Acts Stories List – Draw Bible Stories Project

Acts Stories

We are creating our own list of story names for every book of the Bible to include in our future publication: Draw Bible Stories.

By the time we finish, we will have a master list of every passage of the whole Bible.

We’d love your feedback as we develop these lists. We just completed the rough draft of our Acts Stories list. Take a look, and let us know if you think there’s a better name for any of these stories.

The only requirement is that each story can only have two words. Leave a comment with your ideas. Thanks for all your prayers, generosity, collaboration, and advocacy.

Acts: Great Commission

Jesus’ Ascension 1:1-11

Replacing Judas 1:12-26

Pentecost Baptism 2:1-13

Pentecost Message 2:14-36

First Church 2:37-47

Beautiful Gate 3:1-10

Life Source 3:11-26

Forbidden Message 4:1-22

Boldness Request 4:23-31

Generous Church 4:32-37

Powerful Signs 5:1-21)

Fighting God 5:21-42

Apostles & Deacons 6:1-7

Stephen’s Blasphemy 6:8-7:1

Stephen’s Message 7:2-50

First Martyr 7:51-8:3

Simon’s Sorcery 8:4-25

Ethiopian’s Baptism 8:26-40

Saul’s Vision 9:1-9

Saul’s Baptism 9:10-19

Saul’s Transformation 9:20-31

Healing & Resurrection 9:32-43

Peter & Cornelius 10:1-33

Gentile Pentecost 10:34-48

Gentile Adoption 11:1-18

Antioch Church 11:19-30

Jailbreak Miracle 12:1-19

Herod’s Blasphemy 12:20-25

Blind Sorcerer 13:1-12

Antioch Message 13:13-41

Antioch Movement 13:42-52

Iconium Persecution 14:1-7

Lycaonia Chaos 14:8-20

Planting Churches 14:21-28

Circumcision Heresy 15:1-21

Correction Letter 15:22-35

Apostolic Division 15:36-41

Recruiting Timothy 16:1-5

Macedonia Vision 16:6-10

Lydia’s Church 16:11-15

Oracle Exorcism 16:16-24

Prison Church 16:25-40

Thessalonian Riot 17:1-9

Devoted Bereans 17:10-15

Unknown God 17:16-34

Corinthian Church 18:1-17

Cultivating Maturity 18:18-28

Spirit Baptism 19:1-10

Ephesus Revival 19:11-20

Ephesus Riot 19:21-41

Paul’s Travels 20:1-16

Paul’s Farewell 20:17-38

Jerusalem Journey 21:1-16

Purity Rituals 21:17-26

Jerusalem Riot 21:27-36

Jerusalem Testimony 21:37-22:21

Roman Citizen 22:22-29

Sanhedrin Division 22:30-23:10

Sanhedrin Conspiracy 23:11-22

Paul’s Escape 23:23-35

Felix’s Trials 24:1-27

Caesar Appeal 25:1-12

Agrippa’s Visit 25:13-27

Caesarea Testimony 26:1-23

Paul’s Vindication 26:24-32

Rome Bound 27:1-12

Storm & Shipwreck 27:13-44

Island Miracles 28:1-10

Rome Arrival 28:11-22

Rome Mission 28:23-31

Suffering Supper – Mark 14 – Draw Bible Stories Project

Suffering Supper Story (Mark 14)

Passover Purpose – Jesus, table, bread, cup – Jesus shared a Passover meal with his disciples before his crucifixion. This meal symbolized Israel’s Exodus from Egypt, when God delivered his people out of slavery.

Broken Body – Jesus, broken bread, cross – Jesus broke bread into pieces and handed them out to eat. This bread symbolized his body broken on the cross.

Blood Sacrifice – grapevine, nail, hammer – Jesus and his disciples drank wine from the same cup, which symbolized both his blood sacrifice to save the nations and the persecution they would experience very soon.

Worship Response – mountain, disciple, flag – Jesus said he would not drink wine again until his return to heaven. They sang a hymn and went to the mountain.

