Presentaion of the Bible
"Presentation of the Bible" PDF
Children need direct access to the Bible right from the start! The Bible is foundational to who we are as people of God and is critical to faith formation. As adults we have the privilege of nurturing faith and helping children recognize God’s presence in their lives. Too often we try to explain the Bible to children in childlike ways but through adult lenses. Instead, let’s discover the Bible together and allow them to encounter God’s word and claim it in their own way.
We needn’t be worried that the child is not old enough to understand the Bible. Children bring all that they have learned and experienced in their short lives to any situation. They actively construct their own understanding and make sense of it at any given stage of development. Each time a child hears a Bible story, it’s a new adventure. Let’s hope they will have many, many encounters with that same story, made fresh and new each time — right through adulthood! To withhold the Bible from children until they understand it is to deny their spiritual nature as a full partner in the body of Christ and to ignore their active role in the on-going story of salvation.