The Bible is an adult book, written in adult language with adult concepts. Some therefore question if we can really teach children Bible truths, especially young children.
Scripture Response to Question about Trying to Teach Children Bible Truths
The Apostle Paul answers that question in his words to Timothy:
… from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. (2 Tim. 3:15)
So, even if you serve in a church nursery, it’s possible to communicate Bible truths even to babies.
Paul goes on to in the very next verse to provide the ways God’s Word helps us.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
What better source to teach, rebuke, correct, and train children of all ages than the Bible. The words of Scripture carry more authority and power than anything a parent or teacher can communicate.
How Children Best Learn the Bible
- Begin by understanding their age level traits. Take into account the whole person when planning what to teach and how to teach it — spiritual but also physical, emotional, mental, and social traits.
The PowerPoint presentation, Teaching the Bible to Children, helps you know “how” to teach Bible truths in accordance with their age level characteristics.
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- Do not underestimate the role of consistency and repetition when teaching children.
- a consistency between what’s in the parent’s heart and what they say (also true for teachers)
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. (Deut. 6:6)
- a consistency between what’s taught formally and informally
Impress them on your children. Talk about them when … (Deut. 6:7-9)
- a repetition of truth in a variety of settings, using a variety of methods, teaching both verbally and visually
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deut. 6:7-9)
For More: Children’s Ministry Resources