On weeknights after supper, we strive to have a family devotional time. This has involved things such as reading children’s devotional books or missionary biographies, discussing character traits we seek to display in our lives and studying a particular Bible passage or person.
My husband suggested that we take some time to cover basic Bible concepts with our daughters. From an article that he found online, we came up with this list of topics.
- Memorize the books of the Old Testament and New Testament in order, including how they are categorized (the gospels, Paul’s epistles, etc.)
- Discuss and memorize the ten commandments.
- Learn the three points of the gospel from I Corinthians 15: 1-6. (Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day.)
- Study the three points of evangelism from Matthew 28:19-20 (evangelism, baptism, discipleship).
- Talk about the storyline of the major events in the Bible, i.e. Creation, the Flood, Moses and the Exodus, etc. We’ll also work on remembering in which book of the Bible these major events occurred.
- Consider the three persons of the Triune God: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Examine and memorize salvation verses such as the Romans Road and John 3:16.
Having grown up attending Sunday School and weekly church services, our children are familiar with most of what we are teaching them, but we want to reinforce those ideas at home. Reviewing the material with a game at the end of our devotional time (for example, name a book of the Bible and see who can most quickly tell you the name of the book that comes before/after) makes it fun as well as instructional. Helping our children become grounded in God’s Word is an important part of their spiritual training.
How do you teach your children about the Bible? I’d enjoy hearing your ideas including any resources you have found to be beneficial.