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November 28, 2013 / BTM

The Bible’s Big Picture for Young Children

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It’s easy for young children to think that the Bible is a series of stories about characters and events with God as a somewhat constant background character.  This is often how children’s Bible storybooks are set up.  But doing this waters down the Bible’s overarching message, and completely avoids the central theme that is interwoven throughout the Bible: the gospel.  This is a theme our kids need to understand completely.  If your children are quite young, I’ve learned of a few resources that are an excellent way for you to accomplish this.

I mentioned in my posts on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week that we’ve really changed the way we read and discuss the Bible in our house.  If your children are young and you feel they are not quite able to understand the activities I outlined in these posts, here are some suggested Bibles that do the work for you:

The Jesus Storybook Bible  We loved this Bible.  Each of the stories foreshadow the need of a coming Rescuer who is going to set things right.  The description for the book on is great:

The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible.  At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend.  Every story whispers his name.  From Noah to Moses to the great King David—every story points to him.  He is like the missing piece in a puzzle—the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together.

We found it did just that, and helped our children to begin to understand how the entire Bible links together and centres around Jesus, God’s plan for salvation.

The Big Picture Story Bible is another book I learned about through Amanda’s blog and I’ll post her review of the book here since she’s read it and I haven’t:

[…] the book is divided into chapters like God’s Big Promise, God’s People Grow and God’s People Become Great instead of individual stories.  In fact, it doesn’t even tell many popular stories because the focus is the over-arching story of the Bible and God’s people–not the individual events.

This book is to be read in order like an actual…you know, book!  As you read it, you see the, yes, big picture of the Bible.  You see how and why God created the world, how his people messed up and how God was positioning the world to receive Jesus.  It includes some big thoughts like Adam and Eve’s punishment, God’s judgement during Noah’s life and even Revelation’s end times and the New Heaven and New Earth.

I hope you’ll consider adding one of these to your children’s library.  You won’t regret it!  If you know about other resources like these, leave me a comment, or send me an email.


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  1. Shannon / Dec 4 2013 9:42 pm

    We have The Jesus Storybook Bible and it’s nice to read a Bible where the stories are all connected to the life of Jesus. It also helps my son realize that the Bible stories aren’t just separate little stories, but rather one big story. Last night we read about David and Goliath and tonight about David the Psalmist…. and my 4 year old son said “Hey, there are TWO stories about ONE boy! Why mommy?” He is starting to grasp that these characters are actual people in God’s history and play a role in the redemption story.

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