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“Pray for him! Now!
”I was sitting in bed, sipping a mug of chamomile tea, when I was suddenly seized with this urgent impulse to pray for a friend. It was so urgent, in fact, that I threw back the covers & immediately knelt down by my bed.
“Father,” I whispered, “what am I supposed to pray?” I hadn’t seen this friend in a while. I had no clue how he was doing or why he might need prayer. But I had recently finished studying the Armor of God in Ephesians 6. So I took what I had just learned and plunged into prayer. I went through each piece of the armor, asking God to guide my friend in understanding & applying each one. And, as I said “amen” and climbed back into bed, I realized how valuable my Bible study had been!
You probably also know the value of Bible study. But have you taught your kids to study the Bible? Summer is the perfect time to do it! And in case you’re wondering how to engage your wiggly, distracted kiddos in Bible study, I’ve got a couple of super-practical tips for you!Study the Bible with your kids this summer! Check out this FREE Armor of God guide! Click To Tweet
Start with prayer.
Ask God for His help as you begin! He can guide you as you lead the study. And He can catch your kids’ interest and open their understanding (Ephesians 1:18).
Choose a couple of songs that go along with your topic. If you’re not musically talented, you can always play a YouTube video. Try to choose songs that are easy to sing, but meaningful. If you’re studying the Armor of God with your kids, I’d recommend “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus,” “Faith is the Victory,” “I’m in the Lord’s Army,” or “The Banner of the Cross.” Music is incredibly memorable! Your kids are likely to remember the songs, even if they don’t remember anything else. So choose well!
Catch their attention.
Begin your study with something that catches your kids’ interest & attention. It may be a picture or object. It may be an activity. It may be a question. If you’re teaching the Armor of God, you could start by asking, “Could you run through the rain without getting wet?” Then point out that it could be done, if you had the right kind of equipment (like an umbrella). And from there, you can dive into why the Christian needs to wear God’s armor.
Read the Bible.
Don’t make the mistake of “studying the Bible” without actually opening it. Even if your kids don’t understand everything, they will benefit from hearing the Word of God. Familiarize them with it by opening it & reading it to them. It doesn’t have to be long. Just choose one short passage for your study. And then read it! If you’re teaching the Armor of God, you could read Ephesians 6:10-18.
Help them understand the Bible.
Identify the most important concept that you want your kids to understand & remember from the Scripture. Then be sure to explain that concept very simply. Tell them alternate words that are simpler, shorter, or more common. Give definitions for terms or big words. Use illustrations from your kids’ everyday lives to help them relate to the concepts. Terms that I would explain from the Armor of God include “righteousness,” “salvation,” & “peace.”
A picture is worth a thousand words. Be sure to find pictures that go along with your Bible study. I try to include 2-4 different pictures in any given lesson! If you’re teaching the Armor of God, Rose Publishing offers a great full-color poster of a Roman soldier!
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What’s better than a picture? A 3-D object! I like to hide objects inside a bag. Kids LOVE the fun suspense of seeing what might come out of the bag. For the Armor of God, you could use a belt or shoes, or a plastic toy sword from the dollar store.
Do an active review.
To review & conclude, do an activity that involves movement—because movement will help your kids remember what they’ve learned! It could be as simple as filling in a worksheet or a coloring page. It could be a craft or game that has to do with the topic you studied. The options are limitless! If you’re interested in studying the Armor of God with your kids this summer, I offer a free email series that includes 6 different types of activities (including themed snacks, craft templates, & review games) to help the Armor of God stick in your kids’ brains! Plus, you’ll get free printable lesson plans for each piece of armor. Interested?
And be encouraged!
Even though it may be hard, you are doing the right thing by studying God’s Word with your kids. God promises that His word won’t return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). So study the Bible with your kids this summer!
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