Did you know that there are different approaches to studying the Bible? This is true, not only for adults and those who have spent years immersed in studying the Bible, but this is also true for kids.
- Some people will start with or emphasize the text itself: “What does the scripture say?”
- Some people will start with or focus on the theological nature of a given passage: “What does this scripture say about God?”
- While others will give weight to the life application: “What does this mean to me?”
Here’s a great example that most people are familiar with: the story of David and Goliath. Just in case you aren’t, you can read the story in 1 Samuel 17. I’ve chosen this story because it is so familiar in kids space.
Now someone who approaches Bible study from a text perspective might dive in the history of that time. They might ask the question, “What would it have been like for the new nation of Israel to have a young shepherd boy defeat this Philistine giant on the battlefield?”
A leader teaching a lesson from a theological perspective might ask, “What spiritual “stones” has God given you in your life to help you further his kingdom?”
Another leader from a life application starting point might pose the question, “What are the giants in your life that need to be defeated?”
Every kids’ Bible study should be rooted in Scripture, point kids to Jesus, and provide practical application. How kids get there — the approach — is up to you. In fact, many leaders will utilize all three.
No matter which direction you go, it’s important to give kids a balanced approach to the Bible. Did you know that Lifeway offers curriculum that focuses on each of these three primary approaches to Bible study?
Do you want your kids to study the Bible:
- Book-by-book? You might want to check out our newest curriculum, Explore The Bible: Kids.
- Through real-life, everyday issues? Check out Bible Studies for Life: Kids.
- Chronologically, through the gospel narrative? Then The Gospel Project for Kids might be perfect for your ministry.
You might also find that one of the best options is to use all three approaches. Perhaps on Sunday mornings, when churches tend to have the most guests, Bible Studies For Life would work best. Maybe Explore The Bible would fit well for groups that meet mid-week. The Gospel Project might go great for that second-hour crowd or a Sunday night series.
Remember, the important thing is to find the right kind of Bible study that is best for your kids that is rooted in Scripture, will lead them to Jesus, and provide practical application. If you not sure what direction to go, consider three questions to get you going in the right direction.