
“Jesus is a treasure worth more than anything else we have” – this is much better. It doesn’t convey a legalistic approach

“You shouldn’t be afraid because God’s not afraid.” – this could use some work – it can make kids feel guilty.
“God is not afraid of the things I’m afraid of” – this is much better. Puts the focus on God. Doesn’t make you feel guilty.

“You should talk to God every day” – this is okay. But I try to avoid words like should or must.
“Prayer is like talking to a friend.” – this is much better. It’s invitation oriented and simplifies it for kids. No guilt implied.

 

Feel free to give multiple options
  • It’s helpful if you have multiple ideas to share several of your best ideas. Sometimes other Bible point ideas will help us craft our Pascal Script.
  • We may not use your Bible Point. Sometimes your Bible Point may spark an idea for a different point that will work better for Pascal to illustrate. Even if we don’t use your Bible Point or it’s a minor tweak – it is still very helpful for you to share ideas.

 

 

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