Storytellers Sight

  • Read the Passover Meal story in Exodus 12. What does the Exodus Passover have to do with us today?
  • How does broken bread symbolize Jesus’ sacrifice?
  • How does drinking wine symbolize Jesus’ salvation?
  • How did Jesus transform the meaning of Passover?
  • Why is the Lord’s Supper confusing to unbelievers?
  • What part of Communion means the most to you?

Storytellers Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Firstfruits Spring Letter: Breakthrough

2022 Firstfruits Year > Breakthrough (Spring)

Dear brothers & sisters, friends & teammates, fellow pilgrims & companions,

I’ve had a mysterious beginning to my new year.

For the first time in my career, I have begun to enjoy my dream salary. After twelve years of exploring different ministry careers and five years of fundraising for my dream job, I finally achieved my goals by God’s grace and because of your prayers and generosity.

I wrote to you in December about God’s special word for me in 2022: Firstfruits. He said that all year, I will personally experience and witness in the lives of others the firstfruits blessing of his heavenly kingdom. And I have. Already, over and over again, I’ve seen whispers and glimpses of firstfruits in my own life and in the lives of my friends. I’ve also seen a lot of my friends and companions deeply longing to receive a firstfruits blessing.

Because I have been so focused on fundraising to achieve my financial goals, I was shocked when I realized that we had the funds at Blazing Trees for me to begin paying myself the full salary I’ve desired for many years, starting in the new year. And when it happened, I was confused and unprepared for what it would feel like to experience the fullness of God’s provision for me. It felt foreign, and I was detached from it for the first few months. It felt like it was happening to someone else, and I was just watching.

What has God been teaching me about Firstfruits? I have a friend named Jake who also receives a “word for the year” every December from the Holy Spirit. God spoke the words Seek First to Jake, and that’s his prayer focus for the year. We share the word “first” in our revelations from God. Our Heavenly Father has confirmed over and over, every moment and every day, that his heart for all of his sons and daughters is for us to seek him first and always: to abide, rest, listen, hear, receive, believe, enjoy, and trust.

What I’ve enjoyed more than anything else this year is the freedom to be with our Lord Jesus: resting in his presence, listening to his Word, discerning his plans for our mission team, filling up with his power and wisdom, and serving many broken and hurting leaders around the world who need compassion and trustworthy advice from a faithful friend.

For me to be a vessel of God’s heavenly fruit here on earth, I must seek him first and abide in him always. As you know, there’s so many distractions and temptations to slowly seduce us away from the Holy Spirit and live as hypocrites in a self-idolizing society.

I can summarize what I’ve learned so far this year in this way: every day of our lives will be a constant battle to abide with the Holy Spirit and trust in our Father’s will. We dwell in an environment of incessant spiritual warfare; however, the Holy Spirit within us is greater than our enemies. We will overcome. I’m blessed to fight at your side in this great battle.

Spring Season: Breakthrough

Last year, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that Firstfruits would take three forms this year: 1) break through, 2) rise up, and 3) open wide. The vision God gave me was a seed planted in good soil. As the rains come, the seed breaks open and the roots dig down. Next, the stalk rises up through the soil into the air. Finally, the flower opens wide preparing to reproduce. He told me that I would witness this firstfruits pattern all year long.

I want you to think for a moment about areas of your life and the lives of those around you that need breakthrough. Here’s my personal definition of breakthrough: the extraordinary joy of watching God do something miraculous and unexpected in a situation where I’ve prayed and waited for an answer for a long time, but grown weary with the waiting and almost given up hope that anything will ever happen. 

That old rugged cross we carry seems to be heavier and more of a burden at various times throughout our lifelong pilgrimage to Zion City. Consider the persistent widow who never gave up asking for justice from someone unlikely to ever grant her request: 

The Lord Jesus said, “Listen to what the unfair judge said. God will always give what is right to his people who cry to him night and day, and he will not be slow to answer them. I tell you, God will help his people quickly. But when the Son of Man comes again, will he find those on earth who believe in him?” (Luke 18:6-8 NCV)

If this judge who despised God and withheld justice from everyone in his community finally relented and gave the widow what she asked for, how much more will our Heavenly Father who loves justice and cares deeply for his people give us what we ask for in his perfect timing? God is not unjust or slow to act; he will move when he is ready.

