“God loved the world so much that He gave His One and Only Son.” John 3:16
Young children love to hear stories – bed time stories, stories from books, make-believe stories, silly stories, real stories about when they were born, etc. But there is ONE story that every child needs to hear: the story of how God loves His children and sent His Son to be their hero. God’s story is full of adventure, colorful characters, plot twists, and a happily ever after ending. Best of all, God’s story is real and true.
The best way to introduce your child to God’s Story is by reading an age-appropriate Bible together. Here are some Bibles we recommend for preschoolers:
Recommended for younger preschoolers:
Equipped with a great children’s Bible, consider these important concepts as you share God’s Story with your preschooler:
- The Bible is God’s special book. It different from other books because it comes from God and teaches us about God.
- The Bible is one big story. Even though we tend to focus on one story at a time with young children, all these individual stories are all telling one BIG story – the story of Jesus. Sally-Lloyd Jones, the author of The Jesus Storybook Bible writes, “At the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his (Jesus’) name.”
- The Bible is about God and what God has done. Some people think the Bible is a book of rules. Other people think the Bible is a book about great heroes of the faith, examples we need to follow. While the Bible does have important rules and stories of heroic people, that is not what the Bible is primarily about. The Bible is mainly about God and what God is doing. When you read Bible stories with your child, focus on what the story teaches us about God and God’s character.
The next time your child asks you to read them a story, we encourage you to open the Bible and share God’s Amazing Story with them. It’s a Story that can transform their hearts and shape their lives forever.