There’s a lot of Bible teaching going on in children’s ministry, and that’s good. We should be teaching our students from the Bible. But have you ever thought that you should also teach your students about the Bible?
Here are 6 things every Christian child should know about the Bible with verses you can teach. All the following verses are in the New International Readers Version.
1. The Bible is God’s Word and came from God. This seems like a given, but our culture teaches children that the Bible is just a book among many books. From an early age, even science and history classes teach children to doubt the Bible.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.
2. The Bible teaches us about and points us to Jesus. Everything in the Bible, whether Old Testament or the New Testament, points us to Jesus. Children should be taught that the Bible isn’t only a book about how to live, it’s a book that helps us know Jesus better.
John 5:39 You study the Scriptures carefully. You study them because you think they will give you eternal life. The Scriptures you study give witness about me.
John 1:1 In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
3. The whole Bible is the truth and it will reveal the truth to us. In a culture where children are taught there is no standard of truth, teach them that the Bible is the truth and the standard to go by.
John 8:32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
2 Timothy 3:16 God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right.
Hebrews 4:12 The word of God is living and active. It is sharper than any sword that has two edges. It cuts deep enough to separate soul from spirit. It can separate joints from bones. It judges the thoughts and purposes of the heart.
4. The Bible will strengthen our faith in God. The Bible is full of stories of people who stepped out in faith. Teach your students that if they want more faith, they need more Bible.
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing the message. And the message that is heard is the word of Christ.
Isaiah 55:11 The words I speak are like that. They will not return to me without producing results. They will accomplish what I want them to. They will do exactly what I sent them to do.
5. The Bible will keep us from sin. Teach your students that the more they hide God’s Word in their hearts, the easier it will be to keep away from sin.
John 17:17 Use the truth to make them holy. Your word is truth.
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart so that I won’t sin against you.
6. We should read and study the Bible to know God better. Reading and studying the Bible is an important part of being a Christian. Children should learn how to do this at an early age. Here are a couple of links to help you do that.
- How to Use Bible Bookmarks to Encourage Students to Read the Bible at Home
- 3 Resources to Encourage Students to Read the Bible
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to please God. Be a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed. Teach the message of truth correctly.