Tool for Children to Study the Bible

Bible Study Tool for Children

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You want the children in your ministry to study the Bible on their own, not just when they are at church. But, how will that happen? Since children do well at memorizing, you could give them a tool to help them remember how to approach the Bible. Here’s an acrostic using the word “BIBLE” which you may give to children.

You are permitted to print copies of the Bible acrostic. Simply click on the image to enlarge it in Pinterest and print the number of copies needed, preferably on cardstock paper.

Make sure children understand the significance of these words:

Believe

Children need to believe that the God of the Bible wants to communicate with them through the Bible. They also need to believe the importance of Bible reading and study for their personal lives. This helps with children’s motivation to spend time in the Word on their own.

As part of this step, encourage children to begin by thanking God for His Word and telling Him what they believe about it, asking for His help to understand as they read.

Investigate

Children need to do more than passively read God’s Word. They need to dig into the Word, investigating like they are detectives looking for answers. Such involvement with God’s Word will help keep children’s attention as they read.

As part of this step, encourage children to ask the who, what, when, where, why, and how types of questions. For example, what does this passage teach me about God?

Benefit

Children need to get beyond head knowledge to seeing the implications of what they are reading for their lives. Whether it is promises they can hold on to or principles to live by, God’s Word is useful even to children (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Understanding the relevance of God’s Word to their everyday living helps them attach even more worth to reading and studying the Bible.

As part of this step, encourage children to ask the “how does it benefit” questions. How does this benefit my relationship with God? How does this benefit my friendships? How does this benefit me with my family? How does this benefit the way I feel? How does this benefit me at school?

Listen

Children need to not only understand the implications of Scripture for their lives, how it benefits them, but also do something with it. They need to apply what they learn — to listen in the sense of obeying or doing something with what they heard God say in His Word. This is how they will truly benefit.

As part of this step, encourage children to ask questions like: What will I do differently as a result of my Bible reading? To listen to God, do I need to change my attitude? Do I need to change the way I think about things? Do I need to change what I do?

Encourage

Children need to grasp that with an understanding of God’s Word comes responsibility to share it with others. They too can become teachers of God’s Word by encouraging others with what they have read. Sharing God’s Word with someone else helps cement the truth in their minds and hearts.

As part of this step, encourage children to think of at least one person they can be an encouragement to by sharing what they have read. They could share how God used His truth to change their lives. They could share verbally, with a note, e-mail, on social media, making a card, etc.

Giving children a tool is only a starting point. In the next post we will consider to how to reinforce this emphasis. (Click here to subscribe to receive e-mail notice of new posts.)

More Resources for: How to Teach Students to Value, Study, Know & Apply the Bible

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Teaching About Choosing Jesus Alone as Savior from Sin?

Once people are convinced that Jesus is sufficient to bear the death penalty their sin deserves, they must choose, in their hearts, to put their trust in Him to do so. In essence, they are admitting that Jesus is Lord over everything and everyone.

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Crossroad Sign: You must choose to trust in Jesus alone for your salvation.

If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom. 10:9)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Challenges in Teaching about Salvation in Jesus Alone:

This is a major hindering block in today’s world looking for open-minded tolerance and flexibility. People today like choices but they don’t like the options presented in Scripture of choosing Jesus or Hell (eternal separation from God). They struggle with the either/or, exclusive terms of Bible-believing Christians. Beliefs today are rather eclectic wherein people feel they should be able to pick and choose what they want to believe, a little of this and a little of that. How can we say Jesus is the only way? Yet, that is what God says in His Word. — “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Students will not struggle as much with this issue if teachers have answered the challenges of the first three road signs. (Be sure to read through the related posts in this series.) If people continue to have doubts and questions about God being the highest, greatest, and absolute perfect One whose very Being provides the standard against which we measure our lives, people will not see the need for a Savior from the consequences of being unable to appease such a God and His ability to provide a perfect solution to bridge the gap between us and Him.

Teachers must take the time to answer questions students might have, to provide a safe place to express their doubts and concerns, and to patiently bear with them in their struggles to understand.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect … (1 Pet. 3:15)

Teaching About the Sufficiency of Jesus’ Death over Sin?

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Once people understand the concept of sin and its consequences, they are ready to learn of God’s solution. God has made a way to bridge the gap between Him, a perfect and fully righteous God, and sinful humans.

Bridge Sign:

God bridged the gap through the death of Jesus because He loves you.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 6:23)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom. 5:8)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn. 14:6)

Challenges in Teaching about the Sufficiency of Jesus’ Death over Sin:

For Jesus’ death to be sufficient to pay the price our sin deserves, to bring us into a relationship with God, He would have to be sinless — God Himself. This poses a problem for teachers who might have students who view Jesus as just another religious man who once lived on this earth. Many people believe Jesus committed sins just like we do. How can a sinner’s death be sufficient? It would be like you or I claiming to be able to die in another’s place so that person could not only one day live forever in heaven with God but also have a more meaningful life now.

Teachers must help students understand who Jesus really is — God who came in the flesh. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” (Heb. 1:3)

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Teaching About Consequences of Sin?

Once people believe there is a God who is greater and higher in all His ways than any human, they are ready to hear the consequences of not living up to His standard. Sin, falling short of the glory of God, separates us from Him. This kind of God is so good and righteous, He can’t stand in the presence of sin. In order to stay true to Himself, He must judge it. Consequently, we are in danger of eternal separation from God.

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Danger Sign:

Be aware that sin has consequences of separating us from God.

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)

Challenges in Teaching About the Consequences of Sin:

We live in a day when people seem to think more about how good their life is now than their eternal destiny. Consequently, even if we can convince them that we are not living up to the moral standards of a perfect God, they might not fully grasp the weight of its consequences. After all, we do live at a time when problems are solved in a thirty to sixty minute program. Long range consequences of sin might not convince people of their need of a Savior.

Teachers must show people their need of a Savior who will make a difference in the here and now, not just after they die. If the present lives of Christians appear to be no different to them than that of non-Christians, salvation will undoubtedly have little appeal.