Children are wired to be oral. If you have preschoolers you’ll likely hear their pleas not to just tell a story, but to tell it again! In Truth That Sticks, Avery Willis and I wrote, “The world is doing a better job of discipling our children to popular culture than the church does in discipling them to Christ” (p. 151). One church in Arkansas is working to counter that truism. They purchased a license from me for every family with children to have “Family Time Devotions” for one year. The idea was that ideally each Dad was to tell one Bible story every week for a year and then discuss its meaning.
Telling Bible stories to children begins their life of faith and facts. They grow up having a deeper appreciation for God’s Word. At Easter this year, I storied the Crucifixion and Resurrection story for my granddaughter. Meanwhile, her mother, grandmother, and great grandparents listened in. They each chimed in from time to time adding details they loved in the story and wanted to be sure that I included. Sometimes they helped me catch a term that I glossed over such as “centurion.” Storying the Bible with children is a privilege!
We already know that lower-literacy adults who hear Bible stories crave reading the Bible for themselves and are often motivated to improve their reading skills. The same is true with children. If they already know many of the Bible stories, it helps them read the literacy levels of the Bible much quicker, too. Bible stories can be told on car rides, camping adventures, and at sporting events. Wherever life happens when you can have quality conversation time, children not only find a told Bible story interesting, but it deepens their relationship with the Lord as well as you.
So don’t be shy to gather children around you and say, “Hey, kids, have you heard the story about….”