It is important as adults to remember how much children can really understand when it comes to studying the Bible. I remember being a young child and sitting with my dad as he would read me Bible stories. Children love to learn and love to spend time with their parents. There are so many fun, interactive and applicable ways we can study the Bible with our children. Here are some ideas:
- Have a set time in your household when you study the Bible as a family. Pick a time that works for everyone. Such as during breakfast or before bed. When you are consistent then your children will know what to expect and you can build on what you talked about the previous day.
- Pick a children’s Bible that works for your family. You may prefer your NIV Bible or HCSB Bible for your bible study times but it is also a good idea to have a bible for your children that is written in language they can understand. We recommend The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd Jones and SHEros of the Bible: Women of the old Testament by Lauren Nelson.
- Have a weekly Bible verse that you post in your child’s room and in the house that everyone can learn together. You will be surprised how fast children can memorize scripture. They are like sponges and absorb information faster than we do.
- Let your children ask questions and be open-minded. Children are curious and want to understand. I have started discussions with my eight year old about questions he has had about Jesus or the Bible and not only have I got to spend time teaching him, I always leave the conversation convicted and encouraged as well. He gets to teach me and show me something new from a childlike perspective.
- Pray with your children during this time. I teach my children the acronym TACOS. This is just one tool you can use to teach your children how to pray during your bible study time. You can start by saying what you’re thankful for and then having everyone go around and pray what they’re thankful for and so on. We hold hands with our children and have them squeeze when they’re ready to pass on to the next person. This is a great way to close the Bible study time.
T – Thanksgiving
A – Adoration or How God is Awesome
O – Others
S – Self
C – Confession
Above all, make sure you are having fun studying the Bible with your child. Spend time reading the Bible, discussing it and answering any questions they may have. Our children can comprehend more than we think and it is important to remember that they are our disciples. The Lord has gifted us and entrusted us with our children and it is our responsibility to disciple them.