How do we show our children that Bible stories aren't virtuous, Christian fables, but true past events that unfold Jesus Gospel? Here are some few ways to do it.
Relate Bible Stories Back to Your Children's Real Life Situations
This may seem like a lot for kids, and it may be; however, but planting seeds for them so that as they grow they understand that the Bible is not just a book of awesome stories. Instead, it is the living and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12). My hope is that conversations such as these will train them to see the stories in the Bible as applicable to their everyday life. Then, as they face problems, they go first to the Bible to look for answers.
Talk about Jesus When Reading the Old Testament
We can relate Jesus back to every story in the Old Testament. For example, when we're reading the story of Noah building the ark, we think there's no way a man could build a boat large enough to hold two of every kind of animal. We also think about how crazy he must have looked to build a boat in the desert where it never rained. But when we remember the holiness of God, how He can't be around sin but wanted to redeem a remnant of His people for His glory, and how He did that through starting over and eventually sending Jesus, we see the Gospel of Jesus.
The more familiar our children become with the Bible, the easier it will be for us to make the connection between each story and the Gospel for them.
Be Honest about Real and Make-Believe, Fact and Fiction
Like fairy tales and superhero missions, events in the Bible don't happen in children's reality, so they assume they're make-believe. The difference is that God of the universe is the one who willed the events in the Bible for a specific purpose in time, and nothing is impossible with Him. The events in the Bible are not fiction. They are fact.
Point Out Evidence of God's Presence in Nature
The Bible tells us in Romans 1:20 that we can know God's eternal power and divine nature from what He's created. God's creation tells His story of redemption. All we have to do is pay attention to it. Everyday occurrences in nature give us ample opportunities to teach our children the truth of the Bible and Jesus' Gospel.
Sometimes the Bible seems daunting. It's difficult for us to read and understand, so we're intimidated to teach it to our children; however, it doesn't have to be. Starting with a good children's Bible and reading it every day, relating the stories back to your children's lives and the life of Jesus, is the perfect way to start. This shows your children how the Bible isn't a book of Christian fables, but a love story of redemption.
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