I have fond memories of acting out Bible stories with my family as a kid. Back in those days, Sunday afternoons were often spent re-enacting the plagues of Egypt, the defeat of Jericho, Zacchaeus climbing a tree to see Jesus, and more. For me and my brothers, the stories of the Judges were always our favorites, like Gideon’s nighttime attack on the Midianites, Ehud burying his dagger in King Eglon’s belly, and Samson taking out masses of quickly re-spawning Philistines with his stuffed-sock “jawbone.”
Now that I have kids of my own, I’m discovering that Bible drama is one of the best ways to get young children excited about the Bible. They may not sit still for Bible reading very long, but if you give them a chance to get up and act out the story themselves, they will engage with God’s Word on a whole new level. If you haven’t tried Bible drama in your home, there are many reasons to give it a try, especially if you have young ones in your family.
How Bible drama can benefit your children:
- It can help them pay better attention and listen for details when you read the Bible.
- It may lead to questions and better understanding of the stories.
- They will remember the stories much better after acting them out with you.
- It helps them to see the character of God and the pattern of His faithfulness throughout history.
- They’ll see the consequences of man’s decisions as played out in Scripture.
- It helps them think through and better understand Scripture passages (especially the Proverbs).
- Acting out stories is often more engaging for everyone, especially boys, extra-active children, and kinesthetic learners.
- Drama brings the Bible to life! Children realize that the people in Scripture were real people living real lives, just like us.
- You’ll create fun family memories as everyone learns and plays together.
- As your children grow older, they may also find ways to bless others through Bible drama, including mission work, outreach, and church programs.
While you’re having fun with Bible drama, remember the ultimate goal. We want our children to know God – as He reveals Himself in His Word – and believe in Him. This is why God tells us to instruct our children. This is why He gave us such rich stories to share. That’s what I’m praying for, for my kids and yours.
Do your boys enjoy acting out Bible stories? Do they have a favorite story?