As a family we are always on the lookout for resources for reading the Bible with our kids. However, I find these resources are not just useful for parents. One of the best things an adult Christian can do is read a good children’s Bible (either with their kids or without)! Often, new Christians (and sometimes not so new) do not have a grasp of the whole story of the Bible and so as they read individual parts it remains a mystery to them. However, a good children’s Bible will give you the important highlights of the whole story as well as an understanding of the way the Bible fits together, starting with creation and finding its fulfilment in Jesus.
Recently we’ve discovered a new resource that I think is great for both families (and older Christians to read). It’s called “The Ology” by Marty Machowski. Instead of working through Bible stories, it uses Bible stories to teach different aspects of Theology in a way that kids can understand. The title is a clever play on the word theology (meaning “the study of God”). So each part is the “Ology” (study) of a different aspect of the Bible’s teaching. Here are some of the topics it covers:
1. The Ology of God
2. The Ology of People
3. The Ology of Sin
4. The Ology of Christ
5. The Ology of the Holy Spirit
6. The Ology of Adoption into God’s family
We’ve been reading through this book at dinner time and found that it’s been a helpful and refreshing change to our family devotions. So can I commend it to you for your own family (or even for yourself)?