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While that’s a good question, it may be the wrong one.
After all, convincing our older kids to develop a healthy Bible reading habit may be skipping a few steps along the path to biblical literacy.
Let’s talk about how we develop biblical literacy, look at an example from Scripture, and then discuss the evidence that Generation Bible is raising biblically literate kids.
That’s really what we want as Christian parents, right?
We want to have biblically literate kids–kids who are competent to understand Scripture and who know what the Bible says.
Literacy is developed through a series of steps. Think about how we teach our kids to read, for example. First, we read to our kids. Next, we read with our kids. We move on to supporting our kids in their reading before they become fully independent readers.
We often put the time and energy into helping our kids become literate, able to read, but we may try to skip ahead when it comes to biblical literacy. It’s easy to assume that once a child can read independently, they are ready to read the Bible alone. That may not be true.
We find a different example in the story of Philip and the Ethiopian treasurer in Acts 8:26-40. When Philip asks the treasurer if he understands the passage he is reading from Isaiah, this adult man–who is treasurer to the queen–replies: “How can I, unless someone guides me?” When Philip takes the time to explain the passage, the treasurer becomes literate–he understands the good news of Jesus and is saved.
We can do the same thing for our kids that Philip did for the Ethiopian treasurer.
There is some really good news for our generation as parents–and the generation coming up behind us. In my book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible (Bethany House, 2021), and in the video above, I talk about the evidence that this up-and-coming generation of kids is turning to Jesus through his Word. They’re reading the Bible, and they know the Bible is important.
That is such encouraging news, isn’t it?
Your family can be a part of a movement to raise up biblically literate kids. You can be a part of Generation Bible.
Consider God’s words from Isaiah 55:10-11, ESV:
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
When we teach God’s Word to our kids, it always accomplishes God’s purposes. God’s Word never returns void.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
A Crash Course in Teaching the Bible to Your Kids
Danika Cooley’s book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, will give you the tools and confidence to study the Bible as a family. It will help you identify and overcome your objections and fears, give you a crash course in what the Bible is all about and how to teach it, and provide the guidance you need to set up a family Bible study habit.
You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
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