If you’re like me, the greatest struggle of following Jesus is in the waiting and trusting: waiting on God in a situation where you desire breakthrough right now, and trusting him when his answer is different than what you requested. Sometimes we labor hard in prayer for something specific only to discover that we were praying for our will to be done rather than desiring for his will to be done. Sometimes we want God to do something right now, but he waits, and we are left wondering if he still cares about us.

My prayer for our Blazing Trees tribe is that our Heavenly Father will unleash breakthrough in each of our lives during this Spring season. I pray that we will continually rest in the glory and beauty of who God is, and surrender fully to his plans for our future.

In the end, let’s trust our Abba Father, knowing his will is best. Let’s keep presenting our petitions to God; then, release any burdens we carry, so we may receive and embrace his peace that surpasses all understanding as he guards our hearts in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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Salvation Stronghold – Psalm 62 – Draw Bible Stories Project

Salvation Stronghold Song (Psalm 62)

Freedom Fortress – tower, cross, crown – King David sang about the power of salvation. He described God as his Strong Tower, Salvation, Refuge, and Defender.

Dangerous Battles – enemy, knife, praying man, flame – David sang about how his enemies curse him and lie about him. They want to deceive and destroy the king.

Safe Refuge – house, woman, cloud, crown – The Holy Spirit is with all those who desire God. He lives in us, teaching us how to trust in him and pray with courage.

Generous Lifestyle – money bag, dividing line, pouring cup – Trusting in God leads to generosity. Our hope is in God not wealth. Our true reward is his unfailing love.

Storytellers Sight

  • David sounds like he is in great danger. What are some of his emotions that influence these words?
  • What is it like to hear a song from a warrior’s heart?
  • What does someone who is afraid hear in this song?
  • How does this song help us overcome our fears?
  • What are David’s thoughts about power and wealth? 
  • What is your salvation story? Has God ever rescued you from danger? Have you told anyone your story?
  • How do you respond when you’re asked for help?

Storytellers Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Water Walkers – Matthew 14 – Draw Bible Stories Project

Water Walkers Story (Matthew 14)

Refreshing Prayer – mountain, flame, Jesus – Jesus was tired after feeding the great crowd. He dismissed the people, sent off his disciples, and went alone to pray.

Drowning Danger – rough seas, wind, boat – As the disciples sailed across the lake, a great wind arose. The disciples struggled to keep the sailboat upright.

Water Walking – waves, Jesus, Peter – Jesus came to them at 3am, walking on the water. They thought he was a ghost. Jesus gave Peter power to walk on water.

Peter’s Rescue – waves, Jesus, Peter – Standing on the seas, Peter became afraid and sank. Jesus rescued him, returned to the boat, and calmed the storm. The disciples worshipped Jesus as the Mighty Son of God.

Storytellers Sight

  • Why did Jesus, God’s Son, need to be refreshed?
  • Imagine yourself on the boat with the disciples. What do you see, hear, and feel? Look at Jesus on the sea.
  • Why did the disciples think Jesus was a ghost?
  • Why did Jesus let Peter join him on the water? How would it feel to walk on water in the midst of a storm?
  • How did this experience impact the disciples’ faith?
  • Why is faith so fragile? What strengthens our faith?

Storytellers Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Noah’s Life Story – Draw Bible Stories Project

Noah’s Life Stories

As we complete a series of stories about different leaders throughout the Bible, we’ll create separate posts showing the series of their life stories altogether, like Abraham, David, Solomon, Elijah, etc.

Enjoy studying through these stories on your own or with a friend or small group to investigate God’s Amazing Word and develop your storytelling & disciplemaking skills.

