Any good coach knows that you never stop practicing the basics. Peyton Manning can be seen throwing pass after pass before every football game, Larry Bird never stopped practicing free throws, and Derek Jeter still takes batting practice. Why? Repetition keeps the basics sharp. How sharp are your kids’ Bible basics?
A recent Pew study revealed that Protestants trail atheists in their knowledge of the Bible, church history, world religions and religion in public life (Christianpost.com, October 2010). That is incredible!
So what can you do?
Get them throwing a pass before every game, taking batting practice, and hitting free throws. I know your time is short and you want to be relational, practical, and relevant – not to mention fun. Where do Bible basics fit?
- Always teach from a Bible, even if the scripture is written in the curriculum.
- Get your kids into the Bible too, finding scripture and reading it themselves.
- Remember the Bible is one big story, God’s story. Every story in the Bible tells us something about God. Help your kids discover what that is.
- The Bible is Truth – say that often!
- Be relational – practical – relevant – fun but keep it Bible centered.
Why does it matter so much?
Because childhood is the best opportunity for making a spiritual impact.
It is during those years that people develop their frames of reference for the remainder of their life – especially theologically and morally. Consistently explaining and modeling truth principles for young people is the most critical factor in their spiritual development. (Evangelism is Most Effective Among Kids, 2004, www.barna.com).