We know that kids ask tons of questions! The Oak Street books create great opportunities to talk with your kids about God and faith. Here are several questions kids may ask and tips that will help springboard discussions. We’ve included references to Bible verses that tie in with each prompt.
We were made in God’s image…to be like God in who we are and how we live. Everything we see in the world reminds us how creative God is. He made everything in the world! God made you to be a very special person different from everyone else. What are the things you are good at doing or love to do? God gave you these gifts so that you can be creative like him.
Psalm 139:13-14,16 - You made my whole being. You formed me in my mother’s body. I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well…you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.
Ephesians 2:10 - God has made us what we are (a “masterpiece”). In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would do good works. God had planned in advance those good works for us. He had planned for us to live our lives doing them.
1 Peter 4:10 - Each of you received a spiritual gift. God has shown you his grace in giving you different gifts. And you are like servants who are responsible for using God’s gifts. So be good servants and use your gifts to serve each other.
God does love everybody in the whole world. It doesn’t matter to God what their name is, where they live, or what they look like. It’s easy to like people who like us. It’s not easy to like people who are mean. Jesus asked his closest friends to do one thing in their lives. They were to love others just like Jesus loved them. What are ways you could be nice and do good even when other kids may not be nice to you?
Matthew 5:43-44 - “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemies.’ But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you."
Luke 6:27-28 - “I say to you who are listening to me, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Ask God to bless those who say bad things to you. Pray for those who are cruel to you."
Romans 12:20 - “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if your enemy is thirsty, give him a drink. Doing this will be like pouring burning coals on his head.” Do not let evil defeat you. Defeat evil by doing good.
John 15:12 - “This is my command: Love each other as I have loved you.”
We live in a world where nighttime can be a scary time. It’s easy to be afraid when the lights go out. God doesn’t sleep. He is awake all the time, and he knows everything about our world and about us. He is more powerful than anything we might be afraid of.
Psalm 121:3-7 - He will not let you be defeated. He who guards you never sleeps. He who guards Israel never rests or sleeps. The Lord guards you. The Lord protects you as the shade protects you from the sun. The sun cannot hurt you during the day. And the moon cannot hurt you at night. The Lord will guard you from all dangers. He will guard your life.
Proverbs 3:23-26 - Then you will go on your way in safety. And you will not get hurt. You won’t need to be afraid when you lie down. When you lie down, your sleep will be peaceful. You won’t need to be afraid of trouble coming suddenly. You won’t need to fear the ruin that comes to the wicked. The Lord will keep you safe.
Psalm 18:28 - Lord, you give light to my lamp. My God brightens the darkness around me.
God doesn’t have a phone number, but we can talk to him anytime, anywhere. We can talk to God just like we talk to a friend. No special words needed. It can be short like sending a text or a Tweet. Jesus taught us how easy it is to pray. It starts with being reminded who God is and how special God’s name is.
1 John 5:14 - We can come to God with no doubts. This means that when we ask God for things (and those things agree with what God wants for us), then God cares about what we say.
Jeremiah 29:12 - Then you will call my name. You will come to me and pray to me. And I will listen to you.
Psalm 17:6 - I call to you, God, and you answer me. Listen to me now. Hear what I say.
Matthew 6:19-23 - Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name will always be kept holy. We pray that your kingdom will come. We pray that what you want will be done, here on earth as it is in heaven. Give us the food we need for each day. Forgive the sins we have done, just as we have forgiven those who did wrong to us. And do not cause us to be tested; but save us from the Evil One.
Heaven is for everyone who chooses to live where God lives. It is a beautiful place where people get to be with people they love after they die. People won’t get sick or hungry or tired in heaven.
John 14:1-4 -Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God. And trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you to be with me so that you may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”
Revelation 21:4 - He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain. All the old ways are gone.”
Isaiah 25:6-8 - The Lord of heaven’s armies will give a feast. It will be on this mountain for all people. It will be a feast with the best food and drink…On this mountain God will destroy the veil that covers all nations. This veil, called “death,” covers all peoples. But God will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away every tear from every face.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 - We want you to know about those who have died. We do not want you to be sad as others who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and that he rose again. So, because of Jesus, God will bring together with Jesus those who have died…And we will be with the Lord forever. So, comfort each other with these words.
*All verses from the International Children’s Bible (ICB)