Do you ever share some of what you are learning from the Bible with your sponsored child? Why not include snippets of your own Bible treasure in your letters? It’s a great idea even for younger children. It doesn’t have to be much, but it is important to let them know that they can trust God’s Word. God says what He means and means exactly what He says. Here’s some great Bible study resources and tools to get you started.
And remember, a good rule of thumb if you are struggling to understand something in the Bible, here’s a couple of tips:
1. I’ve always found if I don’t understand something, it’s because my understanding is incomplete. Make a note in a notebook ~ include the date and a brief comment. Then ask the Lord to teach you about it. It won’t happen in the next five minutes, but it will happen. And when it does, make sure you go back to your notebook and mark it down. A great faith-builder to look back on for tough times.
2. Look for Jesus Christ and put Him on every page. In John 5:39 He Himself said that the whole book speaks about Him, and remember that Jesus was speaking about the Old Testament. The New Testament eyewitness accounts had not yet been written. They were still being lived.
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
FINDING BIBLE VERSES FOR YOUR CHILD
A ton of Bible Verses for our Kids 35 pages of Bible verses carefully selected for our kids, ready to print and send. Choose just one to include in your letter. I have been sending a page with every letter and my kids love them. Kefa told us it helped him be a ‘good boy’. :o
Blue Letter Bible – Bible online – KJV, NKJV, NLT, NIV, ESV, NASB, RSV, ASV, YLT, DBY, WEB, HNV, LXX + more; commentaries; dictionaries; articles; sermons; charts; maps; easy to use. If I’m looking for a Bible verse or to know what the original Greek and Hebrew really says, this is where I go first; fabulous resource.
Bible.is Bible online; lots of different languages and translations in an easy to read or audio format (try playing the audio in the background while you are working. It’s amazing how you can easily listen to a whole Bible book in no time).
World Missionary Press – Bible online – 180 different languages
Ethnic Harvest Bibles in over 250 languages
Biblica – Bible online – NIV, NirV, KJV, NASB, NLT, AMP; Amharic; French; Kiswahili; Malayalam; Portuguese; Thai; English, Spanish; many in PDF format; Bible verse of the day
Bible.com – Bible online – A free Bible on your phone, tablet or computer (free app); or listen or read online in a clear and easy to read format; 1092 versions; 779 languages
Bible Hub – plus Bibles in other languages
Bible Gateway – Bible online – various versions and languages
BIBLE STUDY RESOURCES
KHouse.org Dr Chuck Missler – Bible Study articles for the serious student; incredible knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, science and history and how it all dovetails together. The Bible is an intricate tapestry. God has carefully dictated, designed and authenticated every microscopic detail from outside our time and space. Even ‘boring’ genealogies hold hidden treasures. If you are not familiar with Dr Missler’s teaching, I cannot recommend it highly enough. He brings the Bible to life. My family has learnt so much from him, for example this – amazing!
Blue Letter Bible Bible study resources designed by Dr Chuck Missler and team; look up any Bible verse in different versions; compare different translations side by side; discover the meaning in the original Hebrew and Greek words (without any prior language knowledge) with a simple click of a button; discover where else a word appears in the Bible (cross reference); maps; timelines; dictionaries; commentaries (text, audio and video); and topical references. An incredible Bible study tool – all free.
Pastor Chuck Smith ~ teaching through the whole Bible include snippets of Bible treasure in your letters (you can read – and copy and paste the text – or listen).
Fun Bible study for kids (scroll down and click on your child’s age) Some free printable fun sample pages of the Answers in Genesis Sunday School Curriculum for kids of all ages (preschool to adults) reinforcing the authority of Scripture; fun; colourful; puzzles; colouring pages; plus more online Sunday school resources and articles to print
FCA resources Bible studies and heaps of other resources – designed by and for Christian athletes; fabulous for older boys and girls
Jesus – from Genesis to Revelation A brief review from cover to cover, the Bible answers the question,
“Who is this Jesus?” In Genesis, He is the Creator God; In Exodus, He is the Redeemer; In Leviticus, He is your sanctification; In Numbers, He is your guide; In Deuteronomy, He is your teacher; In Joshua, He is the mighty conqueror… This one is a quick print out ready to send.
Genesis to Revelation – poem (scroll down) A review of the Bible books from cover to cover, beginning with: “In Genesis, the story of creation and the flood are told, In Exodus, by the hand of God the plagues and waters unfold. Leviticus records The Law, While in Numbers, the increase of Israel the neighbours saw, But in Deuteronomy once again God’s commandments are known, So absolute allegiance must be kept to Him alone…”
A brief overview of the Bible for kids by biblestudyplanet.com; e.g. From Genesis the Bible bears witness to one God and forms one continuous story. It makes the most unlikely predictions concerning the future and records their fulfillment. The Bible is a progressive unfolding of truth. Without the possibility of collusion, often with centuries between, one writer of Scripture takes up an earlier revelation, adds to it, lays down the pen, and others add new details till the whole is complete… Plus Kids Bible studies; Teen Bible studies; Adult Bible studies
Living a Life of Faith ~ a Bible study for older girls with plenty of room for them to sketch, draw, doodle or write their own notes; free printable
Bible study tools Bible study resources
Christian Answers find answers to general and tricky questions about Christianity for kids; many languages.
Believer.com Bible studies and research to inspire
eBible teacher.com graphics, photos, Bible maps and other resources
More answers to 100+ questions about Christianity
Christian’s Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) making classic Christian literature widely available.
Middle Town Bible Church Bible studies, Bible reading schedule, Bible geography and more
BIBLE STUDY HELPS
Bible study index cards blank cards (recipe card in a box format) to help children think about a Bible passage and write or doodle their own notes; free printable
Apologetics teach your child to believe the Bible with confidence
Bible Treasure Theme Ahoy me hearties! Arrr! Yar ha arrr! One of my favourite themes that I have done for my Compassion kids was a fun Bible Treasure theme full of pirates, treasure chests and swashbuckling adventure to encourage them to dig into eternal treasure and the promises of God!
The Secrets of the Missing Scrolls Another of my favourite packages for my kids was a mystery / adventure theme describing the ultimate treasure hunt to teach them that God’s Word CAN be trusted. I sent them deep into the desert on a very special and dangerous mission; travelling backwards and forwards through time; boldly helping others to escape from Roman soldiers; witnessing dangerous and secret meetings at the highly volatile Jerusalem border; preparing the Great Isaiah scroll for the coming Messiah; being part of an exciting archaeological expedition; and actually discovering the archaeological treasure find of the century… real eternal treasure… the very famous Dead Sea Scrolls.
RZIM – Dr Ravi Zacharias excellent Christian apologetics teacher who speaks all over the world in universities and with world leaders including from other religions.
adefenceofthebible.com reasons why the Bible can be trusted; written by a scientist with a PhD in organic chemistry; some resources also available in Portuguese; Chinese and Indonesian. Include a couple of quick facts in every letter to build your child’s faith.
And when you write to your Compassion child, don’t forget to them about the creative genius behind this incredibly designed book who loves them to bits…
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