Now what? We need to help children apply the truth of the Bible Verse to themselves.
How can we do that?
When we are preparing we can ask a few questions to help us work out what the application could be. Is there an example to follow? Is there an example of something to avoid? Is there a promise to believe? Is there a truth to believe?
Essentially we are trying to find out what we think the child should do with the truth they have learnt.
Let’s look at the verses we’ve been using…
Verse – Psalm 119: 130 ‘The unfolding of your words gives light’ – If we read on a little we see that the writer goes on to say that God’s Word ‘imparts understanding to the simple’. So the application is that we should read God’s word so that we will know more about God and how to live. It is something for us to do.
Verse – Psalm 119:73 ‘Your hands have made me’. This is a truth for us to believe. It helps us to know that we are unique and special to God because he made us. Also because God made us we are answerable to him. You wouldn’t teach both of those applications at once – just chose one of them.
Verse – Luke 19:10 ‘For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost’- This is less straightforward. We want the child to think about where they are – are they lost or found. This is a tricky concept but we can help the child understand by explaining the verse first. Then we need to tell them how they can be found – by trusting in Jesus as their Saviour.
It’s best to explain the tricky words in a verse before helping children to apply the truth.