Growing up, I was a pretty typical Christian kid from a Christian home. After I became a mom I started thinking about how I wanted to raise my own kids to know and love Jesus. I realized how important it was to teach my kids to study the bible, but it struck me how little I actually knew.
Sure, I could quote plenty of verses. You know, the ones every Christian knows. The ones that are easy to spout off in just about any circumstance without having to put much thought into their intended meaning. I didn’t really read the Bible to understand it in it’s full and original context.
The Bible is supposed to be the “living word” but I was missing out on what made it living. I was skimming the surface and missing out on the deeper meaning of the Word. I then realized that I had become a wife and a mom without being fully equipped with all of the guidance the Bible has to offer for such important roles.
So, I began to make an effort to know the Bible better, studying it using the Inductive Study Method. If you don’t know what this is, I am going to write a post about it soon! Having a deep and thorough knowledge of Scripture seems like a daunting task, but the more I read, the more I am delighted to see how God’s has revealed His love from the very beginning. It has also opened my eyes to see how well this “Living Word” applies to every situation in life. Since I want to do this whole wife and mom thing as well as I possibly can, I really want to be armed with knowledge of Scripture that will give me the wisdom I need in every circumstance.
It’s not enough to me to make sure that my kids behave like Christians; I want them to know enough about their faith and the Word of God to be able to defend it, since they are growing up in a world that is incredibly divided when it comes to religion. I also don’t want them to think of reading the Bible as an overwhelming task, but a life-giving privilege, the way it was meant to be. So, here are some of the ways I have been helping my kids learn to study the Word of God.
This system is pretty new to me, as I only recently discovered the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling, but it’s already part of my daily routine with my boys. Although it seems a little confusing at first, one you’ve got it down you will find that it is a very simple way to memorize Scripture. Plus, you will only need about five minutes a day! I think it’s great how this system helps us learn new verses while reviewing old ones. This way, the verses we’ve already learned stay fresh in our minds.
All you need for this is:
- index card box – like this one
- tabbed dividers that fit inside – such as these
- index cards – like these ones here
Here is the site that explains how the whole thing works. It even has a video you can watch!
The “What’s In The Bible?” video series by Phil Vischer
The same man who created Veggie Tales also created this 13 volume series. To be honest, I haven’t been a big fan of Veggie Tales since I’ve been a mom. No particular reason why, I think I just find them annoying. But “What’s In The Bible?” has all of us laughing from beginning to end!
They do a wonderful job of presenting the history of the Bible, asking great questions like “Who chose the books of the Bible?” And explain more about the Christian faith in a way that my four and seven year old kids can understand, than I knew by the time I was an adult.
You know how I said earlier that I want to make sure that my kids don’t just behave like Christians, I want them to know more about their faith than I did as a kid? Well, these thoughts were echoed by Phil Vischer himself, while speaking of his regrets about the Veggie Tales series:
“Wait a minute, did I just spend 10 years persuading kids to behave Christianly without teaching them Christianity?’ And that just stopped me in my tracks, and that led directly to ‘What’s In The Bible.’ I can’t just tell kids to behave like Christians. I have to teach them the tenants of the faith.”
If you are looking for a fun, informative way for your family to learn more about scripture, I highly recommend this series!
“What’s In The Bible?” Vol. 1 (Affiliate link) can be found here, along with the rest of the series.
Study the Bible for myself
Ok, so this one isn’t so much for the kids as it is for me, but I believe that it is probably the most important thing I can do if I want my kids to grow up to stand firm in their faith. As I said before, I have made an effort to understand the Bible better than before by using the Inductive Study Method. I will go into it more soon, but in the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about this method, here is a free downloadable guide.
If I want my kids to have a good, working knowledge of Scripture, I know that it has to be part of our family culture. They have to see me doing it, and they have to see by my example why it is important. Anything that I want to be important to my kids needs to be a regular part of our life, not just something we do on Sunday at church. The difficult part is having a sound, meaningful answer to give them when they ask questions. And I want to know that I can give them good, truthful, and meaningful answers that they will remember.
I love how using this Inductive Study Bible (affiliate link) because helps me study the text in depth without getting overwhelmed. The system of marking words and phrases gives me understanding the original context of the Bible like I never did before. Plus, call me a nerd but I think it looks pretty cool. I also love that there is plenty of space to take notes, and study guides at the beginning of each chapter!
Do you have any tried and true tools for teaching your kids to study the Word? Please share!