"43% of Christians cannot name the first 5 books of the Bible."
"50% of high school seniors think Sodom and Gomorrah are husband and wife."
"60% of Americans cannot name 5 of the 10 commandments."
I read these stats recently and it sparked a fire in me to develop a deeper love for the Word in children and, quite frankly, in me!! The Bible ought to be the authoritative book in the life of a Christian. It should be our primary focus so we think and meditate on it throughout each day! Legacy is all about teaching the Word to the next generation so here are 5 resources I find helpful in accomplishing this:
1. Send out a mailer. I like these postcards from christiancliparts.net because I'm a visual learner. These graphics are just so clean and sweet! Send these to your students and they won't be the only ones to benefit. Hopefully their whole family will take a look and learn the verses!
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2. Hightlight scripture. Have you ever asked your students to take out their Bibles and heard a collective, "ugh?" In this digital age, I still like to physically flip through pages and highlight scripture. I'm so cruel! I tell my class, "This scripture we just learned? Now YOU get to look it up and highlight it in YOUR own Bible!" They like taking ownership. A small investment in these dry pencil highlighters will be worth it. Present them to your students as prizes! Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Bible-Pencil-Highlighting-colors-2607-4/dp/B003AHIK7U
3. Simply read the Bible as a story. Kids love stories! I vividly remember the day my mom told me I was old enough to read to myself before bed. That day is marked in my life because I loved having her read to me so much! Be that exciting teacher who says, "Today I'm going to tell you the coolest adventure story and guess what? Everything in this story is true! Are you ready to hear it?" Yes, please.
Available here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Jesus-Storybook-Bible-Whispers/dp/0310708257
4. Sing a song. Obadiah. Where's Obadiah? Let me quick sing the song I learned when I was 10 in my head and... yep, there it is. Right after Amos. It's easy to remember songs. Some I wish I could forget! You may already do this, but make sure your students know all 66 books of the Bible by the time they graduate your class. There are countless youtube videos to help you!