What’s your favorite story? I asked that question of some children yesterday and received a number of different responses. They also told me that they often read their favorite stories over and over again. Many of us do that simply because we enjoy our favorite stories.
After having my son read a paragraph from a story that they had never heard, I asked them why that paragraph didn’t make sense. We talked about the fact that they didn’t know the main characters, the main point of the story, or anything else so that they could make sense of it.
I did all this in order to explain to them that the Bible is one big story. It has a main character – God. It has a main point – God’s salvation for people. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. It is very helpful to look and the big story so that we can see how the different parts fit into the one big story.
What we did then was to read through a book entitled Biblical Theology for Kids! James Hamilton, a professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, wrote this with his son to help kids understand the big picture of what the Bible is all about.
It’s a very short and simple book, only 19 pages with pictures drawn by his 5 year old. It’s one of those books that you can have and read over and over with your child. You can download this little book, Biblical Theology for Kids!, to use with your family. I recommend it.