Continuing on the topic of going back to the basics in regards to the Bible…
The Bible will never become irrelevant unless we as leaders make it irrelevant. It’s not just a good idea. It’s not just a collection of stories—it’s God’s word and represents the foundation of our faith. The American church—if not careful—could be faced with a Biblical illiterate generation. Is it up to the children’s pastor to fix this dilemma? Maybe not, but we’re passionate for children and families and it should be our heart and desire to do everything in our power to help kids understand the power of the Bible.
Perhaps part of the issue is that we’re not sure how to make the Bible come alive. Could it be that the Bible does not excite us anymore? That should be an honest question we all ask ourselves eventually. In the meantime, how do we teach the Bible so kids want to hear more?
It first starts with us as leaders. We need to not be scared to speak of the Bible’s importance. When speaking of the Bible there should be excitement and anticipation in our voices. Make the Bible exciting. A great example of this can be found on Vimeo with Kids on the Move (fast forward to minute 21:00). This is a great example of making a Bible passage pop.
What are some creative ways you read the Bible or stress its importance? Bible memorization is not “old school.” Bible challenges are needed. Even if parents are not willing to do their part, as children’s pastors we have been commissioned to do all we can to get the Bible inside the hearts and minds of children.
What say you?