Use this object lesson on reading the Bible to teach kids why we read God's Word.

Object Needed: Binoculars

Big Idea: Don't forget to study God's Word!

We've included the text for this object lesson below and we even recorded a video to help give you ideas for how to teach it.  Enjoy watching!

Reading the Bible Object Lesson Script

See these? Pretty cool aren't they? They're called binoculars, and we use them to see things that are far away. For instance, if you are going bird-watching, you bring one of these along, so you can see the birds up close. If the bird is high up in a tree, you can look through these and see every detail of the bird. You can see its color, what kind it is, and how it acts. Binoculars can be a very important tool for some people. You can be far away but still see things up close.

You know binoculars remind me that we need to look closely at the Bible. A lot of times we read the Bible just because we think we have to, or because we're told to. We never stop and read a verse so we can find out what it means, or why God wrote it. The Bible is full of examples of how we should live. The stories in the Old Testament aren't there to just teach us a history lesson, they are there to help us find out how to live with each other, and how to obey God in every situation. The New Testament is an amazing place to find God's promises, and the message of the Gospel in the best news in the world.

With all these amazing chapters in the Bible, just think what we can learn if we looked a little bit closer, and spent a little bit more time reading and studying God's Word. If we skim through the Bible, we won't learn what God is trying to teach us. If you're having a bad day, how can you discover a verse about joy without stopping to read God's Word? You may be  needing some advice on a relationship. But how can God speak to you if you don't look closely and examine the examples God gave in the Bible? So remember these binoculars, and remember to take a closer look at the Bible.

Looking for more?  Be sure to view our entire collection of 52 Bible object lessons for kids and children's sermons.