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Bible Study Lesson Plans - for Multi-Ages

These multi-age Bible study lesson plans can assist you in reaching and teaching multiple age groups all together.  Whether you are a small church or a family studying together, each includes options for all ages including preschoolers, elementary age children, teens and adults.

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3 X 3 Bible Study Lesson Plans

These Bible study lesson plans follow a pattern of 3 X 3 to lead a group through a Book of the Bible.  

First choose a Book and then a smaller section to study each time. You may want to use a chapter each time or a smaller section by following the headings within each chapter.  For instance, if we began with the Book of 1 John, the first chapter is divided into three smaller topical sections:  Introduction (verses 1-4), Walk in the Light (verses 5-7) and Confession of Sin (verses 9-10).

3X3 Bible Study Lesson plans - 3 Content Areas

  1. Context Clues - It is always important to include the context for what you are reading.  
  2. God Clues - We always want to connect and learn more about God from the text.
  3. Repetitive Words - Words that are repeated give us clues to what the author's main point is.

This process will look different for each age, but any age can be included.  Give each person, no matter how small, a copy of the text you will be studying.  It is important for each to be included no matter their actual age capabilities.  For this reason, these Bible study lesson plans are helpful to use with mentally handicapped participants too.

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Three Action Process
3 X3 Bible Study Lesson Plans 

Part 1:  Marking the Text

  1. Box in any context clues such as names of people or places and times given.
  2. Circle any names, words or phrases that tell us about God (Father, Son, and/or Holy Spirit).
  3. Underline any repeated words or phrases besides common words such as the, a, for, and, etc.

Part 2:  Recording in a Journal

  1. Write any context clues.
  2. Write any words or phrases that describe God.
  3. Write any repeated words or phrases.

Example 1 John 1;1-4

"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete."

  1. "We" [John & eyewitnesses]
  2.  from the beginning, Word of Life, Father, Son-Jesus Christ, we can have fellowship with Him, He is seen & heard
  3. life, seen, heard, fellowship 

Part 3:  Discuss & Record What we Learn

  1. Jesus was in the beginning. He was fully God.
  2. Eyewitnesses saw, heard & touched Jesus; He was fully man.
  3. True life is found in fellowship with the Father through His Son, Jesus.

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3 X3 Bible Study Lesson plans
Age options:


  • Active participants

Even these little ones can hold a copy of the text you've printed and color or mark on the sheet.  This helps them actively feel like they are a part of the group.  

It doesn't matter if the can read yet; they will be hearing the Word of God and seeing the words.

Before hand, you may want to even circle the main words you will be emphasizing and then they can color in the circles with various colors. For older preschoolers they can draw a picture to go with the text.

  • Repeat

When you read certain phrases have preschoolers repeat the word or words back to you.  You will be surprised at what they will remember when you do this!

  • Listening

Listening is an important skill for these little ones to practice.  Give them a primary word to listen for as you read.  Have them clap, stand, or do another action whenever they hear the word or phrase as you read the text aloud.

Elementary Ages

  • Play a quick game of "I Spy" with the text allowing them to find all the sight words or repetitive words such as we, the, etc. Have them mark these on their sheet.  This will help them learn early to interact with God's Word, for it is living and active.
  • Point out and have them mark all the names for God in the text or words that describe Him.
  • For experienced readers, allow them to read aloud parts of the passage and tell what they think it means.

Teens & Adults

  • Have dictionaries and/or commentaries available to look up key words.  Locate other references using these words.
  • Have them write out a prayer using the Scripture text as a guide.
  • Have them work in pairs to summarize or rewrite the text in their own words to share and compare.  This will spark discussion and time for you to explain any difficult topics or misunderstandings and allow for questions.  It will also help create a short simple take-away thought they can remember.

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These 3X3 Bible study lesson plans can be used any time, any where, for any group.  They are flexible and allow for participation of any age.  For this reason these are great for multiple age groups at church or for families at home.

Other Passages for 3 X 3 Lesson Plans

The following passages are great places to start with this Bible study lesson plans format:

  • Genesis 1 - Creation Story
  • Deuteronomy 6:4-9 - Learning God's Word
  • Joshua 1:1-8 - God will be with us
  • Psalm 23 - Shepherd Psalm
  • Matthew 6:9-13 - The Lord's Prayer
  • Luke 10:25-37 - The Good Samaritan
  • John 1 - The Word - Jesus
  • 1 Corinthians 13 - Love Chapter
  • Philippians 2:8-10 - Gospel Message
  • Philippians 4:6-8 - Dealing with Anxiety

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