Be a Bible Ambassador: Share Your Faith!
Bible references: Psalm 139:14; Psalm 119:105; John 3:16
OVERVIEW: We know that the Bible is true—there’s plenty of evidence after all.
Beyond all the facts, findings and fulfillments, we know that, ultimately, the Bible is a love letter from God to us. He wanted us to realize the amazing love He has for us in creating us (Psalm 139:14), guiding us (Psalm 119:105) and giving his only Son to die for us (John 3:16). Bible ambassadors have helped make available the Bible you and I read from today. You are going to explore that in small groups.
BOTTOM LINE: When you share the Bible at school you become a Bible ambassador!
SMALL GROUPS: Bible Ambassadors
DIRECTIONS/SUPPLIES: Divide students into three groups. Allow 5 minutes for prep and 5–7 minutes for presentation delivery. Provide props, paper, markers, or other items that they can use to create their presentations.
SAY: I want you to read about some people who were Bible ambassadors. Then, create a one-minute presentation about your chosen Bible ambassador. You can act it out, draw it out or talk it out. You’ll only have about 5 minutes to prepare, so work quickly together. Once you are done, you’ll present your Bible ambassadors.
Bible Ambassador: John Wycliffe
John Wycliffe was the first person to translate the complete Bible into the English language. This was done in 1382. Wycliffe wanted to give the English speaking people the Bible in their own language. He believed that it was a book which should be studied by all believers. Since the printing press had not yet been invented, these Bibles had to be copied by hand. Some of the copies were pocket size, and were intended for ordinary folk and for daily use. They were very expensive and took months to produce one copy. One account states that a whole load of hay was paid for the loan of a single New Testament for an hour a day. The Word
of God was very precious in those days!
Bible Ambassador: William Tyndale
William Tyndale has been called “the father of the English Bible.” Tyndale had to do his work of translation in Germany. He translated the Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek. In 1524, Tyndale sailed to Germany, never again to set foot in England. Tyndale was able to take advantage of a new technology known as the printing press, an advantage Wycliffe never had. His Bible was printed in Germany in two sizes—a large-print Bible and a small-print Bible. Large numbers of Bibles reached England thanks to Tyndale’s work.
King James I sponsored a Bible translation project in order to produce another official, authorized Bible for use in churches. There were 47 scholars who worked on this project, and it took nearly three years to complete. Finally, in 1611, the Authorized King James Bible was published. Many consider this one of the best translations that has ever been done in English, and it has been the most popular and the most loved Bible of the English-speaking world for over 350 years.
TEACH: These are just three examples of people who wanted to share God’s love with others by sharing the Bible. Today, missionaries are sharing the Bible around the world. According to Wycliffe Bible Translators—a ministry that works hard continuing the efforts of John Wycliffe by translating Bibles today—the full Bible is available in more than 500 languages. Portions of the Bible are available in more than 1,300 languages. However, sometimes sharing a Bible doesn’t require any language at all.
Additional Activity: Play-doh® Praise
Have the children create sculptures that remind them about the Bible. Then take time to pray that God would give them strength to boldly talk to others about the Bible.