Ever wonder how to help your kids study the Bible? But do you wonder where to start and how to go about it?
Why Teach Your Kids To Study The Bible
Often we don’t know where to start when it comes to helping teach our kids to study the Bible.
The Bible itself is a big book and can be intimidating just to read, let alone studying it.
Our kids need help in leading them in how to study the Bible. You are discipling your children when you walk them through this process. Since studying the Bible is learned by your children, it means that it’s also taught by you as the parent.
No one else is responsible for this all-important job — not the Bible school your children might attend, the Sunday School at your church, or the Christian kids club they’re a part of; it’s no one else’s responsibility except yours.
How To Help Your Kids Study The Bible
The best way in how to help your kids study the Bible is to teach them with various methods:
READING THE BIBLE
The Bible is filled with stories that are real and children love stories.
The most challenging or perhaps hard-to-believe truth for kids when it comes to the Bible is really taking in that these stories are not just any stories — they’re real life stories that actually happened.
So, beginning your Bible reading with your kids at creation, Genesis chapter 1, is a great place. Or follow this Bible reading plan for kids that’s printable and it’ll help with what to read for a year!
QUESTIONS FROM YOUR KIDS
You may naturally find that your children are asking questions as you’re reading the Bible. Those questions are so important.
Questions from your kids tells you that your child is beginning the role of independent learning. They want to know more and they need (or are asking) you to help them discover the answers.
So, if you know the answers to their questions, provide them. If you don’t know the answers, tell them that their question is important and that you don’t know the answer yet but are willing to research it and let them know. Your kids will feel satisfied in knowing that what they are asking is being treated with care and love.
Have your kids tell you the Bible story in their own words.
This will tell you what they drew out of the Bible reading and what’s impacting them. Through this method, you’re able to dig deeper with them from what’s been revealed to their heart.
And never dismiss what a child says about what they’re sharing with you in terms of what’s stood out to them in the Bible reading. God is speaking to them just as much as He’s speaking to you. You may even find that what God has revealed to your child is fresh revelation for you!
QUESTIONS TO YOUR KIDS
The Bible is alive and for our guidance today. As a parent having the desire to connect the Bible readings and our life is important in helping our kids navigate who God is, the world around them and how they’re designed to work together with God for His plan and His will to be accomplished on the earth.
A great way to open up discussion with your child about the Bible reading is to ask them questions for reflection. We can so often tell our kids what to think, how to do things, etc. but what if our kids are intelligent enough to ponder the questions so that they have a thought for themselves.
Today’s society is filled with what to think and every possible way to think it. So when we’re asking our kids questions, we’re inviting them to ask God about those questions, to connect with Him and dig deeper. This allows your child to think for themselves and not be told what to think. This foundation is solid because it comes from within your child instead of outside your child, while they link the Word of God to their life.
Often there’s words in the Bible or sermons that we don’t understand.
Sometimes we need more context or even simply finding out the definition of a word, the root word or it’s synonyms or antonyms are extremely helpful.
The best way to find the meaning of words in the Bible is to identify if what you’re reading is from the Old Testament of the Bible (which are English words translated from Hebrew) or the New Testament of the Bible (which are English words translated from Greek).
Below are amazing resources to use when it comes to vocabulary:
- Blue Letter Bible – find out original meaning of words from original Hebrew and Greek.
- 1828 Online Dictionary – find out the meaning of a word from a Biblical perspective. (Here is a print version)
- Thesaurus.com – find out synonyms and antonyms of a word.
BIBLE VERSE MEMORIZATION
When it comes to your kids learning the Bible, a great way for them to take in the Word of God is through memorization.
Kids are amazing at memorizing facts and it doesn’t take much to memorize something as long as repetition is involved.
Begin memorizing scripture with smaller verses. Either choose a verse within the Bible story you are reading, or perhaps a scripture that relates to it.
Here are 24 short Bible verses kids that they can memorize.
Kids love to connect the dots with activities whenever possible. It’s so helpful to do this as it reinforces what they’ve learned and how it can possibly apply to their life.
As you help your kids study the Bible, include some activities like the ones listed below to help enlighten their learning journey:
- Coloring pages
- Scripture writing
- Word Searches
- Skits based on the Bible story (this is a way of narrating what they learned)
BIBLE STUDIES FOR KIDS
It can be a challenge to think of all that’s needed to supplement helping your kids studying the Bible. Perhaps it’s the questions to ask them to begin a discussion, the scripture to memorize or the activities that relate to the Bible story.
A great way to guide you through teaching your kids to study the Bible are these Bible studies for kids. They have everything you need in how to help your kids study the Bible, including:
- Big idea that’s being studied
- Bible reading
- Bible discussion questions and reflections
- Vocabulary – writing out definitions, synonyms and antonyms
- Scripture memory and writing
BIBLE STUDY FOR KIDS GUIDE
Another great tool to help focus in on studying the Bible is to use a Bible study guide for kids like the one below. It’s printable and perfect for study that’s done daily or weekly.
Bible Study For Kids FREE Printable Guide
What a privilege it is to guide your kids through the start of a life-long journey that’s so precious and deep with our Lord and Saviour.
Anchored in Christ,