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Ways to Teach Your Kids the Word of God

As parents, we want to use every method we can to fill our children’s minds with ideas from the Word of God. What methods did God use to help His people grasp His word?

Ways to Teach Your Kids the Word of God

  • Reading aloud: Like many books written in a predominantly oral culture, the Bible was written to be read aloud. This is what God told His teachers to do (Deuteronomy 31:11; 1 Timothy 4:13; Colossians 4:16; 2 Chronicles 34:18).
  • Personal reading: By reading the Scriptures with our own eyes, we can reflect more deeply and prayerfully about what they mean (Daniel 9:2).
  • Music: He inspired gifted song-writers and musicians to present His word in song (1 Chronicles 15:1-24; Psalms).
  • Conversation: He told parents to remind their children of God’s commandments in the daily rhythms of life (Deuteronomy 6:7).
  • Personal repetition: God commands his people to meditate on His Word, or more literally, “growl, utter, mutter, or speak” to ourselves (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2).
  • Parables: Jesus often used parables to draw his listeners in, provoking the curious to search for more understanding (Matthew 13).
  • Study: God wants us to rightly handle and analyze His word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).
  • Visual demonstrations: Often, God would command his prophets to not only proclaim His Word but act it out in some symbolic fashion, making the message take on a new life (Ezekiel 5:1-17; Isaiah 20:1-6).
  • Writing: When we write the words of God with our own hand, it allows us to study His Word in a new way (Deuteronomy 17:18). 

These are all methods we should seek to use in our family. We should read aloud to our kids and encourage them to read the Bible themselves as they get older. We should use analogies, parables, and even physical demonstrations to get the word of God across to our kids. We should sing Scripture songs as a family. We should use teachable moments throughout the day to reinforce lessons. We should encourage our kids to memorize and mutter the word of God aloud throughout the day. We should have our kids write Bible passages.

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Family Bible Studies As a parent, I know how much I appreciate a well-written family devotional—something that engages my children’s imaginations and helps them to grasp the Word of God.

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Both studies have 30 lessons. Every lesson begins with opening thoughts and questions, followed by a Scripture reading, followed by a commentary and more questions to apply the Word to your family’s life.

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Comments

  1. Great post. We also weave God’s word into all aspects of our day. Thanks for sharing all those great ideas!

  2. Luke and Trisha,

    Thank you for the great deals above. I was on one of your pages (http://intoxicatedonlife.com/2013/10/07/ways-to-teach-your-kids-the-word-of-god/ ) for “Bible Study for Kids Bundle” and the link took me to here ( http://bundleoftheweek.com/?ap_id=intoxicatedonlife ). Unfortunately, I don’t see the 5 book bundle listed; rather, it’s a bundle about winter cooking. Is the deal no longer available? I also sent an email with this same info in response to today’s e-letter from you.

    Thank you for all y’all do!

    Blessings,

    David

    • Trisha Gilkerson says:

      Hi David,
      Unfortunately that was last weeks “Bundle of the Week” and it’s now a new bundle. We do have a special going on right now with our Exodus products right now (since you received the newsletter you should have the details on that). Sorry for the confusion. We will get the post edited in order to clarify this.

  3. Do you know of a Bible Study for women (or adults) that is focused on teaching and bringing up your children in God’s word? Right now our Bible Study group is looking for a 10-12 week curriculum that would help our ladies to develop practical ideas for guiding their children towards God intentionally. Thanks for any ideas!!!

    • Luke Gilkerson says:

      I don’t know of anything specific, sorry.

      • I ended up going with the book Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham Jr. and it is fantastic! Granted to book should be called Faith Driven Family (slight oversight), but still, it has awesome ideas, encouragement, and stands firm in the Word and in a Biblical Worldview.

        • Try “The God Puzzle: How the Bible Fits Together to Reveal God as Your Greatest Treasure”
          It is a no-prep interactive workbook designed for a parent to go through with a child. All in a child’s language (age 7-12)-deep truth, made simple. See it on Amazon, or at http://www.leadmetoGod.com
          Blessings :)

  4. SusanR says:

    I wish more religious people would teach their children by example. How about being honest and kind? Not judging or being critical of those with differing views? Being generous to those in need. Not placing so much value on clothes and cars and makeup and body type? Treating EVERYONE with courtesy and respect? If that ever happened, I would think a lot more kindly of religion.

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