Explore the Bible: Kids will help answer another pressing concern in churches today. We have heard, “We need a curriculum that gives kids an opportunity to dig deep into their open Bibles.” Many church leaders struggle with a seeming lack of biblical literacy among the children in our classes. Explore the Bible: Kids will help you give kids a focused understanding of the Bible. After all it is called “Explore the Bible.” You will see how these connections will be made in future blog posts about cross-referencing stories and object-based learning, but let’s take a moment and discover why kids need to study each book of the Bible.
Why would kids want to study the same passages their siblings, parents, and grandparents may be studying? How are you going to handle those tough passages of Scripture? Everybody knows that the Bible is full of passages that are difficult for kids to understand the truth within the text. The great thing about God’s Word is that He didn’t just give us isolated passages that only biblical scholars can figure out, He gave us ALL of His Word. The Bible proves itself over and over and through our use of cross-referencing kids will study a familiar story that will help them understand a concept that may be more difficult to understand.
Here’s an example: The entire first quarter of study for Explore the Bible: Kids is in the Book of Hebrews. Yes! Hebrews! That’s 13 sessions of finding out who Jesus is, why Jesus came to earth, and why it is important that Jesus became human to become our perfect sacrifice and forever High Priest. Explore the Bible: Kids will start with a study in Hebrews, then use a more familiar narrative story that helps to give kids a better understanding of what they just read and studied in Hebrews. Then kids will come back to Hebrews and apply the truth they just discovered right there! Kids will interact with Scripture in a way that will give them the confidence to use God’s Word on a daily basis and will give teachers and parents a plan to start deeper theological discussions.