  • Noah’s Generation – Genesis 6:1-8
  • Noah’s Ark – Genesis 6:9-22
  • Noah’s Flood – Genesis 7-8
  • Noah’s Covenant – Genesis 9:1-17
  • Noah’s Sons – Genesis 9:18-29

Storytellers Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember each story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell these stories to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

Many Wives – man & pregnant wives – In Noah’s generation, humanity exploded with growth. Each man married many wives and produced dozens of children.

Breeding Giants – serpent & pregnant woman – God saw that the longer people lived, the more evil they became. He limited man’s life to 120 years. During this time, demons bred giants through human women.

Heartbroken God – king, earth, stars – God witnessed all humanity become exceedingly wicked. He grieved over his creation and decided to cleanse the planet.

Hope’s Flame – praying man, flame, heart, crown – One faithful man remained: Noah. He loved God and walked in the Holy Spirit. God would preserve his life.

Grieving God – king, earth, stars, tears – God saw that all humanity became corrupt. He grieved, because he created mankind for worship, but they chose violence.

Catastrophic Flood – cities, corpse, ocean, raincloud – God judged Noah’s generation. God told Noah about his plan to send a flood that would drown all creation.

Rescued Remnant – God decided to save Noah and his family from the destruction. He taught Noah how to build a giant ark to protect his family from annihilation.

Creation Caretakers – God sent pairs of every beast and bird to the ark. Noah and his family would feed and care for God’s creation through the great disaster.

Final Preparations – ark & storm – Noah’s family made final preparations for the flood. They collected all the animals and food on board; then, God sent the storm.

Baptized Mountains – mountain, ocean, ark – God protected the ark as he sent the flood that covered the earth. The oceans rose above the highest mountains.

New Growth – dove & branch – The flood waters slowly receded, and the ark returned to land. As the earth dried, Noah sent birds to search for fresh vegetation.

Fresh Covenant – altar, beast, fire, smoke – God told Noah’s family to leave the ark and release all the animals. Noah built a worship altar and sacrificed burnt offerings. God promised never to send another flood.

Eden Covenant – fruit tree, king, flag – Yahweh renewed his Eden covenant with Noah’s family. Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and take care of creation.

Power & Provision – bird, water, fish, beast – God made all creation fear humans. God said people can now eat meat, except bloody meat, for blood is the sign of life.

Cherish Life – king, cloud, man, flame, sword – Yahweh made life precious. Any beast or human that takes a person’s life must die, for God made us in his image.

Rainbow Sign – rainbow & raincloud – Yahweh made a new covenant: to never again destroy the earth by flood. The covenant sign is a rainbow in the clouds.

Sin Remains – grapevine, cup, wine – Noah and his family were the only people left on earth after the flood. Noah planted a vineyard and became drunk.

Shame & Honor – tent & sons – Noah passed out in his tent naked and asleep. Ham saw his father and told his brothers. Shem & Japheth covered Noah to honor him.

Slavery Curse – pit, slave, chains – Noah was furious when he awoke. His youngest son had shamed him. He declared a slavery curse on Ham’s descendants.

Wealth Blessing – house, table, bread, cup, flame – Noah declared wealth, prosperity, and God’s blessings over his two older sons. After 950 years, Noah died.

Noah’s Sons – Genesis 9 – Draw Bible Stories Project

Noah’s Sons Story (Genesis 9)

Sin Remains – grapevine, cup, wine – Noah and his family were the only people left on earth after the flood. Noah planted a vineyard and became drunk.

Shame & Honor – tent & sons – Noah passed out in his tent naked and asleep. Ham saw his father and told his brothers. Shem & Japheth covered Noah to honor him.

Slavery Curse – pit, slave, chains – Noah was furious when he awoke. His youngest son had shamed him. He declared a slavery curse on Ham’s descendants.

Wealth Blessing – house, table, bread, cup, flame – Noah declared wealth, prosperity, and God’s blessings over his two older sons. After 950 years, Noah died.

