Can kids “get” hermeneutics? Basically, hermeneutics in everyday language means interpreting Scripture. As Kids Ministry leaders, do we think the kids we shepherd each week can go beyond learning Bible verses to interpreting what they mean in context?
Here are 3 ways to challenge kids to dig deep into the Scriptures.
1. Use the 5 W’s approach.
This isn’t a new teaching strategy, but it’s a good one. Think about the Bible studies we as adults have been in through the years. A great Sunday School teacher or pastor will challenge participants to think about these questions when looking at a biblical text. We can use these questions when teaching kids!
- Who wrote this passage and who is the assumed reader?
- What is the point of this passage?
- When was this passage written?
- Where did this portion of Scripture take place? Where was it written?
- Why did the author write it? Why does God want us to know this?
2. Stay in one book of the Bible for longer than one week.
In order to truly dig deep into Scripture, it’s important to stay there long enough to unpack the text in context.
3. Engage kids with visuals to help them understand the Scripture they are studying.
Use maps, photographs, real objects and infographics to encourage them to ask more questions and want to dig deeper.
We know that only God’s Word can transform hearts. Let’s give kids the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the Scriptures, ultimately giving them a chance to respond to the gospel.
Jana Magruder serves as the Director of Kids Ministry Publishing. Jana brings a wealth of experience and passion for kids ministry, education, and curriculum writing. She and her husband, Michael, along with their 3 children attend Forest Hills Baptist Church where she teaches The Gospel Project to preteen girls.