What Kids Need to Know About the Bible

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The first thing kids need to know about the Bible is that it is relevant to them and their lives. The Bible was written:

[…] to teach his people how to live—how to act in every circumstance, for he wanted them to be understanding, just, and fair in everything they did. I want to make the simpleminded wise! he said. I want to warn young men about some problems they will face. I want those already wise to become wiser and become leaders by exploring the depths of meaning in these nuggets of truth.

Proverbs 1:2–6 TLB

Kids need to know what the Psalmist said:

Your words are a flashlight to light the path ahead of me and keep me from stumbling.

Psalm 119:105 TLB

Kids need to know the Bible is the most valuable book ever written to every generation. The Bible shows us who God is, His character and His Son. It is God’s revelation to man showing him how to live today and how to gain eternal life in the future. It also reveals what to avoid that will cause pain, suffering, chaos, and confusion. It lays out history, explains what works and what doesn’t work today and it tells us what is going to happen in the future. It’s a book that gives man hope and comfort in his darkest hours.

Kids need to know that the Bible is reliable and trustworthy. History, archeology, and even science continue to lend credibility to the Bible’s claims about itself. Christian apologist Josh McDowell says:

There is more evidence for the reliability of the text of the New Testament as an accurate reflection of what was initially written than there is for any ten pieces of classical literature (such as Shakespeare’s plays or Greek classics) put together.

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The Bible is unique and doesn’t claim to be just an ordinary book. It is a collection of 66 different books: 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament. It was written by more than 40 different people in three different languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. The writers include peasants, fishermen, doctors, scholars, tax collectors, politicians, philosophers, and kings. But the Bible is much more than all of this. It reveals God and how we can know Him.

George R. Beasely-Murray sums up the value of the Bible this way: In a universe where the footprints of God can be discerned in the heavens above and on the earth beneath, in human history and in personal experience, the most transparent testimony to God remains the Bible. Kids need to know that.

Kids need to know the value of memorizing portions of the Bible.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:11 KJV

And they also need to know the importance of personal Bible Study.

Work hard so God can say to you, Well done. Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed when God examines your work. Know what his Word says and means.

2 Timothy 2:15 TLB

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