“Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” John 6:68
God’s word is our Source for life. It is a love story, written to us, His beloved. In His word, God explains how we came to this state of sinfulness and describes His plan to rescue us. As we read the love story, we can see the utter depth’s of His love for us and the great length’s He went to in securing our redemption from sin.
It is God’s word, the Bible, that shows us our need for a Savior and shows us the way to eternal life. As our children grow, we want them to have an ever-increasing understanding of God’s love for them. We want them to see their sin and their need for a Savior. We want them to be so overcome with gratitude for their rescue from death to life that their heart swells with love and faith in Christ.
But as Paul says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14
How do you share God’s words of eternal life with your children? In our house, we read and memorize Scripture. I quote it in daily conversation. With my oldest, I also have him read it by himself. When he first began to read, I highlighted a few of his favorite stories and put a tag on the page so he could find it. I also highlighted the passages we had memorized and tagged those as well.
I recently learned about a child bible training system that goes a few steps further than merely highlighting a few passages in the Bible: The Child Training Bible. This system helps parents easily locate the passages we want to read to teach our children about a particular behavioral or character issue. The kit comes with a bible, all the needed tags, highlighters and the code with accompanying bible verses. The code lists all the behavioral issues a parent might want to work on with their child and the coordinating passages to read and discuss. A few example topics include fear, anger, lying, and pride. The system is color coded so that each topic is organized by color. When you want to talk with your child about anger for example, you go to the colored tab for anger and read the passages that you’ve previously highlighted.
The kit provides not only the passages for each topic but also discussion questions, Glory in the Gospel questions, and Scripture prayer. We don’t want to simply show our children how they have disobeyed God’s word, we also want to show them how Jesus has freed them from their sins. In addition to using Scripture to point out a behavior in our children, this kit also includes tabs to highlight the Gospel. The law was designed to point us to our need for Christ. We can first show our children what the Bible has to say on various topics/behaviors and then lead them from the law to the grace of the gospel and to Christ’s death for their sins.
Once completed, the Bible will then look like this:
One reader will win their very own The Child Training Bible kit. Simply leave a comment below and you will be automatically entered. Random.org will randomly select the winner August 22 at 8:00pm EST. Update: Random.org selected Natalie as the winner of this giveaway. Congratulations, Natalie!
Disclaimer: I received my own training kit for free in exchange for this review.
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