“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
It’s no secret that children are a gift from God; they are the next generation of the Church, the next disciples and makers of disciples. But while they’re still young and naive, we have to take care to bring them up in the truth of God. It’s up to us to build these kids up in faith from an early age so that they will not abandon righteousness when they grow older. One of many ways to do this is to teach the children Bible verses. It’s never too early to get a child started with the Word of God. So how can you accomplish this easily and effectively?
- Act it Out
Kids are great visual learners. At an age where they’re just learning to expand their limited vocabulary, pictures, symbols, and motions can help tremendously. If the kids are taught the main ideas of the verses through simple images, they’re spared the challenge of having to memorize them word for word.
- Get Musical
Music is an important part of our culture, so we need to be exposing children to music that is wholesome and pleasing God. What better way to teach scripture than to incorporate it into a song? Think about all of the catchy songs that have ever been stuck in your head. Now imagine if all the lyrics were replaced with Bible verses. How could you ever forget them if that was the case?
- Play Games
What kid doesn’t love games? Games are a wonderful way to engage the children and get them excited about Jesus. Many kids grow bored with sitting and listening all the time; they need something interactive to occupy their minds, and that ‘something’ can easily be made to be spiritually educational.
- Make Posters
Memories fade with time, but posters last a lot longer. Many churches incorporate crafts into their children’s department, but very few leaders actually think to teach through the craft. As mentioned previously, kids learn and remember things more easily when they are either seeing or doing it. The perk of posters is simply that they can serve as a reminder for the kids long after they’ve made them.
Of course, you can always revisit standard VBS protocol and go with straight memorization. And because memorization can often seem dry, be sure to provide a good motivator; positive reinforcement works wonders. Even if the kids memorize mainly to gain something for themselves, chances are that the Bible verse will stick with them for a long time.
There are countless ways to teach children Bible verses, but these are just a few simple and easy methods. Our kids deserve the same love and attention that Jesus showed us. If we put emphasis on equipping them the best we can, we can raise a generation that is firm in faith and on fire for Christ.