Are you wanting to study the Bible with your children but don’t know where to begin? First and foremost,… “Way to go, Mama!!” Getting into God’s Word is what you and your kiddos need so, very much! Therefore, it’s my genuine prayer that this post will be encouragement to you!
Which Study should I choose? Gals, don’t worry about finding that perfect devotional. Nor do you need to spend money on the latest New York Bestseller… Instead, grab that Bible, pray, and just start reading together. Seriously! This may sound simplistic, or possibly a little bit intimidating, but it’s where we need to be. In those pages. Now, please know that Devotionals are wonderful! But they are only a supplement. NOTHING is needed more than God’s Word. Of all the many words we take-in each day (social media, news, our anxious thoughts, etc), our hearts and minds need His the most. (Col 3:2; 16-17)
How do I answer their questions? You don’t need to have answers to every question, Momma…You’ll be teaching them how to study! This will be setting a foundation for them! It not only shows them that the Bible is accessible for them, but that they too can ask questions…and find them! Sister, when your son or daughter has an inquiry, simply say, “That’s a great question! Let’s pray and then do some research!” God will help you on this journey (James 1:5)! Whether it’s through a Bible Dictionary, the study notes in your ESV, NASB, NLT, etc or in a Commentary, God will help you discern how to approach a text. What’s beautiful here is that you are teaching your children how to learn alongside you! Reading the Bible is not just for our Pastors and Seminary Professors…God provided the Bible for all of us!
Where to begin in the Bible? That’s a great question! Beginning in Matthew or John would be a wonderful places to start… and yet no matter where you begin, you will be in His Word. That’s the most important place to be! Another place to begin, is reading one Psalm at a time. If you wanted to be adventurous, you could make a goal to memorize that Psalm together as a family! This would provide truth to think upon…especially in a difficult situation. If you do not have a Bible, BibleGateway has several versious to choose from as well as commentaries.
How do I read it? The important elements to remember when opening the Bible is to not take verses in isolation (“cherry-picking”). Instead, read whole paragraphs or chapters. Single verses might be misinterpreted when taken out of their context; therefore, read the paragraph to get the main idea being presented. As you read, you will notice how crucial the Old Testament is as resource for interpreting the New Testament. Both the Old and the New Testaments need one another as to speak to the Gospel. To assist in this incredible journey, you will find video resources included below Jesus, the Gospel, Jesus’s Resurrection, the sufficiency of the Bible, essential Christian Doctrine, how to teach the Bible, and more…
Sisters, we need to pause and remember that Truth isn’t made by human hands nor derived by the philosophies of men or women. Simply and boldly stated, Truth is not a “what,” but a “who!” Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through” Jesus. (John 14:6) As much as our old nature wants to control and manipulate what is true, no thing nor person has either the capability nor the authority to change Truth. But you can be 100% certain that Truth changes any heart He touches! And our children desperately need to be pointed to Truth. The way to do that is by getting into His Word! Moms (and Dads), God’s got this!
Reading the Bible
Who is Jesus?
What is the Gospel?
Trust God’s Word
Apologetics and our Children
In addition to watching these videos, please check-out the following resources regarding apologetics for parents:
- Natasha Craine www.natashacrain.com
- J Warner Wallace’s “Cold Christianity for Kids” 📔
- Mama Bear Apologetics 📔
- Lee Strobel’s “Case for Christ/Creator/Faith” Books
- Answers in Genesis “Answers for Kids”
- All the Things Podcast w/ Krista Bontrager and Monique Duson
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God[a] may be complete, equipped for every good work.”2 Timothy 3:16-17
3 – continents (Europe, Asia, Africa)
3- languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek)
- Bible- What is it?
- Bible- Is the Bible True?
- Bible- The Bible and Science
- Bible- How much is inspired by God?
- Bible- Full of contradictions?
- Bible- The uniqueness of the Bible
- Bible- Genesis, the first Book of the Bible
- Bible- Adam and Eve
- Bible- Archeology
- Bible- Bible Characters
- Bible- History
- Bible- Is the Bible enough?
- Bible- Bible Study (Biblical Authority Study and Hebrew Word Study)
- Bible- The Gospel
- Bible- Bible Timeline
- Bible- Hell
- Bible- Hermeneutics
- Bible- Word of God
- Bible- Is the Bible accurate?
What is Essential Christian Doctrine?
Matthew 4:4 But Jesus answered (Satan), “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Acts 17:11-12 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the (OT) Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Galatians 1:6-7, 10 “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
1 Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written,
2 John 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
2 Peter 2:1-3 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
Isaiah 55:11 So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Hebrews 4:12-14 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
Matthew 4:4 But He (Jesus) answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Jeremiah 23:29 Is not my word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Matthew 22:29 But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.
Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
Proverbs 4:20-23 My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
Isaiah 55:8-11 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
James 1:23-25 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
Matthew 7:24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
2 Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
John 7:37-38 On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
John 5:39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,
Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Luke 11:27-28 As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Revelation 22:18-19 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense (apologia) to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.