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re:form Ancestors

Youth see similarities between themselves and their faith ancestors

Why choose re:form Ancestors?

  • Use humor to help teens learn about heroes, villains, and everyday folks that God selected

    Build interest among youth about Bible heroes, villains, and everyday folks that God selected to do extraordinary things with humorous animations that begin each session.

  • Encourage hands-on learning

    Use the re:form Anti-Workbook, which are used for both Old and New Testament studies, to give youth a chance to interact through doodling, journaling, and illustrating to help them build faith.

  • Use it to fit your context

    Affirm and strengthen faith in whatever context makes sense for your youth and your program—whether it’s confirmation, youth group retreats, or even new member courses.

  • Make it easy for your leaders

    Prepare your leaders with re:form’s leader guides, which make preparation easy, no matter their experience level.

How it works

Each re:form session follows a three-part sequence:

  • Encounter – Gather your youth together to watch a hilarious animated video (we promise it’ll make them laugh!)
  • Engage – Tap into their creativity for activities like doodling, constructing, and journaling that help them dig deeper into their faith
  • Respond – Share thoughts and ideas about the session’s question

Scope and sequence

Youth Bible study that helps older students get to know personalities from the Old and New Testaments. Download the full scope and sequence.

  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
Adam & Eve: The lovable screw-ups
Genesis 1:1-26; 2:7-24—3:24
Noah: The
obedient eccentric
Genesis 6:5-8, 11-22;
7:11—8:4; 8:20—9:1, 8-17,
20‐23, 28
Abraham & Sarah: The ordinary patriarchs
Genesis 12; 16–17; 21–22
Jacob: The
conniving survivor
Genesis 25:24-34; 27; 29–30; 32:22—33:20
Joseph: The
virtuous dreamer
Genesis 37; 39–45
Moses:The
frustrated leader
Exodus 2–3; 32; Numbers 20:1-13; Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Rahab: The
faithful opportunist
Joshua 2:1-21; 6:22-25
Deborah: The exasperated matriarch
Judges 4:6-9, 12-22; 5
Samson: The raging prima donna
Judges 14; 15:4-5, 14-17;
16:4-22, 28-31
Ruth: The
tenacious outsider
Ruth 1–4; Matthew 1:1-5
David: The flawed
and beloved king
1 Samuel 16; 18; 20; 2 Samuel 2; 5; 11; 1 Kings 2:1-9
Solomon: The
ambitious son
1 Kings 1; 3; 6; 11;
Song of Solomon
Elijah: The
get-r-done prophet
1 Kings 17:1-16; 18:20-40; 19:11-18; 2 Kings 2:1-12
Daniel: The
invincible visionary
Daniel 1–2; 4–8
Jonah: The passive-aggressive coot
Jonah 1–4
Mary the Mother of Jesus: The long-suffering mom
Matthew 1:20-25; 2:13-15; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-7, 22-35,
41-51; John 2:1-12; 19:25-27
John the Baptist:
The rustic herald
Matthew 3:1-17; 14:1-12; Mark 1:1-11; 6:14-29; Luke 1:5-25, 39-45; 3:1-22; John 1:10-34
Centurion:
The Roman convert
Matthew 8:5-13; 27:27-31, 54, 66; Mark 15:16-20, 39, 44-45; Luke 2:1-7; 3:14; 7:1-10; 13:1-3; 23:47
12 Disciples: The provincial bumpkins
Matthew 13; Mark 4:35-41; 9:14-32; Luke 5:1-11, 27-28; 8:1-15; Acts 1:6-14
Sheep: The innocent wanderers
Genesis 4:1-4; 22:1-14; Exodus 12:1-13; Luke 2:8-20; 15:3-7; John 10:1-18
Simon Peter: The earnest blockhead
Matthew 4:18-20; 14:22-33; 16:22-23; 26:31-35, 69-75; Mark 1:16-18; 8:32-33; 14:29-31, 66-72; Luke 5:1-11; 22:31-34, 54-62; John 13:36-38; 18:15-18, 25-27; 20:3-7
Syrophoenician Woman: The mama bear
Matthew 15:21-28;
Mark 7:24-30
Sadducees & Pharisees: The legalistic bureaucrats
Matthew 9:9-13; 12:9-14; 22:15-22; Mark 2:15-17; 3:1-6; 12:13-17; Luke 5:29-32; 6:6-11; 20:20-26; John 3:1-21;
7:45-52; 19:39
Mary & Martha:
The bickering sisters
John 10:38-42;
John 11:1—12:8
Judas Iscariot:
The disappointed revolutionary
Matthew 26:36-56; 27:3-10; John 6:60-71; 12:1-6
Pontius Pilate:
The troubled politician
Matthew 27:11-14, 24-26; Mark 15:1-5, 15; Luke 23:1-5, 25; John 18:33-38; 19:16
Mary Magdalene:
The unsung apostle
Matthew 27:55-56, 61;
28:1-10; Mark 15:40-41, 47;
16:1-11; Luke 8:2; 24:1-12;
John 19:25
Thomas: The zealous fool
John 11:1-16; 14:1-7; 20:19-31
Saul/Paul: The
relentless evangelist
Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-19; Acts 13–17; 21:27—28:31
Lydia: The wealthy philanthropist
Acts 16:14-15
“It’s great watching kids think through the questions. We use this for confirmation and it really gets their wheels turning.”
Jill Altom , Church of the Good Shepherd

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