If you would like ideas for activities and extensions for your Bible Readings, this Bible Reading Challenge is for you! Below you will find a challenge sheet filled with a variety of activities. Some activities may be particularly suited for children and families, while others may be suited for adults and teens – there is something for everyone. Each activity collects a certain number of points with a goal of 1000 points.
One of the best parts of a challenge is doing it together. Share your thoughts, favourite verses, quotes, reviews, photos, artwork, etc. in “Sisters Bible Study” on Facebook or “readthebiblechallenge” on Instagram with the hashtag #genesistojob and #2020readthebiblechallenge!
To see all of the challenges go to: www.magnifyhimtogether.com/bible-reading-challenge.
Badgebook and Badges
Print out the Badgebook (print front and back), Badgebook Cover, and badges (Avery 22866 Badge Stickers 2 Sam to Job Black and White or Avery 22856 Badge Stickers 2 Sam to Job Color). You can also order the Badges as magnets at Christadelphian Book Supply (see: www.magnifyhimtogether.com/2020/07/01/books-of-the-bible-magnets-genesis-through-ezra/).
1 Kings Challenge Sheet
1 Kings Challenge Sheet PDF – see below for details for each of the activities.
Details for the Challenge Sheet Activities
Using the Bible Reading Companion, read every chapter of 1 Kings. You can download the digital photo of the reading list (save it on your phone and use your photo editing to check off the boxes you have read), or print the less colorful version.
Use a notebook or a Bible Reading Journal to take notes while you read. You can download a page of suggestions (Bible Journal suggestions) to paste in your notebook if you wish. Share your thoughts or favourite verses. This is the link for the 1 Samuel to Job Bible Reading Journal.
Choose a verse from the 1 Kings that exhorts or encourages you during your bible readings.
Share it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1393428964180459
Circle the word “walk” or “walked” while you are reading. While we may not always be aware of it, we are always in a sense moving in one direction or another. We want to be walking in God’s ways.
BOOK (or LITERATURE)
Read one of the following books:
Solomon-Wise and Foolish by Tecwyn Morgan www.thechristadelphian.com/solomon-wise-and-foolish-e-book/
Nation in Ruins by Jason Hensley www.amazon.ca/Nation-Ruins-Jason-Hensley
Solomon’s Temple: its history and structure by W. Shaw Caldecott babel.hathitrust.org
Share a quotation or a review on social media.
Worship of Baal became a big problem for both Israel and Judah. Do some research on what historians/archeologists have discovered about this god. Why do you think the people of Israel and Judah would choose to worship Baal instead of the true and living God?
Map of divided kingdom of Israel and Judah: www.bible.ca/maps/maps-divided-kingdom.jpg
Make bread with flour and oil (1 Kings 17): Widow of Zarapheth bread recipe.
Sometimes a question to find the answer to can be helpful to keep little ones engaged. Aquila N. Priscilla has done an excellent job preparing lots of questions to ask before or after reading – you can find their book for purchase here: Know Questions: Genesis to Job. Alternatively complete this crossword on the Kings of 1 Kings.
Listen to “Elijah” by Stephen Whitehouse (search for it on christadelphianbibletalks.com). Share a thought or review on social media using #genesistojob
Learn these five verses by heart: 1 Kings 2:3, 1 Kings 4:25, 1 Kings 12:15, 1 Kings 17:16, 1 Kings 18:39. You can print out thebookmark PDF of these three verses to help you memorize them. You can also color them, use them as bookmarks, or use them as a template to journal into your Bible margin.
“Wisdom” is a theme word associated with Solomon. Spend some time researching this word. This link explains how to do a word study including a template that may help: https://www.magnifyhimtogether.com/2019/05/15/how-to-do-a-bible-word-study-template-included/. Share what you learn!
There are several times in the Bible where God sends fire down to the earth. How many can you think of? Although fire can be very dangerous, it can also be extremely useful. Find a book on fire at your local library. What is fire? Why does it create heat? Maybe you can find somewhere to have a little bonfire, and roast some marshmallows. While you watch the flames dance you can think about how God sent fire down to burn up Elijah’s sacrifice, as well as the altar and all the water that had been poured around it showing that He was the true God.
Spending time with a hymn related to the Bible passage that you are reading can enrich what you are reading. You can approach a hymn study in many ways. This month’s hymn is 275 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed.
Option 1) If you don’t know the hymn already, you can learn to play and sing it. This website provides piano music for each of the hymns that you can sing along with.
Option 2) Sing it daily for a week.
Option 3) Write out the hymn (you can use this template!), and write Bible passages that relate to the different lines from the hymns along the side (you can also mark this right into your hymnbook to make the hymn more meaningful the next time you sing it).
Make fired alcohol art: www.itsalwaysautumn.com/fired-ink-art-easy-craft-for-kids-adults.html. Write a favourite verse on the finished piece with a black sharpie.
Share your project on social media #genesistojob
The record of the Kings of Israel and Judah shows us the influence just one man can have on a whole nation. Jeroboam set the tone for the kings of Israel and those who succeeded him walked in his ways and this led to disaster. The heart is mentioned often in 1 Kings: it can be turned to God or turned away from Him, as Solomon’s many wives managed to do to Solomon’s heart. How does this happen?
“Hardening is recognized by a diminishing capacity to sorrow over iniquity…The deceit of sin is that it makes plausible that which ought to be repudiated and condemned. Slowly the conscience is dulled. The voice is silenced. The tears are dried up. The spirit is enslaved… Another symptom is the loss of pity. The weak and the lame provoke no sympathy. The world’s woes incite no tears. Those who weep are despised. Faithful words are met with an incredulous smile. Compassion for the ignorant is soon exhausted. The Gospel is not proclaimed; the living water is left untapped. Thirsty souls are unrelieved. Hardening enables a man to be like this without a blush of shame, without a blanch of fear.
The peril is subtle. It may not have in it any sin which the world counts vulgar, but it leads at last to unbelief. Nearly always it begins ever so slightly with the first cooling of the passion for the Truth, the willingness to accept something lower than the highest, to settle for what is not the ideal. So a man who once was clear sighted is deceived. As the hardening process develops, the Bible gets dusty, fellowship is intermittent and private prayers cease. To lose conscience and compassion is to lose two of God’s greatest gifts. When the heart is hard, occasions for offence come easily.
Hardening is not incurable… Get to the open window and renew the lines of communication. God is found when He is sought in prayer.”
He Healeth all thy Diseases – Dennis Gillett
Thank you to all the contributors for this Bible Reading Challenge: Julie S, Bailey M, Karen P, Sharon K, Susanna L!!!
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