The following is a guest post by Rachel Thomas. Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When it comes to teaching Sunday School we rely on the handouts and Bible study guides most of the time. However there is more to teaching children about the Lord than just going through the stories. While it is great to give kids a background of understanding in the classic stories the Bible has, it is also important to expose them to what is truly powerful: the Word of God.
In 2 Timothy Paul really helps us to understand the importance of sharing the scriptures with children:
“… And you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:15-17 (HCSB)
By teaching the children the scriptures and not just the stories you are giving them the equipment they need to be strong Christian adults. The Word of God is a shield and a sword and only through knowing them can you wield them.
Make scriptures a part of your Bible studies. Read some important highlights of the stories directly from the Word. Help children to understand the context of the memory verses they have to study. Look up words they do not understand from the scriptures with them and explain to them what God is trying to show them.
Sunday School might be the only opportunity these children have to be exposed to God’s Word. Do not let the chance to plant the living seed of the Word in their hearts. After all, the Lord said:
“…So My word that comes from My mouthwill not return to Me empty,but it will accomplish what I pleaseand will prosper in what I send it to do.” Isaiah 55:11 (HCSB)
How do you incorporate the scriptures into your classroom time?