A Campaign for Biblical Literacy and Discipleship + GIVEAWAY!!

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Today’s guest writer has been a “blogging friend” of mine since I started Future.Flying.Saucers. Danika has encouraged me as I’ve written the Bible Object Lessons here on FFS and she and I are liked minded when it comes to a passion for Biblical Literacy in the home.

While I teach Biblical Literacy to children through Awana, she supplies tools to help parents teach their own children. I use her Bible curriculum in my homeschool {review will be coming soon!} and I hope that some of you Readers will choose to take a look at what God has done through her. It’s pretty amazing!!

Broken Hearts

Once upon a time, there was a people chosen and called by God. These people had a book from the Lord – a special set of Scriptures to teach them His Law. The Book of the Law was stored in a spectacular, ornate building dedicated solely to the worship of their God.

Over time, counterfeit teachings and false gods drew the hearts of the people far from their true Creator. The temple consecrated to the worship of God was misused and abused. And the Book He sent them was lost.

It was a devastating time, full of confusion, wickedness, and pain. King after king defied the Lord. Eventually, the Lord brought to the throne a young boy — a youthful king who loved Him and desired that the people worship the One, true Creator. The book was found and read aloud to the assembly of the people.

And the people wept.

Biblical literacy matters and you can help

Illustration: King Josiah by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (1794-1872), Public Domain

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How could this happen? How could the people lose the Word of God? Misplacing the Scriptures in the temple isn’t like losing your cell phone… is it? Yet, the Scriptures really were lost – to devastating effect. You can learn more about the finding of the Book of the Law and King Josiah’s reaction in 2 Kings 22. The story above really happened.

At least this could never happen today. We, the Church, know the Word of God inside and out. We actively disciple our children in the full Word of God. Right?

According to an American Bible Society survey of American adults conducted by the Barna Group (The State of the Bible, 2013), 100% of Protestant adults say there’s a Bible in their home.

But here are some facts to consider:

  • 2 out of 3 Protestant adults report reading the Bible several times a week.

YET (of those Protestant adults surveyed):

  • 1 out of 4 didn’t know that the apostle Paul was once known as Saul.
  • Nearly 2 out of 4 didn’t know John the Baptist wasn’t an apostle.
  • Out of a multiple choice list, 1 out of 3 couldn’t correctly identify the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch).

Friends, we believers don’t know the narrative of God’s story. We’ve lost sight of the Scriptures. The State of the Bible, 2013 study didn’t ask the Protestant adults surveyed if they were reading the Bible to their children. After years in ministry to children, my fear is that many Christian parents really aren’t walking through Scripture with their kids.

Like the Judeans in the time of King Josiah, we’ve lost the Bible. We’ve left ourselves open to counterfeit teachings and false gods.

It breaks my heart.

But we can change the state of Biblical literacy for the coming generations. Like Josiah, we can pull out the Bible and read it aloud to our kids. We can help them memorize God’s Word. We can teach our children the themes of the Bible, walking them through each book. We can ensure that in a society where Bibles abound, the Scriptures don’t get lost.

The Bible can be overwhelming, and trying to teach it can be daunting. I get it. In fact, I was at a loss trying to figure out how to walk my own children through the Bible. The curriculums I examined were expensive and didn’t go deep enough for me. I wanted something that would take my children through the actual Bible text multiple times before they leave home.

I was in a bookstore looking through the Theology and Biblical Archaeology sections with my family when my heart became really, really heavy. I was praying hard about what to do about the Bible curriculum situation in my own family. I was so very sad about the state of biblical literacy in the Church. That’s when I found a series of books surveying the Bible. They were bright and colorful with great photos. I felt the burn of conviction that only lifts when I’ve taken action. I was going to write a curriculum myself. And I was going to give it away. Soli Deo Gloria.

I put together a curriculum using great books and DVDs. I developed a reading schedule, discussion questions, and memory verses that related to the theme of each book we’d read. I consulted with elders and pastors on the resources we’d use. I picked resources our family already loved and wrote out a schedule. Over 100,000 downloads later, Bible Road Trip is being used in homes across the world.

That has nothing to do with me. I’m just a plain Jane mom who loves Jesus. Like you, I’m a slave to Christ.

The Lord breaks our hearts for the things that break His. He calls us to the tasks that glorify Him. Through obedience our character is grown to look more like His. Here’s what I know to be true: we’re all called to disciple our children in His Word. We’re commanded to write His Word on their little hearts.

Go forth and disciple those little people, friends!


Danika CooleyDanika Cooley is a children’s writer with a love for God’s Word, history, wisdom and small people. She is the author of Bible Road Trip, a 3 year Bible survey curriculum for preschool to high school. Her work has appeared in magazines including Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family, Clubhouse and Clubhouse Jr.; Upper Room Ministries’ Pockets and Devozine; Cobblestone Group’s FACES and Odyssey; and in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Magic of Mothers and Daughters. You can find Danika musing about parenting, homeschooling, and children’s books at ThinkingKidsBlog.org, on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest (0h, how she loves Pinterest!) and Google+.


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A Campaign for Biblical Literacy and Discipleship + GIVEAWAY!! — 45 Comments

  1. Thanks for featuring this incredible FREE resource. I have been so impressed and plan on using it with my chilren.

  2. My favorite is David because he was a royal screwup, but his heart and desire for God is the example we should follow.

  3. I have always appreciated Paul. He fought against all things of Christ and then was saved and became a champion of Christ.

  4. So many. Maybe Paul. He is such an example of love and humility, yet unwavering in truth. He truly sets an example of the Christian life.

  5. So hard to choose just one… but I always liked Jael because she stepped up and did what she needed to (even though it was gruesome!) and she seemed to be a strong woman.

  6. My favorite is Jesus, always! He was perfect when none of us can be and he shows us that everything he gave up was so we could receive it!

  7. Oops, I didn’t read carefully. How can I have a favorite Bible character? I love David, he is a good reminder that I cannot be perfect, Jesus did that for me. He loved God, he repented when confronted with sin.

  8. Would love to win! It is so hard to pick a favorite character. I think (besides Christ of course 🙂 I would have to say a combination of Mary and Martha the sisters of Lazarus. I find myself being more like Martha but I long to have Mary’s heart.

  9. Noah because he did what God asked even though it was not easy and he stayed faithful to his call even though it took years to complete.

  10. John the Baptist He’s great. He is my inspiration because he said Jesus was Jesus until he died and he baptized until the end too.

  11. I’ve always liked Caleb and Joshua (named my firstborn after them!) Stepping out and not following the crowd.

  12. hmmm….! Too many for a favorite, but I guess I’d pick Moses-he loved God and loved his fellow Israelites. Plus, he saw God and lived! 🙂

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  14. My firstborn is Daniel, after a young man who stood strong for the Lord. By the time he was sent to the lions’ den, he’d had a lifetime of trusting God and doing the right thing.

  15. I don’t know if I can choose just one… Daniel lived an amazing life. His whole story is often missed. I did a full bible study on him, and I was amazed at the fullness of his faith!

  16. I am over loaded with urriculum…and then this pops up. It looks so inviting and right with my family of homeschooling. Thank you for this blessing and gift of a giveaway!

  17. I have always loved the book of Ruth. She was so loyal and stuck by her mother in law, even to go where she knew no one.

  18. I have always loved Jesus’ mother Mary. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to carry, give birth to and raise the son of God. What an amazing mission in life.

  19. Outside of Christ, I must say Micaiah. He was unafraid to speak God’s truth even though his life was on the line. May I have the same boldness!

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