Are you ready? Since last week’s post, have you been praying that God would give your family a love for His Word? Has He been faithfully reminding you that the Bible is good?
The Lord has been working in our hearts for years to teach us this truth: He doesn’t want His Word only to be something that we think is important or make a commitment to read or try to obey. He wants it to be the greatest thrill of our lives!
Let’s be thrilled by this Book, friends!
Here are three tips as you plan for beginning (or continuing) family Bible study in your homes:
Read the actual Bible.
There are many wonderful Bible story books and devotional guides that can be awesome tools for Bible study, but the real words in the Word are powerful — even for your children!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it has been revolutionary for our family to see the power of God’s actual Word in our home. Sure, small children may not completely understand every passage (and neither will you!), but you can trust the Holy Spirit and His Word to be the best teachers!
Choose a consistent time and place.
God deserves more than the time we have leftover once everything else is scheduled, and we want to communicate that to our children by the way we prioritize family Bible study.
So, at least as much as possible, aim for the same time and place each day.
Don’t stand up until you have seen and worshiped Jesus!
The ONLY reason to study Scripture — any Scripture — is to know Jesus and be transformed by His Story. So we cannot be satisfied by simply adding some new facts to our brains and moving on with our day. We must see the Gospel!
The entire Bible is one story of God’s plan to save the world through His Son. So how does the passage you’re studying fit into that Story? How is Jesus present in the passage, even if only a foreshadowing or a whisper? How is the redeeming heart of God on display?
(We’re mulling on a blog entirely about tips for finding Jesus in Scripture with your family, so stay tuned.)
Here is a list of Bible study methods that we have given to families before. Experiment with some or all of them, and see what works for your family.
UNDERSTAND: Summarize the passage. Rephrase it in your own words.
EXAMINE: Carefully re-read and study the passage. Use highlighters or colored pens to mark words and phrases that stand out to you.
STUDY: Make a list of things you learn about God from the passage.
ASK: What questions do you have about the passage? How can you find answers?
CREATE: Draw a picture based on the passage, act it out, or write a song or poem.
RESEARCH: What do you know about the passage’s context? Where/when/why/by whom/for whom was it originally written? How does knowing more about the context help you to understand the passage better?
PRAISE: What parts of the passage make you want to praise God? Brainstorm some specific songs you could sing — and then sing them!
CROSS-REFERENCE: What other stories or verses in the Bible does this one connect to or remind you of?
APPLY: How do you think God wants to use this passage to change you? What will be your response to His Word?
PRAY: Write out a prayer based on your reading.
FOCUS: How does the passage fit into the Gospel story? How is your attention drawn to Jesus?
God will bless the reading and study of His Word! We’re praying for you and your families as you jump in.