Jesus asked over 100 questions that we have recorded in the Bible. He used this technique to teach, lead, encourage, and challenge. Children’s Bible teachers can also utilize this approach with their kids. Asking questions engages and challenges the child’s mind and heart and will help you learn more about their understanding of biblical faith and God’s expectations.
Good questions will help kids grasp essential biblical facts and concepts. The following categories and 20 essential Bible questions for kids can be used as a guideline for your group discussion. Also included are answers with Scripture references to enrich the conversation.
Creation and the Fall (Adam and Eve)
It’s imperative for children to know God made everything (creation) as well as what went wrong (the fall). The following questions challenge them to recognize God’s good creation, but that sin “broke” the world and now separates us from Him.
- How was the universe created? It was created by the word of God. See Genesis 1 and Hebrews 11:3.
- Who were Adam and Eve? Adam and Eve were the first people. God created them and all people came from them. See Genesis 2:4-3:20.
- How did Adam and Eve disobey God? Adam and Eve sinned by doubting God and eating a forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. See Genesis 3:1-24.
- What happened when they disobeyed God? Adam and Eve were removed from the Garden of Eden and the presence of God. All of creation fell under the curse of sin. See Genesis 3:23 and Romans 8:20.
Consequences for Obedience & Disobedience (Noah and the Flood)
Most kids are familiar with the story of Noah’s ark. Teachers and parents should probe about the details of the story to help kids realize there are rewards for faithful obedience and consequences for disobedience.
- Who was Noah? Noah was a righteous man who found favor with God. Following God’s instruction, Noah built an ark that saved his family and the animals during the flood. See Genesis 6-9.
- Why did God flood the earth? Humanity had become very sinful. See Genesis 6:5-7.
- What promise was made to Noah after the flood? God promised there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth. See Genesis 9:15.
- What symbol in creation is a reminder of God’s promise? The rainbow is the symbol of God’s agreement with man to never flood the earth again. See Genesis 9:16.
Holy Living Is Good for Us (Moses)
Leading kids to answer these questions about Moses will help them uncover the crucial principle that holy living (loving and pleasing God) helps us achieve God’s good plans for us.
- Who was Moses? God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. See Exodus 3-14.
- What famous commandments did God give to Moses? The Ten Commandments as listed in Exodus 20:1-17.
- Where were the Israelites heading when God gave the Ten Commandments? They were going to the Promised Land, a wonderful place of abundance. See Deuteronomy 1.
- How long did it take to get there and why? It took forty years of wandering in the wilderness (Acts 13:18) because the people doubted God and disobeyed Him. See Deuteronomy 1:19-40.
Jesus Is the Cornerstone
God’s Son, Jesus, is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament and the Cornerstone of our faith. Encourage children to confidently state their beliefs about Jesus with the following questions.
- Who is Jesus? Jesus is God’s Son and our Savior. See John 1:29; 3:16; and 20:31.
- Why did Jesus have to die? His death paid for the sins of the world. See 1 John 2:2.
- What does Jesus’ resurrection mean to us? We serve a risen Lord. Since our Lord has risen from the dead, we can trust that those who trust Him will also be raised from the dead. See 1 Corinthians 15:20-22.
- Where does the Holy Spirit live? The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit and He lives in Christians. See 1 Corinthians 6:19.
The Redemptive Power of Christ (Paul and Heaven)
Guide your students to understand redemption by asking the following questions about Paul. Then urge them to consider the fruit of Christ’s redemptive power by asking about heaven.
- Who was Saul? Saul was a religious man who mistreated Christians before he became a Christian. See Acts 8:1-3; 22:1-5.
- What happened to him on the road? He saw a bright light and Jesus spoke to him. See Acts 9:1-22.
- How did Saul’s life change after he became known as Paul? Paul preached to people who did not know Christ. See Romans 15:20.
- What is heaven like? There is no more death or pain. See Revelation 21:4. Heaven is lit with God’s glorious light. See Revelation 22:5. Heaven has a street of gold and gates made from pearl. See Revelation 21:21.
Posing these Biblical questions and discussing answers will help your students develop a personal trust in God, stand firm on their faith, and may even help them lead others to Christ.
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