2nd Grade Kickstarter: An Invitation to the Bible
Second graders are reading independently, so this is the perfect time to help them engage in the Book that will change their lives:
the Bible. Most of us, as adults, struggle with reading the Bible on
a consistent basis. Our lives and the time we spend in the Bible would probably be different if someone had helped us understand when we were younger that the Bible is personal, prepares us for life, and is true.
(This didn’t happen for many of us.) Therefore, this is the goal of the 2nd grade Rites of Passage Experience.
Kickstarter 1: The Bible Is Personal
Often we see the Bible as something we study at church and not necessarily something that we use personally. However, the Bible is a personal letter from God to us.
Read the story of The Parable of the Farmer in Luke 8:4-15:
A large crowd gathered together. People came to Jesus from town after town. As they did, he told a story. He said, ‘A farmer went out to plant his seed. He scattered the seed on the ground. Some fell on a path. People walked on it, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky places. When it grew, the plants dried up because they had no water. Other seed fell among thorns. The thorns grew up
with it and crowded out the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It grew up and produced a crop 100 times more than the farmer planted.’
When Jesus said this, he called out, ‘Those who have ears should listen.’ His disciples asked him what the story meant.
He said, ‘You have been given the chance to understand the secrets of God’s kingdom. But to outsiders I speak by using stories. In that way, “They see, but they will not know what they are seeing. They hear, but they will not understand what they are hearing.”’ [Isaiah 6:9]
Here is what the story means. The seed is God’s message. People on the path are those who hear. But then the devil comes. He takes away the message from their hearts. He does it so they won’t believe. Then they can’t be
saved. Those on the rock are the ones who hear the message and receive it with joy. But they have no roots. They believe for a while. But when they are put to the test, they fall away from the faith. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear the message. But as they go on their way, they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures. So they do not reach full growth.
But the seed on good soil stands for those with an honest and good heart. They hear the message. They keep it in
their hearts. They remain faithful and produce a good crop.
Help your child understand these verses by asking:
Can you draw a picture in each of the four boxes that shows the different things that happen to the seeds in this story?
Can you circle the picture that shows the way God wants us to respond to the Bible?
How does God want us
to respond to the Bible?
God wants us to read
the Bible, put it in our
hearts, and do what it
says. In this way, the
Bible is very personal.
Every time we read it, God
is trying to teach us something.
Kickstarter 2: The Bible Prepares Us for Life
The Bible is so much more than knowledge and information. It can impact every area of our lives. In fact,
it has information on how to handle money, interact with others, live a life of integrity, and other important areas. It prepares us to live this life.
Read 2 Timothy 3:14-17:
But I want you to continue to follow what you have learned. Don’t give up what you are sure of. You know the people you learned it from. You have known the Holy Scriptures ever since you were a little child. They are able to
teach you how to be saved by believing in Christ Jesus.
God has breathed life into all of Scripture. It is useful for teaching us what is true. It is useful for correcting our mistakes. It is useful for making our lives whole again. It is useful for training us to do what is right. By using Scripture, a man of God can be completely prepared to do every good thing.
Memorizing Bible verses is something that will equip us to live life God’s way. These verses, in particular, are GREAT verses to memorize. Using a dry erase
marker, let your child write verses 16 and 17 (above in red)
on a mirror (maybe a dresser mirror or bathroom mirror) so that they see it every day. Encourage them to read the verses every single time they look in the mirror, until they have them memorized.
Kickstarter 3: The Bible Is True
By now, your child knows the difference between reality and fantasy, between what is true and what is just a story.
The Bible isn’t just a story and isn’t just a fairy tale. It is the true account of how God saved the world through His Son Jesus.
John was one of Jesus’ disciples. He
spent time with Jesus, watched Him
do miracles, heard Him teach, watched Him die on the cross, and saw Him come back to life. At the end of the book of John (John 21:24, 25), this is what he said:
This is the disciple who gives witness to these things. He also wrote them down. We know that his witness is true.
Jesus did many more things than just what was written down. What if every one of them had been written down? I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written from these stories!
Share with your child the ways you know the Bible to be true. Is there
a story of when a verse in the Bible helped you make a decision and/or comforted you during a tough time? Telling this story to your child will help them see how true the Bible has been in your own life. If you can’t think of one immediately, just let them know that you’ll have to think about it and tell them later. (Set a specific time that will work for your family so that you won’t forget to do it!)
The Bible is very personal.
Every time we read it, God is trying to teach us something.