9/21/22 - The bible helps us live for God.
Scripture is enough for us.
In 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Paul points out that Scripture is enough for us. It is our source for godliness and our final authority in matters pertaining to doctrine. The confessions of every Protestant denomination affirm the sufficiency of Scripture.
Why does this matter for kids? We need to teach our kids that even though the Bible may not mention everything in life, it mentions everything we need to know about God, His plan to save us, and how we can live a holy life to please Him. It is important in a world that has become increasingly hostile to the Bible that we teach our kids the value of reading it and applying it to our lives daily.
What is important for us to remember and for kids to know about the Bible?
The Bible is how God speaks to us. The words of the Bible are not like any other document on earth. They are the way God chose to tell us what He is like.
The Bible is about God and for us. One common misunderstanding about the Bible is that the Bible is about us. As we are reminded each week in our Christ connection, the Bible is about Jesus, but it is for us. It is how we can understand, apply, and teach others what God is like.
The Bible is how we can know how to love God and live for God. God speaks to us through His Word, shows us what He is like, and tells us how life works best and how we can live for Him in the world He has made for us.
Take a moment to thank God for the Bible as you prepare to show your kids the beauty of Christ in the pages of Scripture. Paul told Timothy that all of the Bible is important for us to grow and to know. This is just as true for kids. The question is not what parts of the Bible we should teach kids but how we should teach all of the Bible to kids.
Check out the resources below designed to help you lead a family worship experience as well as suggestions for morning and evening prayer times and family activities. You can also find the Adult Daily Discipleship Guide that accompanies our adult groups.
FAMILY TALKING POINTS
This is the big idea of how this week’s Bible story points to Jesus.
Preschool: The Bible tells us about God’s plan to forgive sinners through His Son, Jesus. Jesus always obeyed God’s Word. Like Jesus, we can read, believe, and obey the Bible as we live to give God glory.
Kids: Paul wrote to teach Timothy how to live for God. The Bible tells us about God’s plan for people to have forgiveness through His Son, Jesus. Jesus obeyed God’s Word perfectly. We can follow Jesus’ example to read, believe, and obey the Bible as we live for God’s glory.
BIG PICTURE QUESTION & ANSWER
This is an important biblical truth that your child will encounter each week of this unit.
Preschool: What is the Bible? The Bible is God’s Word.
Kids: What is the Bible? The Bible is God’s Word that tells us what is true about God and ourselves.
This is a Bible verse that relates to what your child will encounter each week of this unit.
Preschool: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
Kids: This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8
Mornings: Praise God for the Bible and everything it teaches us about who He is. Thank Him for giving us His words to teach us how to live for His glory. How does the Bible describe God? What are some of His attributes that we see in Scripture?
Evenings: Ask God for the discipline to read the Bible, the wisdom to understand what you read, and the strength to obey what it commands. What time in your day can you dedicate to reading God’s Word?
For Fun: Enjoy a dessert of fruit and dips like honey or chocolate sauce. Read Psalm 119:103-105. Remind kids that God’s Word is a gift to us, and it is for our good. We can delight in the Bible because it tells us who God is and how He saves sinners through Jesus.
To Serve: Choose a verse or passage of Scripture for your family to memorize. Use motions, flash cards, or memory games to help the entire family memorize the selected verses. Challenge another family in your church or neighborhood to do the same. Eat dinner together and ask each family to recite the verse they memorized.
Adult Daily Discipleship Guide
** Next week: God Defeated Jericho (Joshua 2; 6)