as well as many other kinds of ministries.
I grew up going to Sunday school, AWANA, children's church, and Christian day school - but I never learned that there was one BIG Story of the Bible that connected all of the other stories. Good Soil resources have helped me understand how the Bible fits together!
—A young lady in the USA
Good Soil's resources for ministry to children were developed to help kids (and adults) clearly understand the gospel, so that they can genuinely embrace it, in order that they will not forsake it.
The Story of Hope - Kids workbook is a chronological Bible study for kids, approximately ages 8-12. It is designed to help kids understand the BIG story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation—a perspective that very few other ministry resources provide for children. The workbook contains one page for each of 40 Bible-event lessons, including an image from the Good Soil Redemptive Art Series and questions that get kids digging into the Bible texts for themselves. Also, the Chronological Bridge to Life is presented in an eight-page sequence. There's a Personal Faith Response page too.
Questions and map activities engage kids to read and think, rather than just rotely memorize. This workbook is bright and colorful and beautifully illustrated.
64 pages, Plastic Coil Bound
I love the concept of Good Soil. God has been teaching me about the importance of His whole Word in sharing the gospel for years. One of my missionary friends mentioned she was using your material and I looked at what it is. Now I am just taking The Story of Hope and introducing a picture/story a week in my girls Sunday School class. Thank you for the framework! I love the way this ties together all of the Word of God. Thanks!
—Loreena in IL
One lady who went to Sunday school as a child, but never truly trusted Jesus as her Savior, was being led through an evangelistic Bible study based on the adult version of The Story of Hope. She commented:
Why didn't they teach the Bible like this to me when I was in Sunday school? If they had done so, I might have understood it and become a true believer.
Adventures in the Story of Hope
Our desire has always been to make a high quality, thorough curriculum for teaching children God’s redemptive story from beginning to end available for free to missionaries and children’s teachers around the world. Now the “Adventures in the Story of Hope” curriculum is available as a free download right here! 2018 Colorized Edition.
Approximately 400 pages of lesson plans for teaching 48 Bible lessons—40 Bible-event lessons and eight Chronological Bridge to Life lessons. The lessons unfold the BIG Story of the Bible, chronologically from beginning to end, focusing on God's redemptive story. As students learn about major Bible events, they also learn how all of them are connected around the one BIG Story.
Lessons include many creative activities to engage kids in active learning: questions, games, songs, crafts, drama, “My Story of Hope” activities, memory verses, and other Bible learning activities. Also, a complete set of coloring sheets, one per each of the 40 Bible event lessons.
Great resource for your ministry with children.
The Way to Joy - Kids is a basic discipleship Bible study workbook for kids, approximately ages 8-12. If your students have made professions of faith in Jesus Christ, the next step is obviously discipleship. If you have not done so already, we recommend that you take them through The Story of Hope - Kids. But the next step beyond that would be The Way to Joy - Kids.
The Way to Joy - Kids includes ten lessons on basic truths that every young believer needs to know and some key spiritual disciplines that every Christian needs to practice. It is bright, it is colorful, it is beautifully illustrated with images that kids relate to. And, it includes a Bible reading and prayer journal to accompany the weeks of the discipleship study.
64 pages, Plastic Coil Bound.
Eve and serpent in Eden
Abraham & Isaac
Sacrifice of lamb at altar in front of tabernacle
John the Baptist
Resurrection of Jesus
Believers in heaven - around Jesus - the rapture scene
The Bible's BIG Story Teaching Visuals - Set of 105
Set of 105 laminated, double-sided teaching visuals for teaching the Bible's redemptive story, from Genesis through Revelation.
13.5" x 10.75" laminated printed teaching visuals. Key Bible event content on the back, event image on the front. 105 teaching visuals, 50 Old Testament, and 50 New Testament, plus five that work especially for ministry with Muslims. Great for teaching kids (and, adults too!) the BIG Story of the Bible that begins in Genesis and culminates in Revelation. Same images and key content as the Chronological Bible Cards—essentially big versions of those pocket-size cards. See below.
ChronoBible Cards: Genesis-Revelation
A complete set of 135 pocket-size cards (4.5" x 3.375") for learning and reviewing the content and chronology of the Bible's Big Story.
Pocket-size cards for learning and reviewing 100 key Bible events as they appear chronologically from Genesis through Revelation. Each Bible event card contains an image from the Good Soil Redemptive Story art collection on the front and key content information on the back. 25 major Bible era cards and 10 Chronological Bridge to Life cards included.
