Stepping into Bible stories

This exercise encourages your family to ‘step into’ a Bible story to hear what God is saying to them through the words. Teach your child to visualise the story in their imagination as they meet with and catch from God.

Ask your child to choose a Bible story. Invite the child to find Jesus in the story, approach him, talk to him, touch him and listen to him.  As you read the story together discuss: “Where is he, what is he doing, what is he saying?” “I wonder what Jesus wants to say to you through this story?” Try the example below: 

Stepping into Bible stories: Jesus calms a storm

Text from Mark 4:35-41 (The Passion Translation)

Later that day, after it grew dark, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” After they had sent the crowd away, they pushed off from shore with him, as he had been teaching from the boat, and there were other boats that sailed with them. 

  • Can you see the boat? What does it look like? What does the sea look like? Can you see Jesus?

Suddenly, as they were crossing the lake, a ferocious storm arose, with violent winds and waves that were crashing into the boat until it was all but swamped.

  • Tell me about the storm. What are the disciples doing? How are they feeling? What would you do if you were there?

But Jesus was calmly sleeping in the stern, resting on a cushion.  So they shook him awake, saying, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are all about to die!” Fully awake, he rebuked the storm and shouted to the sea, “Hush! Calm down! Peace, be still!” All at once the wind stopped howling and the water became perfectly calm.

  • What was Jesus like? What was it like to see the storm calmed? How did the disciples react? How did you react?

Then he turned to his disciples and said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Haven’t you learned to trust yet? But they were overwhelmed with fear and awe and said to one another, “Who is this man who has such authority that even the wind and waves obey him?”

  • I wonder what Jesus wants to say to you through this story?

Reflect on these thoughts together. Encourage your child to chat more with God about what he said to them through the story. Encourage them to catch from God by asking him a question. 

I wonder how asking what God is saying to them through the story will enable your child to ‘catch’ from God?