“If a child is engaged by a story nothing else competes” – Sally Lloyd-Jones
Stories are powerful we forget this, Jesus did not but we do. We get distracted by the shiny things that are intended to enhance stories not replace them. I know for me as someone who is a lover of technology and is an early adopter. Nothing replaces a good story. Never forget that. No icon, no game, no app replaces a story.
I watched Frozen with my kids over the Christmas break. It was hands down the best Disney Movie they have produced in decades. Why? Because the story was compelling. One of the most frustrating things that Hollywood does is make movies where they throw a bunch of animated animals on the screen saying a few random jokes and expect us to clamor. Why was Frozen so compelling? It wasn’t just a bunch of animators saying look what we can do. It was a compelling story that was supported by great animation.
One of the pitfalls of Children’s ministry is we tell so many bible stories we treat the bible like it is a story book or play script.
I am not trying to say every kids pastor treats the bible with irreverence. I am saying that when we are using the stories in the bible as a medium to communicate truth we can forget that those stories really happened.
How can we remember and reinforce the bible as a History book?
1. Preach from the bible to your kids. – Bring your bible on stage don’t just use story sheets.
2. Read the bible for yourself not just for your lesson plans.
3. Study the Bible – It is easy to just rehearse the stories you have learned dig deeper push yourself to learn more.
4. Communicate to your kids that what you are about to talk about really happened.
5. Check your beliefs: Do you believe the bible is true and actually happened.
The bible is a supernatural book. It will change your life. It will change the life your kids. Let it.