Tested and True
Pick a very sturdy chair and ask one of the kids to sit in it. After he gets up, ask if anyone else is willing to sit in the chair. Continue “trying out” the chair.
Why were you willing to sit in the chair? (I thought it would hold me; she sat in it first and it held her; etc.)
Read Psalm 12:6-7.
What does this tell us God’s words are like? (Pure words, like silver tried in a furnace)
How long will God preserve His words? (Forever!)
God’s words are pure (right) they have been tried and found to be true—without mistakes. People have believed God’s Word for thousands of years and it is still true today. The bestselling book of all time is the Bible!
Wishing or Faith?
Make some cupcakes and put a candle in each one. Light the candles and invite kids to make a wish. While you are eating the cupcakes, talk about faith in God and His Word.
It’s fun to make a wish and hope that something good is going to happen. Is faith in God and His Word like wishing when you blow out your birthday candle? Why or why not? (Listen for their thoughts!)
Faith in God’s Word is based on evidence. Eyewitnesses who were still alive when the Bible was written and fulfilled prophecy (things were written about Jesus BEFORE He was born) are just two evidences that the Bible is true. We can be confident that God’s Word is true and God will do what He says He will do!
Find and Live Truth
Every Christian parent wants their children to believe in and love God. How to do that? There are no easy answers and children do have questions and doubts about God and things that happen in the world. When a young woman, Nicole (who is now an atheist) asked her believing mom, “Did Jesus really rise from the dead?” Her mom replied, “Nicole, don’t be difficult.” Encourage questions. Even if you don’t know the answer, be honest and look it up together. (There are TONS of great apologetic websites. Google your question and find some answers. Answers in Genesis (https://answersingenesis.org) is a great site with videos and answers. Timothy Paul Jones has a great series on how we got our Bible (www.timothypauljones.com).
To build faith in God and His Word, find some great books and read them together—The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Case for Christ for Kids by Lee Strobel.
The best way to help our kids to know God is day by day living out your faith and love for God!