Over the past two years, the team at desiringGod.org has published a series of ebooks made available to their readers free of charge. Check out the list here and download a few (or all of them!) to enjoy!
Adventure Island is the setting for the Epic Explorers course, the brand new resource exploring who Jesus is and what he came to do. Here's a whislte stop tour around the island...
Arriving at Breathtaking Bay (Mark 1:1, 16-34) children will...
- Know that Jesus has authority over everything
- Understand that Jesus is God’s Son
At Discovery Dens (Mark 2:1-17) children will…
- Know that we don’t treat God as we should, and that our biggest problem is our sin
- Understand that only Jesus has power to forgive sin and can rescue us
While at the Mysterious Mountains (Mark 15) children will…
- Know that Jesus’ death was planned. He took the punishment we deserve for our sin
- Understand that, through Jesus’ death, there’s now a way for us to be forgiven friends with God
Climbing Crown Cave (Mark 16:1-8) children will…
- Know that Jesus really did die and rise again
- Understand that, because Jesus has beaten death, we can know life in him
When travelling along Rocky Road (Mark 8:27-35) children will…
- Know that Jesus is God’s Son and came to rescue us
- Understand that following Jesus means putting him first, even when it’s tough
Why not head over to the Epic Explorers page for a host of resources and free downloads!
This week on The Good Book Blog we’ve been looking at the new Christianity Explored resource for children, Epic Explorers. So this week’s round-up has a focus on youth and children’s work:
1. St. Helen’s Training: Children’s Work (Parts 1 & 2)
Two new training videos on children’s work from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate.
2. Children Desiring God
In case you haven’t seen it before, a website with ‘God-centred resources for training the next generation’.
3. Youth and Children’s Work Short Course
An introductory course from The Good Book College.
4. The Good Book Company: Audio Resources
Main session and seminar recordings from Growing Young Disciples and the Bible-Centred Youthworker conferences.
5. How to Teach Children and Youth the Gospel Story
A video on youth and children’s work from The Gospel Coalition.
Found something that you think should make it on to the On to a Good Thing round-up? Send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mel Lacy, Director of the Theology for Youth & Children's Ministry at Oak Hill College, recently interviewed Tamar Pollard at the Bible Centred Youthworker Conference about Epic Explorers
If you like Christianity Explored, you'll love Epic Explorers...
"I'm so thrilled with this latest addition to the Christianity Explored family. Like every edition of Christianity Explored, Epic Explorers is built on the foundation of discovering the identity, mission and call of Jesus in Mark's Gospel. And it does so in a way that is uniquely fun, engaging and, most of all, faithful for children from the ages of 4 right up to 11." Rico Tice, Associate Minister at All Souls, Langham Place.
Completing the family of Christianity Explored resources, Epic Explorers is ideal for holiday clubs, and the five flexible and self contained sessions are also suitable for after-school clubs, sunday schools, or as an opportunity for children to invite friends to their church group.
The Leaders Guide is jam-packed with everything needed to run Epic Explorers in a variety of settings, enabling you to lead a fun, creative and memorable adventure through Mark's Gospel.
"Epic Explorers is brilliant. It's for seasoned pros and first-time leaders, for unchurched children and those from Christian homes. It makes the adventure of exploring the life of Jesus look and feel as exciting as it should." Alison Mitchell, commissioning editor at The Good Book Company.
There are many views on how to obtain blessing in life. Some seek it from God through working hard for Him, making sacrifices to Him. Others seek it apart from Him, through money or career or something else.
In these verses, Peter explains definitively how it is done!
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1 v 2-4
- What blessings has God granted Christians (v 3)?
- How do we get them (v 3)?
- How are these blessings described in verse 4?
This doesn’t mean that we become part of God, but that we inherit His holy character, becoming like Him. We no longer have to put up with corrupt behaviour (v 4) because we have new desires.
- What does God most want for us today?
- How does this affect how you look at the day ahead?
On Monday we looked at Psalm 32 and the blessings that come from confessing our sin to God. This morning we look at the second half of this Psalm:
6 Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
will not reach them.
7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the Lord’s unfailing love
surrounds the one who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart! Psalm 32:6-11
- How can our experience of sin, confession and forgiveness bless others (v8-9)?
- What kind of person does God love (v10)?
The person God loves isn't sinless; but they are sin-free. God covers our sin and removes our guilt when we confess and trust in him to forgive.
- What is the emotional sign, and the outward sign,
of someone who has had their guilt removed by God (v11)?
Spend some time in prayer now. Rejoice!
Thank God for Jesus, who had our sins counted against him so that we need not have them counted against us!
- Who could you encourage to pray in confession and trust?
In the lead up to Easter, we're promoting our graphic-novel-style book The Third Day. Today we're giving away some free desktop wallpaper to excite you about Easter and, of course our book.
Here's the wallpaper and it's available for your desktop, laptop, tablet and even mobile phone. Enjoy!
How to change your wallpaper: The wallpaper you need will vary , depending on your monitor size, screen resolution and a few other considerations. You can click here to see what your resolution is. Generally you set one of these are your wallpaper by clicking on the link to download the image, then right-clicking on the image (once it’s open) and selecting “Set as Background,” “Set as Desktop Background,” or something similar.