Exploring John 3 | UMC YoungPeople
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March 2018

Exploring John 3

By Betsy Marvin

Art has the power to bring our imagination to life. When we use that art to engage with the scriptures, it can draw students deeply into the scriptures as they meet God with the full power of their imaginations, This hands-on activity helps students explore one of the most well known passages in the Bible through art. If you’d like a whole lesson on John 3:16-17, check out that lesson called “Recovery” here: https://umcyoungpeople.org/the-latest/preview/recovery


  • Pastels, colored pencils, pencil, chalk
  • Large white and black paper

Play music to help set up the quiet time needed to draw. Set up the art focus by just asking these questions, the art will be their answers:

  • What does it mean to recover? What images come to mind when you hear that word?
  • How would you illustrate John 3:16-17?
  • What comes to mind when you think of what Jesus has done for you?

To help students get their imaginations going, consider asking them to close their eyes while you read John 3:16-17. Tell them to pay attention to the images their imagination produces as you read.

Give students time to explain their art to each other and hang it somewhere others can enjoy their visual expressions of this important passage.

Betsy has worked with students for over 26 years and has served at Cornerstone Church in Caledonia, MI for nineteen of those years. Currently, Betsy is the Director of Family Ministry while still holding the high school ministry hat. Betsy also teaches women’s ministry at Grace Bible College as an adjunct professor. Betsy has been married for 29 years with a son in college and daughter in high school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, laughing with her family, and date nights!