How To Get Your Kids Excited About the Bible

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    Patrick
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    Short Answer: You have to get excited about it first. And you must show kids its real.

    Long Answer: For the past 9 years I have been volunteering at local K-8 schools teaching the bible. I have run camps and Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) in multiple countries. I also travel around the states and internationally teaching adults how to teach the bible to kids. Many parents throughout the years have asked me to help them get their kids excited to read the bible, but there isn’t a universal answer. There are two things that can increase the chances though.

    The first thing I will ask a parent is how much of the bible are they reading. Then I ask if their kids ever see them reading it or talking about it. The number one way to get your kids doing a behavior or activity is for you to show them how much you enjoy it. Kids typically will show interest in what parents are interested in. Likewise, they will ignore what parents ignore. So, if you truly want your kids to know the stories of Jesus, you are going to have to know them first. You cannot put this responsibility on the church or children’s programs.

    The second thing I tell parents is to be honest about what is in the bible. Keep it appropriate for your own kids but show them the truth of the bible so they grow up knowing its reliable and real. I won’t get into all the evidence for this here, but please know the bible is not just a fairy tale for adults. Even though there is a talking donkey, the ground opening up to swallow people, and two servants making poop jokes about their dead king. How did these things happen? What do they have to do with the salvation? Every story is important and has its purpose. Our job is to know that purpose and pass it on to our children.

    To close this off, CS Lewis said “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” Let your kids know you find it infinitely important to you and they will find it infinitely important to them.

    If you have resources or bible books that have worked for your kids, please share them in the comments. I am always looking for fresh ideas.

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