The Bible is One Story
How familiar are our children with the Bible, God’s Word? Do they know Noah? Ruth? David? Jesus? Do they understand that the Bible is not a book of stories that have lessons on how to live? Do they know that the entire Bible, all 66 books, is actually only one story: the story of God’s plan of salvation to bring us back to him? Here are some ideas to tie the entire Bible together:
Play OT or NT. Say a Bible person, an event, a book, or a verse, and ask “Old Testament or New Testament?” Then decide if the story happened in the Old Testament or the New Testament. Many children have limited sensing of the difference between the two testaments.
Create a timeline for Bible people. Write the Bible person’s name on a notecard, draw a picture or symbol for the person, and hang up the cards in chronological order. Play “I Spy” with the cards, using before and after clues. (“I’m thinking of a man who lived before King David but after Abraham.”)
Our children need to know the Bible! They need our help to not only to meet the individual people in the Bible, but also to see the grandness of God’s plan of salvation! When you read Bible stories with your family, link the Bible stories to Jesus. One book that will help is The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Rev. Tim Keller writes, “'I would urge not just families with young children to get this book, but every Christian--from pew warmers, to ministry leaders, seminarians and even theologians! Sally Lloyd-Jones has captured the heart of what it means to find Christ in all the scriptures, and has made clear even to little children that all God's revelation has been about Jesus from the beginning--a truth not all that commonly recognized even among the very learned.”