If the thought of opening the real Bible (not the children’s storybook Bible) with your children intimidates you, here’s the help you need! It’s a simple Bible study method to engage you and your children in studying His Word. It requires no weekly preparation and it should be fun.
But first, it’s okay…
…to laugh with the Bible. Have fun; be creative; stretch your imagination. For example, what kind of face do you think Zacchaeus made when Jesus looked up in the tree?
…that you don’t have a degree in Bible. The Word of God is accessible to all. Plus, your kids don’t need a lecture on transubstantiation. They need to know what it means to take the Lord’s Supper/Communion.
…if you or your kids can’t answer all the questions. Everyone can try. You will all get better at it after some experience.
…to use the “grown-up” Bible with your children. Just find an easy-to-read translation such as English Standard Version (ESV) or New International Readers Version (NIrV) and start reading!
Before your first study time, choose a book of the Bible. Start with a gospel such as Mark or Luke—lots of stories. Read the introductory material in your study Bible. That will help you answer questions about the author and situation.
The “How To”
Ask for understanding, patience, listening ears, no distractions, etc.
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. -John 14:26
Read one story, along with any preceding transitions or introductions. Then have someone else retell it or act it out. Try letting a child read the story, then you retell it.
(Next time, review previous weeks, then read the next story. Make it like a series so everyone catches the bigger picture.)
Ask interactive questions.
Use interrogatives to discuss the story. Answer the questions together.
- Where are they?
- When does this happen?
- Who is there?
- What actually happens?
- How did people respond?
Now take it deeper.
- What did it mean to the people who were there?
- Why did the author include this story?
- What connections do you see to other stories/Scripture?
- What have we learned?
- What do we need to do about what we’ve learned?
- What action do we need to take (as a family or individually) in response?
These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. -John 20:31
Create a ‘take-away’.
Find an object to remind you of this story, have someone draw a picture of the story, or (if everyone can read) display an application phrase in a prominent place for the week.
Extend the discussion.
Talk about the story and application as you have opportunities throughout the week.
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. -Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Try this out, then leave me some feedback. I’d really like to know what you think!