Are you always on the quest for the perfect devotional guide for children? Are you pouring over blog posts for Christian children’s teaching resources like a sports fanatic pores over scores of his favorite teams online? After several months of searching for a better devotional guide to use with my children, I was finally convicted of what I needed to do.
We just needed to read the Bible together. Plain and simple. No frills.
At ages seven and nine, to get a thorough understanding of what God’s Word says from cover-to-cover, my oldest two children and I just need to read it together cover-to-cover.
At first I was a bit hesitant, worrying about what the kids would think when I told them we were trading in other studies for what will probably be over a year-long quest to search out God’s truth on our own.
My worries were in vain. They are loving it! Admittedly, we are less than two weeks in, but my son told me the other day that Genesis is his favorite book in the Bible!
How do you read the Bible through with kids?
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to open spiritual eyes to the truths of the text. Psalm 119:18 offers a beautiful prayer, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”
- Read the text. We are reading one to two chapters per day. I plan to alternate Old Testament books with New Testament ones but to read in order otherwise.
- Invite questions. I haven’t been able to answer them all, but I love it that the kids are thinking.
- Let the kids draw connections between the text and what they already know.
- Apply the texts to daily life and discuss it as you do this.
While reading the story of the Tower of Babel recorded in Genesis 11:1-9, my son noted that God referred to Himself with a plural pronoun instead of a singular one. “Come, let Us go down and confuse their language” (v. 7).
Recently, our church has been studying our Statement of Faith. Because we had just studied the Trinity, he was able to more easily understand the answer to his own question. We looked at the role of the Father and Holy Spirit in creation in Genesis 1:1-2, which sparked another question. Where was Jesus?
By reminding him of John 1:1-3, a passage he has already memorized for AWANA Club, he was able to connect many Scriptural truths he has been studying together for a more complete understanding of God.
Do you read the Bible with your kids? Please share in the comments.