It’s no secret that a major part in helping our kids understand their Christian faith is to help them learn Bible verses. God’s inspired and written word is the very key to salvation, having a relationship with Jesus, and growing in the faith. Without knowing what the Bible says, how can we truly live out a Christian lifestyle? Here are a few practical ways to help your kids learn Bible verses in fun and innovative ways.
Why Learning Bible Verses is Important
I mentioned a few important reasons above, but I’d like to spend a little more time on this aspect of learning the Bible, and teaching it to your kids. First and foremost, when kids learn Bible verses, they are putting the Word of God in them. It’s equivalent to what the Scriptures say in Deuteronomy:
“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. 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.”Deuteronomy 6:6-9
This passage alone gives us great insight on the importance of teaching the Word to our children. Another perk to teaching Bible verses is it helps build Christian character in our children. They will learn and know the behaviors expected of them, especially for being a follower of Christ. Their character will be seen, felt, and modeled by those around them; so, what better way to act other than how Scripture says.
With this in mind, let’s look at some practical ways you can help instill the Word of God in your children.
Ways to Help Kids Learn Bible Verses
Create a Bible study time.
Some families use the first part of the morning, before breakfast, or after breakfast as a set time for having a family-style Bible study. Depending on the ages of your children, you may want to start with just a verse or two. Read the Scripture to your children and have them repeat it after you. If your kids are able to read, have them take turns reading it out loud. Then, take a few moments to discuss what the Scripture means and how it can be applied to life.
Use songs to learn Bible verses.
I talk about this method in ways to help your children learn hymns, and it is certainly a good tactic for learning Scripture since most Christian songs come from the Word. Songs also have a way of getting “stuck” in our minds, so using them for teaching the Word is a must-try. Simply Google or YouTube search a Scripture (followed by the word “song”) and you will most likely find some good ones you can use.
Incorporate hands-on activities.
This can be a number of things:
These are just a few ideas, but are very versatile and easy to use on a daily basis. Hands-on activities also make learning about the Bible fun.
Helping kids learn about Bible verses doesn’t have to be a mundane task, let alone something that becomes a check off the list. Help your children see the joy and beauty in learning God’s Word by making it a part of who they and what they do. They’ll be better Christians for it. Not to mention, the time you invest in teaching them the Word will be time invested in your own relationship with Jesus. In this case, it really is true that when one teaches, two learn.