They say you don't know something until you can explain it to a child. Have you ever tried to summarize the Bible for a preschooler?
It's some three times longer than Moby Dick, 35% longer than Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, and about 24,000 more words than War and Peace. No wonder it's difficult to accurately relate the story of Scripture to your preschooler!
Christians have taken different approaches over the years to teaching the Bible to children. It's hard to improve upon catechisms as a way to teach doctrine. They also help children engage mentally with the truths of Scripture. They don't however, always help children understand the story line of Scripture.
More often than not as of late, Christians have resorted to just rehearsing individual biblical stories. While this approach does help kids engage with the events of Scripture, it doesn't really portray a full-orbed understanding of the Bible. It also very quickly leads to mere moralism.
So how do you teach the Bible to a preschooler? First, don't despair! You're not alone. Second, pick up one of these great resources. You can continue to rehearse biblical stories and definitely continue to catechize your children. But these resources will help provide a basic framework, a basic story arc to your children so they will be able to position the truths they learn within God's overall plan.1
Once upon a time there lived a man and a woman. They were the happiest people on the planet.
True, they were the only people on the planet, but they were still terrifically happy.
Unfortunately, things didn’t stay happy and wonderful for long . . .
The Bible is full of exciting stories that fill children with awe and wonder. But kids need to know how all those classic stories connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.
In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung—a best-selling author and father of six—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.
With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message—how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden—will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think.
Can a Bedtime Story Actually Change Your Life? It is easy to forget Jesus in the midst of frantic schedules, family squabbles, and conflicting priorities. But the truth is that he is the hero of every story, including these ordinary ones. This is why Marty Machowski puts God's plan of salvation in Christ on continuous display in The Gospel Story Bible. The easy-to-read storybook introduces your family to many captivating people, places, and events from the Bible's Old and New Testaments, showing how each one ultimately points to Jesus. As you share these Bible Stories together, you and your family will meet Jesus and learn a new, life-changing way of recognizing Christ as the hero of every story.
Vibrant illustrations by A. E. Macha, child-friendly discussion questions, and Scripture references accompany each narrative to help you lead your family in exploring the Bible. You will be delighted to discover how easily even a young child can understand the original text of a story that he or she has already come to love. Ideal as a storybook for your preschooler, a devotional for your grade school student, a refresher for the adult believer, or an introduction for the new one, The Gospel Story Bible is also a companion to Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God and the Gospel Story Sunday School curriculum which is available at New Growth Press.
The Bible is a big book about a big God who keeps a big promise!
Everyone loves a good story—especially children! But what we sometimes overlook is that the Bible is more than a collection of great stories. It is the real account of God’s love for the world.
The Big Picture Story Bible presents this remarkable true story. Simple words and striking illustrations unfold the storyline of God’s Word from Genesis to Revelation. All ages will enjoy this exciting discovery of a God who keeps his big promise.
Learn more about the Big Picture Story Bible series and download a free audio reading at BigPictureStoryBible.com.
1 All descriptions and images from Amazon.com