Read Scriptures from a Bible translation children can understand. Guide the boys and girls in answering questions, then explain and share your response.
Treasures from God’s Word are your children’s most valuable heritage.
Preparing to Teach
Always pray before each session. Ask God to show you how he wants you to guide your children in the lesson for today. Ask him to help your children understand and receive his teachings.
I often told my children, as I taught them from God’s Word, something similar to this: “Sometimes you’re disappointed because your friends have things I can’t provide for you. But what I give you here is worth more than any of that. These are my treasures.” I didn’t want to just teach them principles and stories. I wanted them to teach them to treasure the the Bible, and show them how to dig into its riches.
Table of Contents
Introduction Lessons from Elijah Devotions for teaching children
Lesson 1: How big is God?
Lesson 2: What will we do?
Lesson 3: Will we be cowardly or courageous?
Lesson 4: Who is to blame?
Lesson 5: How can we know what is right?
Lesson 6: Are we willing to stand alone?
Lesson 7: Will God keep His Word?
Lesson 8: Will God really take care of us?
Lesson 9: Is God angry when we mess up?
Lesson 10: How do we prove who we really love?
Lesson 11: What if we haven’t obeyed God as we should?
Lesson 12: How does God talk to us today?
A Bible for children
I chose the Contemporary English Version as the default translation for the Lessons from Elijah links to BibleGateway.com Scriptures.
The Holy Bible Contemporary English Version Children’s Bible is recommended as a reading level for ages 9-12. I have The Learning Bible: Contemporary English Version, and its notes to explain meaning on every page, as well as colorful, informative illustrations, tables, charts and maps make it an excellent home study Bible for teenagers and adults. The “Learning Bible” edition is large and heavy, so it’s probably not the best choice to carry to church. Here is the version information published at BibleGateway.com for the CEV:
Uncompromising simplicity marked the American Bible Society’s translation of the Contemporary English Version Bible that was first published in 1995. The text is easily read by grade schoolers, second language readers, and those who prefer the more contemporized form. The CEV is not a paraphrase. It is an accurate and faithful translation of the original manuscripts.
It’s easy reading and accurate translation make the CEV an ideal version for children.
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