Storytellers Sight

  • What elements of a tragedy do we see in this story?
  • Look at Noah and his family from God’s perspective. He just cleansed the earth; yet, sin still flourishes.
  • Compare what’s honorable vs. shameful in this story.
  • What clues in the story hint that Ham did something really bad to Noah while he was asleep and alone?
  • Consider Jesus’ words about forgiving in John 20:23.
  • How did this experience impact each of Noah’s kids?
  • What will you remember the most about Noah’s life?

Storytellers Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Known & Beloved – Psalm 139 – Draw Bible Stories Project

Known & Beloved Song (Psalm 139)

Devoted Companion – king, cloud, woman, flame – King David said God is always with us by his Holy Spirit. He knows our thoughts. He helps us each step of our way.

Worldwide Glory – earth, cloud, flame, stars – God’s Holy Spirit is everywhere, calling all the nations to believe. God’s Light shines brightly in the darkness.

Loving Creator – king, mother, baby, flag – God designs and creates us with love. He knows our future and guides our days. His wisdom is beyond imagination.

Holiness Prayer – serpent, sword, running man, road, city – David hated evil and cherished justice. He asked God to judge his enemies and safeguard his integrity.

Storytellers Sight

  • How does God’s presence influence your daily life?
  • If God already knows everything we will say, why do we pray? Why is worship an essential part of prayer?
  • Remember a time when God helped you see clearly.
  • Do you know someone who has no idea that God loves them? How can this song change their mind?
  • Why does David have so much hate for his enemies?
  • How often do you invite God to unveil sin in your life?

Storytellers Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Embracing Calvary – Matthew 26 – Draw Bible Stories Project

Embracing Calvary Story (Matthew 26)

Devastating Destination – tears, Jesus, road, cross, cloud – Jesus went with his disciples to a garden and prepared for his crucifixion. His heart grieved deeply.

Jesus’ Humanity – Jesus, cup, God, cloud – Jesus left his disciples to pray alone. He asked God to take away the cross. Then, he fully surrendered to God’s will.

Sleeping Watchmen – disciple & tree – Jesus asked his disciples to stay awake and pray. He warned them of temptation. When he returned, they were fast asleep.

Prophesied Betrayal – Jesus, path, soldier, money bag – Jesus woke up his disciples when the soldiers arrived to arrest him, for Judas had been paid to betray him.

Storytellers Sight

  • What do we learn about praying before a challenge?
  • How does it feel to be deeply troubled in your soul?
  • Jesus’ disciples had experience fishing all night. Why couldn’t they stay awake when Jesus asked for help?
  • Join Jesus as he prays alone. What do you see and hear? What stands out to you about Jesus’ words?
  • Why did Jesus warn the disciples about temptation?
  • What do we learn about Jesus’ faith and courage?

Storytellers Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Rebel Prophet – Jonah 1 – Draw Bible Stories Project

Rebel Prophet Story (Jonah 1)

Wicked City  – city, serpent, crown, cloud – God told his prophet Jonah to visit Nineveh City and announce his judgement against the people for their wickedness.

Jonah’s Escape – water, sailboat, man, flame – Jonah chose to board a sailboat heading away from the city.

Terrible Storm – thunderstorm, boat, waves – God sent a violent storm. The sailors prayed to their gods for help. They woke up Jonah and asked him to pray also.

Self Sacrifice – water, boat, sailor, flag – Jonah knew the storm was his fault. He convinced the sailors to throw him overboard. When Jonah hit the water, the storm stopped. The sailors believed in God. God also sent a whale to rescue Jonah. He lived inside for three days.

Storytellers Sight

  • Why would a prophet rebel against God’s command?
  • Do you think Jonah really thought he could avoid obeying God? Have you ever run away from God?
  • Why did the sailors ask Jonah to pray to his God?
  • What indicates that these sailors were good men?
  • Make a list of all the descriptions of this great storm.
  • How did this experience change the sailors’ beliefs?
  • When has God judged you for rebelling against him?
  • How do we witness God as Redeemer in this story?

Storytellers Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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