The activities for teaching Hooks are FUN for students of all ages, even the teachers.
And there are FREE instructional helps.
Hooks for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline
A student worksheet designed to help teach participants to grasp an overview of the Old Testament in a 50 minute to 2 hour session.
The 12 "Hooks" for Hanging the Old Testament Storyline
The 1 + 12 "Hooks" for Hanging the New Testament Storyline
The Chronological Bridge to Life Visuals
Set of 8 laminated teaching visuals focusing on 8 essential truths.
At our Bible camp we teach the Chronological Bridge to Life to our cabin leaders and counselors. They use it as a framework to lead children to Christ.
—Mary Lou, New Port Richey, FL
How to Use the ChronoBridge to Life DVD & Card Set
This ten minute video presentation illustrates how to use the Chronological Bridge (ChronoBridge) to Life in presenting God’s story of hope.
The Chronological Bridge to Life Cards
These playing-size cards are designed to be used in presenting the "ChronoBridge to Life" in personal witnessing.
We used the Chronological Bridge to Life as a 5 day Vacation Bible School. We focused on two parts of the bridge each day and used "God’s Big Story" and "the Chrono Bridge Song" as our theme songs for the week. The PowerPoint pictures made great posters for the church and we used the "Kids Sing Story of Hope" CD for music. Later, Jessica used the same colorful posters and song to teach the ChronoBridge in elementary chapel.
—Matt and Jessica, pre-field missionaries to Chile
Reflections unfolds the storyline of the Bible through 50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament events—from Genesis through Revelation.
$20 in Quantities of Eight or More - $40 for One Book, $30 each for Two. An excellent gift to give your clients!
Reflections - The Audio Experience
Professional recordings of all 100 narratives from the book, Reflections From God's Story of Hope.
MP3 files on a flash drive
Watch a (2:36) video to see how the Reflections - The Audio Experience audio stories are correlated with the printed and visually illustrated stories in the Reflections from God's Story of Hope coffee table storybook, as well as The Bible's BIG Story Teaching Visuals.
For you to use in your ministry and to encourage those to whom you are ministering to load on their own mobile devices. Great way to teach and review the events of the Bible's BIG Story and the eight chronological Bible concepts.
The Story of Hope Condensed App
Twenty beautifully visualized Bible events (10 Old Testament and 10 New Testament) that summarize the Bible's Big Story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation.
The Story of Hope App
Mobile app. Forty beautifully visualized Bible events (20 Old Testament and 20 New Testament) that summarize the Bible's Big Story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation.
The Roots of Faith App
One hundred beautifully visualized Bible events (50 Old Testament and 50 New Testament) that summarize the Bible's Big Story of redemption, from Genesis through Revelation.
The Roots of Faith Bible courses were created for high school and adult students. But, these courses have been used effectively with upper elementary students too. The workbooks and most of the teaching-learning activities can be used with elementary students, for sure.
Even if you do not use the workbooks in teaching The Roots of Faith to kids, if you attend The Roots of Faith courses, you will find it relatively easy to take what you learn back to your children's ministry. A complete Instructor's Guide and access to the online Instructor's Resource Center is available for both courses.
Image of a TROF OT Class at ABWE - FUN Learning
Image of a TROF NT Class at ABWE - Interactive & Engaging Learning
The Roots of Faith Old Testament Instructor Kit
A kit providing the resources needed to teach the Old Testament portion of the Bible's Big Story chronologically.
The top ten takeaways from Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship training:
Good Soil Basic Seminar
Two Days in May or October
Good Soil Trainer Certification
A Third Day in May or October
It will enhance your ability to teach children, beyond what you can probably imagine. You will…
One of the keys to effective Bible teaching with children is telling Bible stories so that historical Bible events “come alive” in the minds of the kids who hear them!
This BibleStorying (Bible story telling) workshop will enhance your skills as a Bible story teller and teacher. You will learn lots of tips and techniques for improving your ability to tell Bible stories that will gain and hold student interest. And, you will learn about—and practice using—several Good Soil Bible teaching resources.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil
Want to understand more about Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship? This is the place to start! NEW Visually Enhanced 2016 Edition - An evangelism and discipleship training narrative that is a scaled-down version of the Good Soil E&D seminar in a narrative format. Full color throughout.
