Teaching Kids to Love God's Word
Updated: Dec 5, 2019
Sometimes Jennie and I look at each other and can’t believe that God has entrusted us with the precious lives of our two boys.
Not only are we responsible for keeping them alive (HELLO!) and teaching them essential knowledge and skills; such as the ABC’s or, most recently, how to pee standing up! God also asks us to take responsibility for teaching them how to know God and to love God’s Word (aka, the Bible)!
We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. – Psalms 78:4
Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6
The task of teaching our kids to love God's Word can be daunting, but it can also be fun and one of the most rewarding things you'll ever do!
So how do we help them fall in love with God’s Word?
1. It starts with us.
Nobody trusts a salesperson who doesn’t use the product they’re pushing! If we want our kids to love God’s Word, it starts with us knowing it and demonstrating it in our actions. Our kids should see us reading the Bible, listening to podcasts and sermons, etc. and then living out James 1:22 in our homes—not just reading God’s Word, but actually doing what it says!
We should be loving, gentle, forgiving, self-controlled, offering grace and mercy daily, and serving our family with humility and compassion.
Perfection isn’t the goal. It’s more important to be faithful—and to show our kids by example why, even when we make mistakes, we get back up and continue to pursue the Lord!
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2. Spend time with the Bible as a family.
Reading and studying scripture together can be a wonderful experience that helps you grow closer to each other as you grow closer to God. In our house, we spend a few minutes a day reading and praying together. We also try to use Scripture in everyday conversation (Jennie is a lot better at this than me!), not just to point out wrongdoing, but also to affirm good choices (“I’m proud of you for working hard. That honors God—Colossians 3:23.”) and to appreciate God’s blessings (“Wow, look at the stars! Isn’t that amazing? Did you now that God made those stars? The Bible says in Genesis 1:1 that “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”).
Here's some tools we use in our family (with Amazon links!):
If your kids are a little older, check out The Action Bible
3. Make it fun!
Who says studying the Bible has to be boring? Try acting out Bible scenes or reading Bible stories with character voices (and animal sounds!). As they grow, you can play memory games or reward them with prizes for answering Bible quiz questions correctly. Jesus is not boring! He should be the life of the party.
4. Join a church that values kids
I'll never forget the first time we were driving home from visiting a church as my oldest son told us the lesson from his class during the service ("Everyone is a superhero! And Jesus is the greatest super hero dad, cuz he gave his life on the cross!"). If we weren't starting a new church we would've been right back the next Sunday, and we would've cared less how the message or worship went in the "adult" service so long as our kids were getting fed the Word in a way they could understand it! That experience further reinforced our value of prioritizing the next generation (kids and youth) with our church plant.
So, here's the thing...
Storms WILL come, battles in life are inevitable!
The Bible has the answer for whatever situation life is going to throw at them!
When they are choosing their close friends:
"Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals.'" - 1 Corinthians 15:33
When they feel they need to lash out:
"In your anger do not sin" - Ephesians 4:26
When they are overwhelmed by life's pressure:
"Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." - Philippians 1:6
When they are hurt by someone they love:
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." - Psalms 147:3
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." - Ephesians 4:32
When they confront a bully:
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." - Proverbs 15:1
Or are tempted to be one:
"Do to others what you would have them do to you" - Matthew 7:12
By teaching our kids God’s Word, we are equipping them with the weapons they’ll need to withstand the storms and stand firm in Christ!
What are some things you do (or plan to start doing) to help your kids fall in love with God's Word?