Welcome back to ‘Tips For Speaking To Children’! This is part two of a three part series. One more part is yet to come. I believe these tips will help anyone who has children of their own or has an opportunity to work with or speak with children in any capacity.
STUDY THE SCRIPTURES:
It is important to help develop in children a reverence and respect for God’s Word. you can do this by how you handle the Bible. Don’t throw it around or put it on the floor, hold it reverently letting the children see what a very special book it is to you! Even if you know the verse by heart, still open the bible to that verse and read it from there. This helps to communicate to the children how very special and important God’s Word is to you.
It is essential that you study Scripture, so you know the importance of what you are sharing. Make sure your Scripture is in context. To share a simple truth with children you need to have a really good grasp of what it means yourself. Do word studies; find other related verses; look at the original Greek / Hebrew meanings. Condense what you have learned into bite size children’s portions. you may not get to share everything you have learned, but forming the basis of what you do share, will be all that you have studied. It is very hard to share a truth simply, when you are not convinced of it yourself.
We are to give children nuggets from God’s Word. Once you have had a chicken nugget you develop a flavor for chicken! Wanting eventually the whole chicken and not just the nuggets. No one would think of giving a small child a whole chicken to eat, they are just not ready for that yet! But you can give them some nuggets! That is what we are to do, Then they will become hungry for the whole of God’s Word later. You are going to find the nuggets by knowing the whole chicken!
BE AS CREATIVE AS YOU CAN BE:
Usually no idea is too wild!!! The more unusual the better! The unusual and unlikely, grips the hearts, minds and imaginations of children, they usually remember such things. Jesus did and does the miraculous and unusual, these things stick with us as they did with the disciples. Be very visual in all you do with children!
Ask questions of the children, that will help determine just how much of what you have shared they have understood.
How can we do what it says in this verse?
What might stop us from doing that?
What do you think this means for you today?
Feedback and questions help to give children a framework for taking what they have learned and applying it in their lives’. These are good questions to be asking ourselves too, as we study God’s Word.
Many blessings to you as you have the blessed opportunity to work with children,