John Bible Reading Challenge



Use this challenge sheet filled with a variety of activities and Bible reading extensions.  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.  (Activity details are below.)

One of the best parts of a challenge is doing it together.  Find another family to do it with, or involve your Sunday School or CYC.  You can also share your thoughts, favourite verses, quotes, reviews, etc in “Sisters Bible Study” on Facebook or “readthebiblechallenge” on Instagram with the hashtag #matthewtorevelation and #2022readthebiblechallenge!

Read - 400 Points

Read all the chapters of John for 400 points!  Print off one of these templates can help track your reading.

Bible Journal - 500 Points

Use a notebook or a Bible Reading Journal to take notes while you read.  You can order this one on Amazon or use your own notebook.  You can also download and print this set of Bible Journal suggestion pages to paste in your notebook, if you wish.  Share your thoughts or favourite verses.

Bible Marking - 100 Points

As you read through John, use coloured pencils to colour all the ways Jesus personifies himself.  You should be able to find seven.

Bible Art - 500 Points

Find a verse that encourages or exhorts you and draw pictures to illustrate them and put them where you can see them.  Share your creations here:

Literature - 200 Points

Read through one of the following books and share a quote or two.

The Forerunner – John the Baptist by Mark Allfree 

Messiah and his ministry: Journey to Jerusalem (part 2) by Andrew E. Walker

A Time to Hear by S.J. Knight

A Time to See by S.J. Knight

Nazareth Revisited by Robert Roberts

A Life of Jesus by Melva Purkis

Peter, Fisher of Men by Alfred Norris

Looking Unto Jesus by Jonathan Cope

Media - 300 Points

Listen and write a summary!

Search for this talk on Christadelphian Bible Talks and Exhortations: Parables of the Gospel of John by Jason Hensley. Write a short review to share what you learn.

Memory Verse - 250 Points

Learn these verses by heart: John 1:29 & John 17:3.  You can print out the above bookmarks to help you memorize them.  (You can also colour them, or use them as a template to journal into your Bible margin.)

12 Disciples Worksheet - 100 points

Use this worksheet to list and color the twelve disciples.

Language - 150 Points

Do a word study on the word “Word” (John 1).  You can use the above Word Study template.  Share what you learn!

Hymn Study - 100 Points

Learn to play and sing hymn 225 – “Bread of Heaven”.  This website provides piano music for each of the hymns that you can sing along with.

Write out the hymn (using the above template), and list Bible passages that relate to the different lines from the hymns along the side.


Overview Study - 100 Points

Use this template to do an overview study of the book of John.

Lapbook - 250 Points

Use this Lapbook for studying John 1-5 with children: .

Marking - 500 Points

Use these Bible marking notes to mark John 17-21: Magnify Him Together: Bible Marking Notes

Journey - 100 Points

Food Craft - 100 Points

Pick a food craft from our food craft video library related to the gospel of John: Magnify Him Together – Video Library.

Geography - 100 Points

Print and use this map to follow Christ’s journeys in John!

The Heart - 150 Points

I feel like it has happened to me many times. Doing my best to be useful, helpful or encouraging, gets judged by other people to have wrong motives, so that even though what I have done has been with a clear conscience, the barrage of criticism still comes.
The same happened to Jesus. He healed a man on the Sabbath day and told him to carry his bed. But people only looked at the part of the event about breaking the Sabbath. They ignored all the other good work he had done in the healing and freeing of a man from his bond on the Sabbath! They judged by appearances instead of making a right judgement based on all the facts. So Jesus told them off. “Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgement.” (John 7 v 24).
We can probably all think of similar things that have happened to us. But if it happens to us all that often, how often do we do it to other people? We don’t see the full story. We often don’t even know half of it before we make our judgements, yet we would have been wrong about Jesus, and other people have got it wrong about us. Let’s stop looking at appearances, pray for guidance and open eyes, and if we have to, make a right and merciful judgement.
Robert Prins (Thinky Things)

Thank you to Julie S, Karen P, Bailey M, Tanya W, Lindsay B for the contributions to this Challenge!

More Resources

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