Every Christian parent wants their children to begin life with a solid foundation in the Bible. Children with this foundation will become adults who build upon that foundation. You want to give your child every opportunity to learn about God's love and how to apply the Bible to the situations they face. In order to make an impact on your child, it's important to learn how to teach your child to study the Bible.
Read The Bible For Yourself
One of the best things you can do to teach your child to study the Bible is to model Bible reading yourself. Your children are watching everything you do and it's only natural for them to copy you. This is evident even in little babies. Children who see their parents reading the Bible will gain an interest in what their parents are doing. Because children love to have stories read to them, your children will eventually ask you to read something to them from what you're reading. When your children see you reading your Bible, you will convey the message to them that reading their Bible and learning what it says is important.
Use Age-Appropriate Bible Story Books
There are many great books on the market with Bible stories that have beautiful pictures to illustrate the story. These books are designed with children in mind to connect with them on their level. The Mini Ark Online Bible Storybook
is a great site you and your child can access together and experience Bible stories in a new way. Having the story illustrated right in front of them helps the story to come alive. Because the Bible is "living and active" (Hebrews 4:12), do what you can to make it living and active to your child. Bible story books are a great way to teach children to read the Bible because they learn well from the lessons other people have learned in their lives. Stories are also useful reference when your child faces a problem. For example, if your daughter is nervous about making a speech in class, you can talk to her about David and Goliath and how David trusted God to help him slay the giant. No problem is too big for your daughter if she trusts God to be in control.
Ask God For Understanding Together
Prayer is a great tool, however it's something that we sometimes forget to use when teaching our children how to read the Bible. Before you begin studying the Bible together (or reading a Bible story book together), take some time to talk to God. Ask God to make the words you read real to you and to your child. Ask Him to give you both understanding and to help you to use what you read together in the future. Doing this not only shows your child how important it is to ask God for understanding when something in the Scriptures isn't clear to him or her, but it also models to your child the importance of talking to God for the purpose of having a relationship with Him.
By modeling Bible reading to our children, using story books and through prayer, you will lay that Biblical foundation for your child with ease. You will demonstrate that studying the Bible is important, and your child will also feel comfortable coming to you with any questions or concerns he or she might have along the way. Remember to stand on the promises of God: "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
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