The average children’s Bible has about 100 stories. The real Bible has many more. Every story matters. But what are the basic stories kids need to understand to have a full grasp on the Bible? What stories are so basic to the Gospel that omitting them would leave a big whole in their worldview? Here’s what I came up with.
13 Bible Stories You Must Teach Every Child
- God created the world and everything in contains (including people) for his glory. (Genesis 1-2)
- Our first parents, Adam and Eve, rejected God’s rule and fell into a state of sin and misery. (Genesis 3-4)
- God calls Abraham and establishes a covenant with him. (Genesis 12-23, Galatians 3:6-9)
- God delivers his people from slavery in Egypt and keeps his promises to Abraham. (Exodus, Deuteronomy 26:8-9)
- God makes David the King of his people and promises a forever kingdom. (1 Samuel 16, 2 Samuel 7)
- God’s people suffer exile for their sin, but God promises a forever kingdom (2 Kings 17:18-20; 35-41, Romans 11:1-6, Jeremiah 29:10-14)
- Jesus is born the Son of God, heir of Abraham and David (Matthew 1, Luke 2:11)
- Jesus dies on the cross to remove the sins of God’s people. (Matthew 27, Romans 5:6-8)
- God raises Jesus from death. (Matthew 28, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 1 Peter 1:21)
- Jesus takes his throne in heaven (Acts 1:1-11)
- The Holy Spirit gives power to the disciples (Acts 2, Galatians 5:22-25)
- The Return of Jesus (John 14:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10)
- The Kingdom of God on Earth – New Creation (Revelation 21, 1 Corinthians 15:22-23)
I would love to hear your feedback. Originally, I wanted to make this a top ten list – but there was just too much to cover. What would you add or take away?