Skip to main content

Bible story: Philip and Nathanael

Creative activities based on the Bible story of Philip and Nathanael

In John 1:43-51, Jesus calls Philip to be one of his disciples. Philip, in turn, invites Nathanael to come and see Jesus. When Nathanael approaches Jesus, Jesus greets him as a man without deceit. Nathanael is surprised that Jesus knows him, but Jesus tells him that he saw him under a fig tree before Philip even called him.

Nathanael recognizes Jesus as the Son of God and the King of Israel, and Jesus promises him that he will see even greater things in the future. This passage emphasizes the importance of personal encounters with Jesus and the power of his divine knowledge to reveal our innermost thoughts and character. It also highlights the role of believers in inviting others to come and see Jesus for themselves.

We have compiled a range of creative ideas and activities below that relate to this Bible story. These resources are designed to help you share this important message in an engaging and interactive way, whether you are a children's ministry leader, a Sunday school teacher, or a religious educator in a Christian primary school.

Our activities below are suitable for use in various settings such as church children's programs, children's ministry, catechism classes, children's services, Bible clubs, vacation Bible school, and Sunday school, and will help students understand the relevance of the Bible to their lives, and the importance of applying its teachings in practical ways.