I am a baby Christian. Well, that’s not entirely true. According to a scale that Chris was shown, I’m technically a “toddler Christian”, but really? That’s not much better. I am still a Bible newbie, so you can imagine my panic when my sweet four year old informed me that he wanted to learn from my big kid Bible because the verses he was memorizing weren’t in his little kid Bibles. Yikes! How do we teach our children Biblical truth when we are Bible newbies ourselves?
Teaching the Bible as a Bible Newbie
I’m not going to lie. I procrastinated. A lot. I didn’t know where to begin! Chris and I had just watched the Bible series, and that just solidified my fear. I mean, teaching my four year old that God asked a man to take his son up onto a mountain and kill him? Even though it was just a test, that’s enough to give a preschooler nightmares! Or there’s David. He killed a giant. Great story for a little boy! But then he committed adultery and had someone murdered… Not exactly preschool material. My biggest issue was I didn’t know where the “bad” was, so I was too afraid to start. How did we get from preschool Bibles to actual Bible study?
Ask for help!
Make it fun!
Keep it simple!
Really, it’s that simple. That fear that you have that you won’t be good enough isn’t the Holy Spirit talking! God gave you this child for a reason. You are the perfect person to teach your kids God’s word. Now, that does not mean that you will always teach it perfectly. You will probably have some major fails here and there, and your child will ask you a question you can’t answer. But think of the discussion that can come with that! Maybe the two of you can go together to ask a leader at your church? Maybe you two can look in different areas of the Bible to find the answer. It’s okay for your child to know that you don’t know everything. Just start. Start small. Have fun. But just start.
So how do you teach the Bible to your kids or in your homeschool? Are you a Bible newbie like me, or an old pro?