Kids learn best with storytelling– and Jesus knew that in order for people to understand the Word of God, He must teach it like He’s talking to little children. That’s the reason why He used parables.
Parables are usually short fictitious stories that illustrate a moral attitude or a religious principle. The bible is full of stories that children would enjoy and would find interesting– at the same time giving them an early start to learning about the love of God. (Read: Pope during Regina Coeli prayer: ‘Keep storytelling alive for young children’)
Here are five Bible stories that your children– or even you– would enjoy. Read on!
Bible Stories: The Vine and the Branches (John 15:9-15)
Through Jesus’s illustration of the grapevine, we see that the relationship we have with God is life-giving, nourishing, and as important as the connection between the vine and the branch. This simple yet very powerful description is one that your children will easily understand. It also encourages us to remain in God’s love, as He is the source of it– when we know that He loves us, we will love as well. (Read: 5 Books That Teach Kids the Complexities of Love)
Bible Stories: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37)
Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan to teach us what it means to love our neighbor. This story is an example of what it means to be kind to others, even those we don’t know, especially when they need our help. The Samaritan had compassion for the hurting man– or perhaps he was thankful to be safe he just had to help. Whatever the motivation, the Samaritan chose God’s way of kindness that day.
Bible Stories: The Sower and the Seeds (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23)
This parable is one that your children can particularly enjoy if you teach it while gardening. In this parable, the farmer planted seeds in four different types of soil. But only one of the soils produced a good crop. Jesus explained that the soils represented the people’s hearts. When the word of God is planted in a good heart then good things will be produced in the life of that person.
Bible Stories: The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14–29)
In teaching the Disciples about the Kingdom, Jesus told this parable about a wealthy man who went on a trip and left his servants in charge of his money. Jesus’s point is that we are to do our best for the Kingdom with what we are given—money, abilities, time, intelligence—until His return. Teach your kids that while God has given them many talents, they should use them to honor God and serve others. (Read: This Pinay Catechist Has Been Serving the Church for 40 Years Now)
Bible Stories: The Parable of the Hidden Treasure (Matthew 6:19-21)
This parable is all about a man who finds treasure, buries it, goes and sells all of his other belongings, and buys the field where he hid the treasure. This might be confusing for kids but the main lesson of this story is that God is the real treasure– and when we find God, we should be willing to give up everything to have Him. Another lesson that this parable aims to teach is that we should not bury God but instead share him with others.