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Monday, April 14, 2008

Helping Your Child Find His Way Around The Bible, Part 1

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All of this talk about holding family devotions kind of assumes that one knows his or her way around the Bible. There’s certainly nothing wrong with learning the layout of the book along with your child. Though awkward at first, finding the books of the Bible will get easier the more you use it. Practice makes perfect, just like with anything else.

There are a variety of things you can do to help your child learn his way around. Since we just talked about learning styles, you can incorporate what you know about how your child learns with how to teach the books of the Bible.
Children of even very young ages can learn the order of the books of the Bible. I remember a five year old Sunday school class receiving a standing ovation for singing the order of the Bible before a group of parents. Look for Bible sing-alongs in such products as Wee Sing Bible Songs. There’s usually two songs, one broken into the Old Testament, the other the New.

Older children may appreciate a more “sophisticated” style of music, so try reading the books of the Bible out loud using rhythm, as found in the rap style of music. You can break the Bible down into its divisions to make it easier to find a rhythm that works.

Old Testament - establishing God’s sovereignty
The books of Moses (otherwise known as the Pentateuch): Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
History of early Israel (the next twelve books): Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
Poetry: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs
Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel
Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi

New Testament - establishing the hope in Christ
The Gospels (the Good News of Jesus): Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
History of the early church: Acts
Letters of the Apostle Paul: Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
General letters: Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, Jude
Revelation, the last book of the Bible

Singing or rapping together the books of the Bible can be a lot of fun, and a good way of both memorizing Scripture and making the most out of family devotion time. We’ll look at other fun ways of helping our children learn their way around the Bible tomorrow.

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