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 Chronicles Challenge Sheet
1 Chronicles Challenge– 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 Chronicles. 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 colourful version.
|1 Chronicles colour plan
|1 Chronicles printable
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 Chronicles that exhorts or encourages you during your bible readings.
Share it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1393428964180459
This book is not just another recounting of the Kings of Israel and Judah, it is a book that is meant to give the people hope. Notice some of these hopeful phrases while you are reading and highlight them: seeking and finding the LORD, the everlasting covenant, God’s mercy.
BOOK (or LITERATURE)
Read one of the following books:
Family Trees of the Tribes of Israel by Tony Benson
The Songs of Zion by H.D. Bartholomew
Share a quotation or a review on social media.
Keep a box for drama objects. For 1 Chronicles this might include some play armour and weapons to imitate David’s mighty men.
Find out more about archaeological excavations and finds in the city of David. Appian Media has a series on the evidence for the United Kingdom of Israel. Episode 3 is specifically about David: https://youtu.be/NVgF7yAhhL0. Younger ones might enjoy this tour of the city of David: https://youtu.be/ylJgDl4EMEw
Since Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) starts on September 18th this year which is the same day we start reading 1 Chronicles, bake some traditional Honey Apple Cake or Raisin Challah. You could find out more about how Rosh Hashanah is celebrated here: How Is Rosh Hashanah Celebrated? – An Overview of Rosh Hashanah’s Traditions and Customs
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.
Search for either of these series of talks on Christadelphian Bible Talks and Exhortations: House of Asaph by Roger Lewis; David’s Mighty Men and the Secret of their Book by Jay Mayock. Share a thought or review on social media using #genesistojob
Learn these three verses by heart: 1 Chronicles 4:10, 1 Chronicles 16:22, 1 Chronicles 22:5. You can print out the bookmark PDF of these three verses to help you memorize them. You can also colour them, use them as bookmarks, or use them as a template to journal into your Bible margin.
The book of 1 Chronicles tells us about the life of David from a different perspective. It leaves out some of the difficult parts of his life such as his struggles with Saul, the rebellion of his son, and his shocking behaviour with Bathsheba and her husband Uriah. Instead, it paints a positive picture emphasizing God’s grace and forgiveness. Since it was written for people returning from captivity, it traces Israel’s lineage from the beginning of time to the end of the Babylonian captivity to remind them of their heritage and who they were. It concentrates on encouraging the people to rebuild their heritage and it is significant that from this point on, Israel never again worshipped foreign gods.
Do a word study on the word “covenant”. This link explains how to do a word study including a template that may help: How to Do a Bible Word Study – Template Included. Share what you learn!
There are many buildings on the earth today, some have lasted a very, very long time like the Egyptian pyramids. When David was preparing for the building of the Temple, he wanted it to be exceedingly magnificent and set stonecutters to hew out great stones for it. See what you can find out about Jerusalem stone. What kind of stone is it? What is it’s qualities? Why does it make good building material? Maybe you can investigate Solomon’s Quarries.
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 159 O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness.
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).
David really wanted to build a house for God. He spent a lot of time preparing for it so that his son Solomon could build it instead. I wonder if he made a model of what he dreamed it could be. Try your hand at the building. Maybe you could try to make the temple out of cardboard, or maybe gingerbread. Share a photo of your creation on social media using #genesistojob. Share your creations on Instagram with hashtag #genesistojob.
Take to heart some lessons from the life of David: 15 Life-Lessons From King David – Jewish History
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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