If you give a child a Bible …

What might happen?

At Red Oak Grove, we’re about to find out.  This coming Sunday we’re presenting the three year olds with story Bibles and the third graders with study Bibles.  [The confirmation students have received study Bibles too.]  Actually, I will present the Bible to the parents.  The parents will present the Bible to their child as they promised to do when their child was baptized.

If you give a child a Bible …

We as a church community will hope that the child will dig into its stories and truths.  May they read and tell the stories that are inside the covers.  May they honor the commandments given.  May they open the Bible and not just keep it on a shelf to look pretty.

If you give a child a Bible …

They might ask to hear a story before they go to bed.  They might read their story Bible front to back many times over.  They might become utterly engrossed in the tales of Daniel, David, and Paul.

If you give a child a Bible …

We can all dig into Scripture together.  Show your child how you use the Bible.  Read the Bible with your child and grandchild, niece and godson.  Be an active example of the Christian faith that you hope your child will embrace as you do.

If you give a child a Bible …

I think we give permission to all learn together.  The children might not know where to begin.  They might not know where to find a verse or a chapter.  The difference between the Old Testament and New might be a mystery.  That’s us too.  We all have learning ahead of us.  Let’s do it together – all age levels, all knowledge levels, all people together.

If you give a child a Bible …

It might unite a community in faith and in the Christ that the Bible proclaims.  It might join people of all ages together.  It might help us each tell and share our own stories.

If you give a child a Bible …

What might happen?

Let’s find out together.

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