Gaining Ground with Good Soil is an evangelism and discipleship training narrative—a scaled-down version of the Good Soil Evangelism and Discipleship seminar in a narrative format. The principles gained from this book are applicable for anyone wishing to serve God through Biblical evangelism and discipleship, but is especially instructive and helpful for ministry leaders, including leaders of ministries to children.
The realistic, but fictional narrative, around which the book is developed, tells the story of a couple of missionaries who were frustrated and discouraged—to the point of almost giving up—because of their lack of success in evangelism and discipleship on their field. But, the "Good Soil" principles they learned from Bible study revolutionized their ministries. It will help you think through a theology of evangelism and discipleship and help you to present the gospel so that people will clearly understand it, sincerely embrace it, and firmly hold on to it.
Free instructional resources for individual and group study are also available for download. www.GoodSoil.com/FREE
If you are an official leader of ministry with children, with a USA shipping address, and will commit to reading this book, we will send you a FREE (and postage-free) copy of Gaining Ground with Good Soil.
Good Soil Training and Resource Catalog
This downloadable PDF catalog is a quick reference to the many resources offered here at Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship.
Hey guys, wanted to let you guys know that in my backyard bible study we began The Story of Hope. It has to be condensed because of the length of summer, but God blessed us with nine kids today. I'm really excited that there's a Bible study resource that can be used for kids as well as adults that tells the whole story. Pray for me, tomorrow I start a Bible study with a new couple and have a chance to share with a guy in the hospital tomorrow named Lance. He got electrocuted last Thursday and almost died, but because he received CPR on the jobsite he lived.
—Lindsey, pre-field missionary to Italy
Using this for another Kid's Bible study!!
—Katie, Lebanon, PA
I want to have a Bible Study with neighborhood children
—Martha, Deshler, OH
I heard of your resources through ABWE missionary prayer letters. I ordered The Story of Hope, the big teaching visuals, the small visual-cards, and several copies of Reflections from God's Story of Hope coffee table book last year and have been using The Story of Hope as our Beginner Church curriculum this year. It is my plan to repeat this each year for the Beginner Church kids so that they leave and go into the children's program already having a chronological understanding of the Story. We are also working to get the Reflections coffee table book into each home of our children and young people. This allows the parents to follow along with what their children are learning, as well as allowing them to fill in with some of the stories that aren't covered in The Story of Hope.
—David, Hull Baptist Church, Hull, GA
We are looking for teaching pictures for children's ministry and found these.
—Vicki, Gruver, TX
I have enjoyed using your Good Soil products, and now as a houseparent at the nearby Milton Hershey School, we look forward to using this curriculum to teach underprivileged students. -Bob, former missionary
—Bob in Pennsylvania
I met Lawrence and his family through a local fellowship of believers my family was a part of for a few years. He is a Filipino, who moved to Papua New Guinea as a child, and then immigrated to the United States. Lawrence was also his district's Little League director and two of his kids played in the league. Most of the games in this league were on Sunday mornings, and Lawrence had a desire to honor the Lord even during the season. He asked me if I had any ideas.Read more
I wanted to tell you of the good things the Lord is doing in the lives of my children and their friends. I was blessed in my studying, prepping, and teaching The Story of Hope - Kids this summer to 20 kids on the back porch of my house. I taught the kids (ages 5-12) for about an hour and fifteen minutes straight. And I did not have to ask the kids to listen or be quiet, even one time, throughout the entire week!Read more
KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNN) -- Bhutanese refugees began arriving in the United States on Tuesday (3.25.08), the first wave of what the United Nations describes as one of the world's largest resettlement efforts. The U.S. has offered to resettle 60,000 of the estimated 107,000 Bhutanese refugees of Nepalese origin now living in seven U.N. camps in southeastern Nepal -- their home for the past 17 years. Six other nations... have offered to resettle 10,000 each. These refugees registered in refugee camps in eastern Nepal during the 1990s as Bhutanese citizens deported from Bhutan during the ethnic cleansing carried out by...Read more
From a Good Soil friend: “I bought the Chronological Bridge to Life cards for myself and my two daughters. Little did I know just how handy and wonderful those cards would be! Every morning we give a young man a ride to school. One day I pulled out the ChronoBridge cards and told them to have a look. I suddenly realized that I had never asked this young chap if he was saved! When I did, he asked, “What does it mean to be saved?”Read more
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