I needed a curriculum to help my teens learn the books of the Bible, their placement, importance, history, authors, and more. So, I pulled together some tools and started writing my own guides for them. I hope you enjoy. If you join us, please leave a comment on the website. This post contains affiliate links.
Why do I need Bible Study on the Books of the Bible for Teens?
In short, I couldn't find one that I liked and as an adult I know the importance of knowing the books of the Bible, why they are in the Bible where they are and their significance as individual books. As an avid reader and author, I know that I connect to other authors from the past when I read and with readers in the future when I write; a bit like time travel. The Bible is even more powerful and I wanted my children to understand the basics, not just the important stories from Sunday school. I wanted them to have a grasp on the basics of its make up.
What is a good Bible Study for a teen?
As much as they need Bible studies they can relate to, I have found when consulting adults, they need to understand more about the Bible from a very basic stand point. Most teens don't know where to start with a Bible Study, they are confused about feelings but feel big, and so factual information without all the "feels" tends to stick. It never surprises me to talk to adults who wish they knew more quickly where the books of the Bible are in the Bible. The answer to that is found simply in the "bones" of the Bible.
How do I get my teen started with a Bible Study?
First, prayer. When searching for a study, start with prayer. When introducing the study, start with prayer. When beginning each day of the study, start with prayer. Sometimes, my prayers are as simple as "Holy Spirit, teach me something new today, show me something that I did not know." Asking for wisdom through the study process is key.
I started with prayer and then searching, asking friends what they use or what they like to help them better understand each book of the Bible.
Here is what I have found.
What tools do I need for a teen Bible Study?
1. A Bible: I have some friends that prefer straight KJV and I love that. It requires the reader to slow down and really drink in the words. I personally love the NKJV for better understanding and it seems to be the closest translation. Some teens prefer the NIV or other more readable versions. You decide which is best for you.
You can visit https://www.biblestudytools.com to read different translations for free if you aren't sure.
2. I absolutely love the Teach Bible School Break downs. I purchased the Book by Book Bible Break downs and printed them for my kids. I put them in a folder for them to use daily. It was exactly what I was looking for concerning understanding more about each book. They also sent me a free "periodic table" of the books of the Bible. You'll also find tons of free and useful downloads there. I have used these resources for YEARS. I still needed more.
3. I also purchased the book "the Bible Guide" by Holman. It is a small little book that basically gives a concise overview of each book as well. I used this book as my guide when getting ready to teach. It is small, inexpensive, comprehensive, and easy to use.
4. Now what? I needed a plan. You need a plan. There are lots and lots of plans out there for reading the Bible, studying topics, but I really didn't have a good way to help my boys navigate the books in the Bible. So, I started writing my own and I will share them with you. As I complete each week for them, I will come back here and upload the worksheet printable we use. This will give me time to tweak and really hone in on what was most important. Basically, my kids will be the guinea pigs. I want each lesson to help with things like Biblical vocabulary, reflections, and common verse knowledge.
5. Everyone loves a good catchy song to help them memorize important information. This video by the Bigsby Show has been my go to as a teacher since 2008. If you find one you like, please share it with me.
Free Study Guide Downloads
Below are the Bible Study Guides are am writing for my family's use. I hope you find them useful as well. Eventually, I will take the time to combine them all by Old and New Testament, but for now, the are individual files, rough drafts if you will. I would love your feedback if you do indeed decide to join us on this study. As we go we will also work on a study schedule to move through all 66 books in a timely manner.
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I'm Aimee, former Early Childhood Educator and Reading Specialist turned author, speaker, blogger, and mom of 5. This website is meant to inspire & equip parents of little ones to promote early literacy & language development at home. You will also find fun crafts, devotionals, and recipes to explore..
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