Outlines of Bible Stories
Jesus heals a young girl
Jesus has power over death
Transition- Discuss stories of Jesus up to this point, emphasizing his power and identity. Point out that only God can control nature and evil. Today we’ll see how He is the master over death.
Scripture- MK 5:35-36
Visual Aid- White cloth (grave clothes)
One time a leader in the house of prayer came to him begging him to come and heal his daughter. She was very sick
Jesus followed him to his house.
Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe. Don’t lose faith. She is not dead. She is only sleeping.”
Jesus sent people out of room except for girl's parents, Peter/James/John
Jesus told her, “Little girl, get up.” She opened eyes and got up.
Jesus left the house. The girl was fine.
(Encourage the people to think of what their response would've been if they had gone to a funeral and this had happened!)
Jesus feeds a multitude
Jesus cares for people’s needs
Transition- Review previous stories of Jesus, emphasizing power and identity. Today we see how he cares for his people.
Scripture- LK 9:16,17
Visual Aid- Bread. Dry fish. Basket
More and more people followed Jesus.
Once, Jesus and followers left them behind and went to a desolate place.
Evening came and the people were hungry. Followers said, “Send them away so they can find food.”
All we have is one boy’s food: (5 loaves and 2 fish)
Jesus gave each of his 12 followers some food and had them distribute it (to 10-15,000 people.)
Because of this, the people wanted to make Jesus their king.
Jesus Heals a Blind Man
Jesus has power over illness
Transition- Again, emphasize Jesus’ power and accomplishments. Also emphasize the thousands that were following him and tell how this upset the religious leaders. They were only interested in keeping their power. This story shows how Jesus had power over illness.
Scripture- JN 9: 31-33
Visual Aid- Mud
This story is complicated, really two stories, so prepare well! Jesus' identity is too much to leave out!
Jesus went to the place of prayer on the day of prayer. As He left the place of prayer, He saw a blind man begging.
Jesus’ followers asked, “Who sinned and made this man blind?”
“No one sinned. He is blind to show the power of God.”
Jesus took clay rubbed it in blind man’s eyes. Jesus told blind man to go and wash eyes.
The blind man went and washed his eyes and began to see!
Religious leaders asked, “How were you healed?”
"Jesus healed me. He is a prophet. He took mud and put it in my eyes. I washed it off and now I can see."
Ex-blind man said, “If any man worships God and does his will, God hears him. No one since the beginning of the world has healed a man born blind. If he was not from God he could do nothing.”
Later Jesus found him and asked him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”*
“Who is He that I may believe.”
“It is the One you now see, speaking to you.”
*Jesus' identity as Son is usually denied by Muslims, so you may experience rejection if you emphasize this.
The Lord’s Supper
Jesus showed us what good leaders are like and showed us how to remember him.
Transition- Discuss briefly the previous stories about Jesus. Point out that thousands had followed him, but the religious leaders were very angry. They were going to get him and He knew it. So He gathered his followers together for the last time together before He died.
Scripture- MT 26: 26-28
Visual Aid- Towel, basin, bread, drink
Jesus was in Jerusalem and had preached until the religious leaders were angry with Him.
The religious leaders were prepared to arrest Him.
Jesus told them this was their last meal together for a while.
Jesus told his followers “You need to wash each other’s feet.”
Jesus said, "This is an example for you, that leaders should be servants."
He also reminded them, "Follow my commands."
Then Jesus gave thanks for the food and broke the bread.
He said, this is another example for you: “This is my body broken for you.”
“Remember me when you eat it.”
Then Jesus took the drink and passed around the cup and said, “This is how my blood will be poured out for you. This is an example of God’s new promise to you. Remember me when you drink.”
The stories of the Baptism of Jesus and the Lord's Supper are included to communicate that these two ordinances of the church were part of Jesus' life and should be part of every Christian's life. In a Muslim milieu, present these stories matter-of-factly and allow the listeners to draw their own conclusions. To Muslims, baptism is a very serious step, but there is no such thing as a Christian awaiting baptism in the New Testament!
The Arrest and Crucifixion of Jesus
He gave his life for us.
Transition- Review the activities of Jesus and discuss how these made the religious leaders afraid. Jesus knew they were angry with him and would kill him. He ate one last meal with his followers and taught them to remember him with bread and drink.
Scripture -I PT 3:18
Visual Aid- Large nail
Note that this picture illustrates a very injured Jesus. Muslims often empathize with His mistreatment.
After the last supper, Jesus and His followers went outside the city to pray.
While Jesus was praying, Judas brought the soldiers to arrest Jesus.
The soldiers took Jesus to the religious leaders. The soldiers beat Jesus and tried to get Him to confess [lie].
Jesus refused. The leaders took Him to the king.
King had Jesus whipped 39 times. The leaders still wanted him dead.
Soldiers took Jesus outside city, laid him down and nailed him to a cross.
Soldiers stood the cross up. Jesus had horrible pain and couldn’t breathe well.
Soldiers offered Jesus wine. He refused.
Jesus died: “It is finished.”
Jesus took the punishment for the sins of the whole world.
God promised that the whole world could become His people through one person.
The chief of the soldiers speared Jesus to prove he was dead.
Jesus has power over his own death
Transition- Carefully review Abraham’s promise and the OT prophecies about Jesus. Then remind the hearers of the truths about crucifixion, how Jesus was severely beaten, crucified, and then verified by a master of death - the soldier.
Scripture- LK 24:1-6
VisualAid - length of white cloth
Jesus’ followers went to the place where the soldiers killed him and collected his body and took it to a cave: a cool place. Soldiers put a big rock across the opening to the cave and guarded it.
Three days later, after the holiday, the women came to prepare Jesus' body for burial.
When they got to the cave, the soldiers were gone, and the stone was rolled away.
The women who saw the angels ran back to town where the followers of Jesus had gathered.
Jesus' followers went to the cave and found that He HAD risen.
Later Jesus appeared to followers, taught them. He ate with them.
Jesus reminded them that they were to go and tell all the peoples of the world about God’s promise that He had made to Abraham.
One day, Jesus left his followers and returned to heaven.
His followers spread out into the whole world, telling people about Jesus and telling them how to glorify God.
Jesus is still alive and people can glorify God through him.
Transition- Review stories about original sin, God’s promise to Abraham, his saviors and the Savior. Discuss the power that Jesus displayed. Then briefly review that he was killed as payment for all our sins, and that he rose again to prove that he had power over death and had defeated Satan. He visited his followers and sent them out into the whole world. Now he lives in heaven, as the king of the earth. And, he lives in the lives of his followers.
Scripture- John 14:6
Visual Aid- None - Last picture on scarf. Note that the risen Jesus is standing in a road and holding up one finger.
This outline is merely ideas for making a presentation that will challenge hearers to accept Jesus.