As parents it is our responsibility to teach our children to not only read the Bible, but also how to study it and apply it to their lives. One of my favorite ways to study the Bible is by completing a word study. When I’m struggling in a certain area or when God lays a word on my heart, I love to dig into God’s word and see what all it has to say about it.
There are a few reasons that I believe teaching Bible word study to kids is important.
You’re able to address behavioral issues (and more!) through God’s word.
When kids hear their parents tell them no regarding their behavior, sometimes they think it’s just because we don’t like what they’re doing. They don’t realize that we’re actually training them according to God’s word. By teaching Bible word study to your children you are showing them what God has to say about their behavior.
They will practice (or learn) how to use a dictionary and a concordance.
When teaching Bible word study to our children, we must ensure that they know the correct definition of the word they’re studying. Often times they don’t actually know what the word means and that will hinder their understanding of God’s word and they’ll not be able to apply it to their lives correctly.
A concordance is a wonderful tool that our children need to know how to use. All too often we rely on search engines to pull up the verses we want. Before you begin teaching your children how to complete a Bible word study get a concordance (I recommend the Cruden’s Complete Concordance) and teach them how to use it.
You’re teaching them how to research.
Throughout their lives our children will need to research many things. From book reports to employment opportunities, there are countless reasons
your children need to know how to research.
Getting started with a Bible word study is easy and it can be a wonderful bonding time with your children as you study God’s word together! Try
taking turns studying different words together and watch what God does in and through both of you!
- Pray about what word you need to study with your child.
- Get a notebook for each of you and keep it dedicated to Bible word studies.
- Set aside time each day to work together on your Bible word study.
- Ensure you pray together at the end of your daily Bible study time regarding what both of you learned that day.
3 of the 4 items that I recommend having on hand for Bible word studies are probably in your home already; notebooks, pens, colored pencils (for highlighting verses or color coding similar word studies) and the free printable Bible word study pack that you can download below.
It is my prayer that as you begin to complete Bible word studies with your children that you are blessed as you see them growing in God’s word,
learning new skills and becoming the Godly man and/or woman that God created them to be!
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Misty is a Daughter of THE King, Texas girl always, Navy brat at heart, loving Fisherman’s wife, blessed homeschooling mother of 2, author of Beautiful Ashes and founder of Year Round Homeschooling. She is passionate about being real throughout all of life’s struggles, successes and dreams. Her heart is full of ideas and passions, but the hours in her day never multiply to get it all done. Misty loves writing and reading in her spare time. Music and photography are favorite past times of hers as well. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+ and Blog Lovin.