The Best Bible Study Topics for Kids in Sunday School

Selecting the best Bible study topics for kids can be difficult! After all, children don't come with instruction manuals for Sunday School teachers or their parents. So here are some Bible study topic ideas for children to get your started:

Bible Study Topics for Kids

There's a lot of topics to pick from when trying to decided where to start. So what are the best Bible study topics for kids?

God is Love
God Forgives
What is Faith?
The Fruit of the Spirit
God Knows Everything
God Can Do Anything
How to Overcome Temptation

Click on any one of these topical ideas to learn more below.

The Best Bible Study Topics for kids are age appropriate, concise, and foundational.

Kids don’t come with instruction manuals. It sure would make things easier for parents and teachers if they did!

However, the Bible is kind of like God’s instruction manual for all humans. And it has plenty of hints for helping kids grow into faithful, God-fearing adults:

PSALM 119:19

“How can a young person live a pure life? By obeying your word.” (NCV)

 

In order to obey God’s Word, kids need to understand what it says. And they need some help with that—your help! So what are we looking for in thees Bible study topics for children? Each topic must meet at least three criteria:

  • Age appropriate - I know that the entire Bible "profitable for instruction" but not all at the same time! The best topical Sunday School studies are appropriate for the age of the kids you are teaching! David and Bathsheba can wait! 
  • Clear and concise - the best (read: most-prepared) teachers can simply explain something to it is both understandable and simple. If you can't explain it simply, you haven't prepared well-enough.
  • Helpful for building foundations of faith - picking the best Bible study topics means considering what are the most critical foundational truths kids need to learn.

During a children’s Bible study, you should avoid the trenches of deep theological discussions. A lengthy lecture about, say, eschatology will go right over your third graders’ heads. Plus, the more “complicated” a Bible study gets, the less kids remember.

When you build a house, you start with a foundation and build up from there. So, for elementary students, it’s best to start off with simple principles and concepts. Like these...

Topic #1: God is Love

One of the first things kids should know is that God exists, and He loves them with a perfect love. Here are a couple verses you could use to teach this subject:

1 JOHN 4:8

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (NCV)

 

JOHN 3:16

“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. (NCV)

 

No one loves us like God. He even gave his only son up to save us! You can make this topic stick with an “eggcellent” object lesson on God’s love.

Topic #2: God Forgives

“Everyone is good inside.” “People are born good.” Ever heard those myths before? Kids sure have! They need to know the truth: no one is inherently good. But even though we are all born sinners, God wants to forgive us.

Here are two awesome verses about forgiveness from the Bible to share with kids:

1 JOHN 1:9

“But if we confess our sins, he will forgive our sins, because we can trust God to do what is right. He will cleanse us from all the wrongs we have done.” (NCV)

 

MATTHEW 6:14

“Yes, if you forgive others for their sins, your Father in heaven will also forgive you for your sins.” (NCV)

 

Topic #3: What is Faith?

When you tackle an abstract concept like faith with kids, make sure you tie it to something concrete that they can understand. Here's a detailed look at explaining faith.

One way to do that is by demonstrating faith with an object lesson. (Here are nine, yes, NINE object lessons on faith to choose from. You’re bound to like at least one!)

You might include a verse that defines faith in a simple way for kids, like this on in Hebrews.

HEBREWS 11:1

“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it.” (NCV)

 

Topic #4: The Fruit of the Spirit

A Bible study about fruit? Sounds totally yummy. Actually, the fruit of the spirit has nothing to do with apples, oranges, and peaches. But that doesn’t mean you can’t serve them as a snack while you teach, and make the lesson super memorable (and delicious!)

The real fruits of the Holy Spirit (from Galatians 5:22) are:

  • Love
  • Joy
  • Peace
  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Goodness
  • Faithfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Self-control

Every one of those qualities above could make a good Bible study topic for kids in its own right. So you might want to turn your Fruit of the Spirit study into a multi-week series.

Topic #5: God Knows Everything

Say you’re about to begin a brand new Bible club. What are good Bible study topics for kids who don’t know God? Topics that introduce them to God, of course.

God isn’t like us. He’s more like a superhero with awesome powers. He’s the ultimate “know it all!” And that’s both comforting and scary. He knows us well, and loves us despite all he knows!

Here’s a verse about God’s omniscience (yes, that’s the hoity-toity term for it) to get you started:

JPSALM 139:4

“Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it.” (NCV)

 

Topic #6: God Can Do Anything

What makes people love superheroes so much? The fact that they can do anything! Even the impossible!

God is like a real superhero— but most kids don’t love him. Why not? Well, they don’t KNOW him. When we get to know just how incredible God is, we grow to love him. We learn to trust him. And our trust leads us to obey him, which brings wonderful blessings to our lives.

A Bible study topic like this calls for a really COOL activity, like these 16 (wow!) different object lessons on God's power.

Topic #7: How to Overcome Temptation

Good Bible study topics for kids don’t have to be “happy subjects” like faith, joy, and love. With a study on overcoming temptation, you can help them beat sin back when it rears its ugly head in their lives.

Here’s a great verse to share:
 

MATTHEW 26:41

“Stay awake and pray for strength against temptation. The spirit wants to do what is right, but the body is weak.” (NCV)

 

Temptation can creep up on us like a monster in the night! One way to “stay awake” and recognize evil is to keep good influences in our lives, and keep bad ones out. The closer we are to Jesus, the stronger our spirit will be.

The Best Bible Study Topics for Kids (That No One Teaches)

Equality (Romans 2:11)

According to the Bible, everybody’s equal, no matter where they’re from, or what they look like. Like God, we should be kind to all. In a world filled with hate and racism, we need to be the ones who see and love people as God sees and loves them.

ROMANS 2:11

“For God judges all people in the same way.” (NCV)

 

God's Original Design (Genesis 2)

God created humans to be different and higher than the animals. We’re the only ones who get to have a relationship with God. He created male and female humans and gave each gender a special purpose. Each one of us is special and unique, and God wants us to be part of his big plan!

Obeying Authority (Romans 13)

Do we have to respect/obey authorities we don’t agree with? What if we don’t like the president or prime minister? The short answer is that we must obey any and all authorities, unless their commands go against God’s Word. (This would be a good Bible study topic for kids during election season).

Why aren’t more teachers teaching about these subjects and other “tough topics”? It’s not because they don’t want to. More often, it’s because ready-made lessons about them are hard to find.

However, I have some good news for you: these and other rare topics are included in this curriculum for elementary-age kids.

And what about good Bible study topics for older kids? Check out Ministry to Youth. They tackle timely topics for teens, like anxiety and social media.

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