This children’s sermon was written to accompany a sermon based on Matthew 4:1-11. The preaching pastor asked me to celebrate the Bible and how we use it. I also chose to use it to introduce a new practice for the children in our congregation, in which we offer them Bibles of different translations and kinds to take into worship.

Good morning, girls and boys. You know I love to share books that help teach us something about God and God’s love for us. Can you tell by my bag that I have a big one today? Yes, I have four books, but they’re kind of the same book. What book is it?

Show Beginners Bible, Bible storybook, Action bible, and Deep Blue Kids Bible.

What makes these alike?

What makes them different?

Hearing our sacred stories is so important in getting to know God better- and understanding God and ASKING QUESTIONS- LOTS OF QUESTIONS.  We do that a lot in worship. Today, we heard a reading from the books of psalms, after this we’ll hear a story about Jesus from Matthew, and before our offering, we’ll hear another couple verses from a psalm. These verses can be treasures for us, so its important to listen and try to figure out what they mean. But sometimes they’re hard to understand. We’re going to start something new to help us with that.

Every Sunday, we’ll have these different Bibles out by the worship bags for you to use during worship. I hope you’ll pick one and see if it has the story that we’re reading that Sunday. I hope you’ll Read along as we read together! You can also read it in the pew Bible. The page numbers are listed in the order of worship.

I’m so thankful that there are all sorts of Bibles so we can all hear God’s sacred stories.

Let’s pray: Dear God, thank you for our Bibles. When we read it, help us ask the questions that lead us to understanding you better. And help us listen for your love, calling us to you. We love you, God. Amen.