“Jesus said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’” ~Mark 10: 14 & 15~
The truths of God are so unsearchable that scholarly men have spent lifetimes plumbing their depths, yet so simple that even a child can receive them. In the verses above, Jesus reminds us that not only are we to embrace the faith of a child. We also have a responsibility to help children find their way to Jesus.
Many of us have done this by teaching Sunday School, Backyard Bible Clubs, and Vacation Bible School. I remember attending Child Evangelism Fellowship camp when I was seventeen (Can it really be thirty-three years ago?), to learn how to teach a Bible lesson and tell a missionary story.
Back then, the CEF leaders gave us on-the-job training by dropping us off in a neighborhood to approach kids and share the Wordless Book with them. Though this technique wouldn’t work in today’s world, it provided great experience. I can still recall the incredible thrill when a little girl listened to me share the Gospel and said that she wanted to pray to receive Christ!
Ever since those days, I’ve loved checking out the creative tools folks come up with to make the Bible clear to kids. So I jumped at the chance to review My First Hands-On Bible from Tyndale Kids. This little Bible has now become one of my favorites for sharing with kids in their preschool and early elementary years.
MFHOB is special because it’s the only preschool Bible with actual Bible text. This book also provides features that help emphasize the focus of each Bible passage. Here’s an example: A reading from Luke 15:11-24, the section about the prodigal son, is called A Son Runs Away. After the reading . . .
- The Jesus Connection reminds kids that “we can come to Jesus by asking Him to forgive us when we’ve done something wrong.”
- Cuddles the lamb says, “Pretend you’re the lost son. When I clap my hands and say, ‘Come home,’ run to me for a big hug.”
- The All Gone activity is to have your child draw on a paper towel with a washable marker, then run the paper towel under water. Show your child that the drawing is all gone and relate that to how God forgives us and makes the bad things we do disappear.
- A Let’s Talk question states: “Talk about a time you disobeyed. God loves you even when you do wrong things.”
- And this is part of the prayer Pockets the kangaroo shares, “Dear God, thank you that you love us like the father loved his son.”
This Bible makes a great gift, ministry tool, or teaching tool. Thanks to Tyndale Kids for providing a free copy for me to review. I’ll be using it with my little niece and nephew and any other kids who come my way! You can purchase My First Hands-On Bible at this link.
And a few more photos from our 2011 VBS—just because it was such a great week!