Reading the Bible With Your Children

November 25, 2007

Never underestimate the value of reading the Bible, or Bible stories, with your children. Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, presents 10 suggestions for maximizing the reading experience for school-age children.

Click here to read his suggestions.

Here are a few of his suggestions that I really took to heart:

4. Place the story in its context within God’s plan and within the Bible. Help children to understand how every word of the Bible is fulfilled in Christ and finds its meaning within God’s plan to redeem His people from sin.

5. Recognize that many of the stories of the Bible teach a clear moral lesson — a lesson that children clearly need to learn and take to heart. At the same time, recognize that these accounts are never merely morality tales. Point your child to the big picture.

6. Never read down to your children, treating them as dull. Instead, give them a substantial story, lay out the narrative, and then trust that they will want to learn and to push themselves toward understanding. Then, be the human agent of that understanding by explaining the story with patience, creativity, and insight based in the fact that you know both the story and the child or children hearing it.

9. Ask older children to help with the reading and to grow accustomed both to reading for themselves and to reading aloud. There is much too little reading of the Bible aloud to the congregation in many churches. Let the recovery of reading aloud the Word of God begin in your home.

Why don’t you start a new family tradition tonight of reading the Scriptures to your children?

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