What to Teach Young Children from the Bible
Young children can be taught the same Bible truths we adults hold dear, just in smaller pieces. Here is an illustration. Think about what you feed your little children. You give them the same food you eat except in smaller quantities and cut up into smaller pieces (or even blended). Now with the Bible, we can do the same thing. For example, the Bible teaches that Jesus is interceding for us in heaven right now (see Romans 8:34). Normally, we would think this is too complicated for young children to understand. But they can easily understand if you tell them, "Boys and girls, did you know that Jesus is talking to God about you right now?" In your Bible lesson, all your stories, crafts and activities can reinforce this truth over and over. As an adult, they may never remember when they learned, "Jesus is talking to God about me right now." But this will be the first thing that comes to mind when they need it most.
Young children need to learn about the character of God, before they learn about their responsibility to God. Once they understand His character, they will want to respond to Him with all their hearts. For example, when they understand that God is love, and that He loves them, they will respond to Him in love. 1 John 4:19 says, "We love Him because He first loved us" (NKJV). Good teaching material for young children will be full of truths about the goodness and love of God.
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