What other books written with language and concepts most suitable for adults, besides the Bible, do we try to teach children?
Yet, the Bible is unlike any other book because of its transforming power.
1. The Word of God has a role in salvation.
Notice how Paul said to Timothy that “from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). Children need to hear God’s Word too for “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Rom. 10:17).
2. The Bible is instrumental to spiritual growth, godly living, and effectiveness.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” (Ps. 119:11) Temptations are great for today’s children and there are so many distractions to their walk with God. Scripture will help keep them on the straight path.
3. Scripture provides the guidance needed to navigate through life.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Ps. 119:105) Oh that children would be able to say with the Psalmist, “Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors” (Ps. 119:24) rather than turn to ungodly peer and the world.
Obviously, it is essential that we teach this Book to children. They too need to be saved. They too need to grow in their walk with God. They too need help navigating through life. But, how do we teach the Bible, a Book geared to adults, in ways that make sense to children? That is the topic for the next post. (You can subscribe to receive e-mail notice of new posts.)
One more point: Teachers need to believe and experience the transforming power of Scripture for themselves before they will truly value why it is so essential for children. When they do, they will yearn to make every minute of class-time count.