Children often times are growing up in American churches and homes less biblically literate than previous generations.
It is so important as a parent that we are intentional about teaching our children the truth of God’s Word and guiding them to become rooted in their faith.
What an amazing responsibility and joy to help our children hide God’s Word in their young hearts!
Not long ago my daughter came to my husband and declared, “Dad I am glad you are a pastor!” When he asked her why, she said, “Because you teach us the Bible.” The truth is, every parent should be (and can be) a pastor to his or her children.
While we know that only Jesus in His grace saves our children, we also know that God has uniquely called the family to help pass along faith to the next generation. Here are five fun family ways you can start teaching your children the Bible now. We have utilized all of these for the different ages of our children.
5 Family Fun Ideas for Teaching Your Child the Bible
1. Bible Ball – My kids loooove this and it is amazing what they can learn! You can use this game to learn the books of the Bible, Kings of Israel, etc. First, we all sit in a circle. One person starts with the ball. If we were doing the books of the Bible I would say, “Genesis”, and then pass it to whoever I wanted to next in the circle, and that person would have to say “Exodus”, and then they would pass it and so on.
2. Scripture Scavenger Hunt – Take notecards, write a different scripture reference on each one and hide them in strategic places throughout your house. The children go searching together, and take turns finding a card. When they find a card they get one point for finding it, and two points if they can recite the scripture that is written on the card. At the end, each child’s points are tallied, and we usually give everyone a sweet treat as a prize.
3. Sundae Sunday – We have a tradition that we do on Sundays called Sundae Sunday! After dinnertime we gather together as a family, sing worship songs, and read through a lesson in the Bible. We usually pick a book of the Bible we are going to study, read a few verses every week and discuss it as we read. After praying together, we close our time by making Ice Cream Sundaes!!
4. Nightly Devotional Time – As you know, life can be busy! If you have several children in the house, then you know how hard it can be to stay consistent with devotional time. We typically pick a book of the Bible and read through it as a family. We’ll take a passage and discuss it over dinner, or just before bed. It’s a great way to relax and be together after a long day. Don’t sweat it if you miss a day here and there! Two great books we have found to read with small children are Goodnight Warrior and The Jesus Calling Storybook Bible.
5. Indoor Hike – This worked great when are our children were younger. We would pack a bag for a hike (Bible, flashlight, snacks, etc.). Once it was dark (and with all of the lights out in the house), we would hike up to someone’s closet to set up “camp” and read the Bible together as a family. This can be a fun way to mix up your normal devotional times with younger kids.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a great deal of time, money or effort to make the Bible come alive for your children…it just takes love!
What are some ideas that have worked well in your home for teaching your children the Word of God?
Ruth Schwenk: Like you, Ruth wears many hats! She loves being the wife of a pastor, who is her best friend and love of her life. She is a grateful homeschooling mom of four beautiful children, and also a hopeful mom who looks forward to seeing her five miscarried children in heaven. Ruth is a graduate of The Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. On August 1st, 2011, Ruth launched TheBetterMom.com, a site dedicated to moms who want to be better moms by sharing life and learning together, to the glory of God. In September 2013, her and her husband launched FortheFamily.org, dedicated to helping Christian families. Ruth’s passions include, loving God, leading worship, and inspiring others to have a God honoring family.