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Bible Overview Advent Calendar

By Matthew Roberts, 30 Nov 2017

Bible Overview Advent Calendar

Here is a Bible Overview that we’ve used for the children at our church, divided into days for an Advent Calendar. In our family we cut out the first three columns of this and put the slips of paper into an advent calendar (along with some chocolate – that’s optional!). This year we’re going to have a chart for them to stick the slips of paper to each day. We also keep a printout of the whole thing for us as parents to refer to.

The idea is that each verse is summarised in a single word. Each day, practice saying all the words you have done so far. We add an action for each word (make up your own) to make it easier to remember. By Christmas Day your whole family will have learned a summary of the whole Bible.

Most days have one verse and one of the summary words, some have two.

If you want this in an easily-printable PDF format, click here: Bible Overview Advent Calendar.

Date

Word

Verse

Explanation

Extra Bible verses if there’s time

Cut out these three columns to make slips to put in an advent Calendar

These columns are to help parents with explanation

Dec 1

God

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God already existed. He always has and always will; no-one made God.

Genesis 1:1

 

Creation

John 1:3

Everything that exists was made and stays around because God made it and keeps it.

Genesis 1:1

2

Man

Genesis 1:27

God made man (men, women & children) in his image – to be like him, to know him and to love him.

Genesis 1:26-28

 

Garden

Genesis 2:15

The first man was given a garden to look after by God – and told to do it God’s way

Genesis 2:8, 15-17

3

Snake

Genesis 3:4

The snake told the first man and woman that God’s rule was bad and they should decide what to do for themselves

Genesis 3:1-5

 

Sin

Genesis 3:6b

Adam disobeyed God and ate the fruit God said he must not

Genesis 3:6-7

4

Curse

Genesis 3:19

God punished the man and the woman for disobeying him: from now on life will be full of pain, and they will die

Genesis 3:14-19

5

Covenant

Genesis 17:7

God began his great plan to put the world right again by making a covenant with Abraham. His family will be God’s special people, and through them he will save the world.

Genesis 17:1-8

6

Slaves

Genesis 2:23

Abraham’s family – now called Israel after Abraham’s grandson – became slaves in Egypt.

Exodus 2:23-25

 

Free

Exodus 3:8

God rescued his people from being slaves, so that they could worship him.

Exodus 14:21-31

7

Law

Exodus 20:2-3

God gave his people his laws to teach them how to live for him

Exodus 20:1-17

 

Tabernacle

Exodus 29:46

God saved his people so he could live with them and know them

Exodus 29:43-46

8

Prophet

Deuteronomy 18:18

If the people were to belong to God, they needed someone to tell him what God said: they needed a prophet, like Moses

Deuteronomy 18:15-18

9

Priest

Hebrews 5:1

They also needed a priest, like Aaron: a man who would take away their sins through sacrifices

Exodus 28:1; Leviticus 9:22-24

10

King

Psalm 2:6

And they needed a king, like David, to rule over them using God’s laws

2 Samuel 7:11b-16

11

Idols

1 Kings 11:4

But the people of Israel worshipped idols instead of the real God, who had done so much for them

1 Kings 11:4-10

 

Split

1 Kings 11:11

God punished Israel by splitting the nation in two: Israel in the north, Judah (ruled by David’s descendants) in the south

1 Kings 12:1-20 (16-17)

12

Destroyed

2 Kings 17:18

The northern kingdom abandoned God totally and God punished them by letting the Assyrians destroy them

2 Kings 17:6,7,14-18

13

Exile

2 Kings 24:20

Judah was wicked also, and so God sent them into exile in Babylon

2 Kings 24:10-16

 

Kingdom

Daniel 7:14b

While in exile, God promised his people that he would soon establish a new kingdom with a new, perfect king

Daniel 7:13,14

14

Jesus

Matthew 1:21

Jesus is God’s Son – God with us – and he is the one who will save the people from their sins

Matthew 1:18-25

15

Perfect

1 Peter 2:22

Jesus lived a perfect life, keeping all of God’s laws, always

1 Peter 2:22,23

16

Cross

Galatians 3:13a

Jesus died to take away the curse of sin, because he was cursed in the place of his people

Matthew 27:45-50

17

Alive

Matthew 28:18

God raised Jesus from the dead and made him Lord over everything

Matthew 28:1-10

18

Heaven

Hebrews 1:3b

Jesus went up into heaven, where he now rules at God’s right hand

Acts 1:6-11

19

 

Holy Spirit

Acts 2:33

Jesus pours out the Holy Spirit on all who believe in him, to change them to trust him and love him

Acts 2:1-13

20

Gospel

Acts 2:39

The message about Jesus is now spreading all over the world, so people can be saved by him

Acts 2:36-41

21

Church

1 Peter 2:10

Anyone can now join Abraham’s family and know God through Jesus – this family is now called the Church

1 Peter 2:4,5

22

Return

Acts 1:11b

Jesus will come back one day soon, to bring an end to evil and reign forever

1 Corinthians 15:20-26

23

Resurrection

John 5:28

Jesus will raise everyone to life again; Christians will rise just like Jesus did, with bodies made new like his

John 5:28-29

24

Judgment

Matthew 25:32

Jesus will judge everyone, according to what they have done, which will show whether they trusted him for salvation or not

Matthew 25:31-46

25

New creation

Revelation 21:5a

God will then make everything new, and there will never be anything bad or sad ever again, ever.

Revelation 21:1-4