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One of the best ways to grow in your faith is to study the Word of God, and you’re never to young (or too old) to start. Over the past year or so, we’ve been using Grapevine Bible Studies in our home to teach Jenny how to study the Bible. She is at the point now where she is able to study the Bible on her own each day using a Grapevine study as her guide.
Teaching kids to be able to study the Bible on their own requires modeling and walking them through each step in the Bible study process. It is also imperative not to overwhelm them when you are teaching them to study the Bible, so finding a Bible study curriculum that is challenging yet at their level is crucial.
With so many Bible study options available, why do we use Grapevine?
I discovered Grapevine Bible Studies in early 2012, and I was instantly intrigued. Never before had I seen a Bible study curriculum that used stick figures as its illustrations. And not only that, but it had the students DRAWING the illustrations as they read through the Bible.
Stick figures are cool, but what about the Bible?
One of the things I LOVE about Grapevine is that they don’t write “topical” Bible studies.
Caveat: there is nothing wrong with a good topical study, but studying the Bible in a “big picture broken into bite-sized pieces” method is critical for forming a solid foundation and understanding of the Word of God.
I love that Grapevine starts with an overview of the entire text being studied before jumping into the bite-sized pieces. One of the key steps for studying a portion of Scripture is to understand the context in which it was written.
The overview in lesson one of the New Testament study from Grapevine starts with Adam and shows where the New Testament fits in the scope of history and God’s plan of redeeming mankind.
I do lesson one with Jenny, talking through each point on the timeline overview with her to help her understand the context of the Scripture she will be studying for the next several weeks.
After teaching kids how to determine the context of the Scripture they are going to be studying, Grapevine studies guide the kids through the text in bite-sized chunks.
Jenny does the “bite-sized chunk” lessons on her own. She looks up the passages for each drawing and then traces the drawing in her notebook. Once she gets to the “Lesson Review,” I check her answers to see if we need to go back and re-read any of the Scripture together to be sure she is understanding what she is reading.
Grapevine has several levels of Bible study to choose from depending on your child’s age and ability. Each level increase adds an element of Bible study to deepen your child’s understanding of the Scriptures.
Teaching kids to study the Bible on their own is important so that they are able to build a solid foundation of faith on the Word of God, not merely accepting what they hear taught at church and at home, but seeking out Truth for themselves with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.