Aug 3, 2020

Building Kids Faith in the Bible

The B-I-B-L-E...yes that's the book for me.  I stand alone on the Word of God...the B-I-B-L-E. 

If you grew up in church, you remember that song.  It was an attempt to instill the Word of God into the hearts of children. 

We are living in a day when the Bible is under attack.  Just this past week, protestors in Portland, Oregon made a spectacle out of burning a pile of Bibles.  While that was a physical attack, it doesn't end there.  All across the country and the world, the Word of God is under attack. 

People who say it's just like any other book.

The removal of Bible verses from public monuments.

Professors who stand in their classroom and belittle the Bible.

Television shows and movies where the Bible and those who follow it are portrayed as nutcases.

Go ahead.  Say the Bible isn't the Word of God.  You have the right to be wrong. 

I believe the Bible is the Word of God. 

I believe it is true from cover to cover.

I believe it is historically accurate. 

I believe it is error free.

Burning a few copies of God's Word won't stop it. 

Have you ever read the story of the French philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778)?  Voltaire, in his writings against Christianity and the Bible, predicted in 1776, “One hundred years from my day, there will not be a Bible on earth except one that is looked upon by an antiquarian curiosity-seeker.”

But within fifty years after his death, in an ironic twist of fate, the very house in which Voltaire once lived and wrote was used by the Evangelical Society of Geneva as a storehouse for Bibles and Gospel tracts and the printing presses he used to print his irreverent works was used to print Bibles. 

You can't stop the Word of God and you can trust it. 

It is crucial that we transfer this belief into the hearts of the next generation that is following us.  Let's look at a few ways you can do this.

Tell the next generation the Bible is the Word of God over and over and over and over...

I know a well known pastor who took a strong stand on the Bible being God's Word.  He traced his strong stand on the Bible all the way back to when he was a child.  Every night before going to bed, his mom would come and tuck him in.  She prayed with him and read a few Bible verses with him.  And then she held up the Bible and had him say this phrase over and over and over...the Bible is the Word of God! 

Show the next generation the proof that the Bible is God's Word.

Hundreds of prophecies fulfilled.

Endurance for thousands of years.

The Bible is self-authenticating.

People who gave up their life for saying the Bible is true.  People don't give their life for something they know is not true.

Take a look at some of the verses that agnostics say are errors.  Have kids work through those verses and come to the conclusion that the Bible is true.  We did this with the Pranksters Series.  We actually had kids look at verses and passages that atheists say are errors and find out for themselves why the verses are not errors.  You can get this teaching series here - Pranksters.

You can also reinforce that the Bible is God's Word with music.  When kids hear a song that emphasizes that the Bible is God's Word, then it helps impress this truth.  Check out this song that teaches kids that the Bible is true and you can trust it through and through.

Teach kids to memorize key verses/passages that will help them defend their faith.  The Bible tells us that we must be ready to give an answer when someone attacks the Word. 

Get tools and resources into the hands of parents, so they can disciple their children with the Bible.

Our faith hinges on the fact that the Bible is God's Word and you can trust it.  It must be a top priority to teach kids that they can trust it in all areas of life.

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