Bible Skills

  1. Teach the breadth and depth of the whole counsel of God

    Teach the breadth and depth of the whole counsel of God

    Imagine your children twenty years from now. Will they be thoroughly acquainted with the Scriptures? Will they have the necessary tools to properly study the Bible? Will they have a deep understanding of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith?  The third of the seven commitments featured in the book Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of the Next Generation focuses on teaching the whole counsel of God.
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  2. Children Guided by 2 Timothy 2:15

    Children Guided by 2 Timothy 2:15

    The focus of the Truth78 conference this month is "Biblical Literacy for the Next Generation." What is at stake in cultivating biblical literacy for the next generation? Consider this exhortation from David and Sally Michael from an earlier conference message and what the implications are for children who would be guided by 2 Timothy 2:15: ... More

  3. Four Compelling Reasons to Use a Printed Bible When Teaching

    Four Compelling Reasons to Use a Printed Bible When Teaching

    There's a place for using a digital form of Scripture, whether it be on a device, PowerPoint, etc. and there are times and situations where digital may be preferred and beneficial, but in the classroom and for our children’s personal study and devotions, I believe the printed Word is preferable. ... More

  4. Training Children to Study the Bible

    Training Children to Study the Bible

    At Truth78, we talk a lot about the need for “biblical literacy” for the next generation. But biblical literacy is more than just acquainting children with as much of the biblical text as possible. Yes, reading through the entire Bible by the time they reach adulthood is a worthy goal for our children. But we must also train them in how to study the Bible. What’s the difference, and why is it important? Joe Carter has provided a really helpful article on this topic.

    …while encouraging our children to read the Bible and teaching them how to do it well are necessary tasks, they are not sufficient for spiritual development. We also need to teach them how to study Scripture so that they “may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17).

    …Two key differences between reading and study are pacing and focus. When we read the Bi ... More

  5. What’s Absolutely Astonishing in Your Classroom?

    What’s Absolutely Astonishing in Your Classroom?

    Children’s and youth ministry can be characterized by many different kinds of activities and programs. It’s often tempting to focus much of our weekly planning on things like being sufficiently staffed, offering fun activities, and providing child-friendly worship music, a Bible lesson, and a snack. All of these things are good—in right measure. ... More

  6. How to Launch and Sustain a Church-Wide Bible Memory Program

    How to Launch and Sustain a Church-Wide Bible Memory Program

    The start of a new year is a popular time to commit afresh to Bible reading and Scripture memory. We believe that our Fighter Verse™ program is a wonderful tool for encouraging and sustaining Bible personal Bible memory. But did you know it was originally designed to also be used in the context of a larger church community? Pursuing a shared goal has one big benefit: stronger biblical community. ... More

  7. Getting Your Class Excited about Reading the Bible

    Getting Your Class Excited about Reading the Bible

    Let’s face it: trying to get the children in your classroom excited about engagement with the Scriptures can be difficult. It just doesn’t seem as “fun” as doing other things. Plus, for a teacher, leading the class to actually read and study texts can be a laborious process. What do you do when you have a classroom full of wiggly, distracted first-graders who are just learning to read? What Bible study goals are realistic for your fourth graders?  How can you help a child that isn’t from a Christian home and has no prior acquaintance with the Bible? ... More

  8. Doing God's Word, for Change

    Doing God's Word, for Change

    But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing (James 1:22-25). ... More

  9. How to Teach the Books of the Bible

    Teachers, are you looking for a fun and creative activity to help your younger elementary students learn the books of the Bible? Learning this important skill will help children become more proficient in searching for, and finding, Scripture verses in their own Bibles. Try this simple activity in your classroom. ... More

  10. On the Top of Every List

    School supplies are everywhere these days. Most schools give parents lists — sometimes really long ones! — of supplies their children will need for the first day of school. As a longtime Sunday school teacher, I would like to give parents a list for their children’s Sunday school class. You’ll be very happy to know that there is only one item on that list: a Bible. Not a storybook Bible. Not a New Testament and Psalms. The full Scriptures, Old and New Testaments. ... More