In the past, we have used a variety of books and resources for our family devotions. We recently began A Family Devotional Guide: Read the Bible by Its Stories (Crown Christian Publications).
There are twelve volumes; each volume contains thirty-one lessons. Each lesson consists of a Bible passage to read, questions to answer and a weekly memory verse.
Our children have grown up hearing Sunday School lessons, sitting in children’s church and going to Vacation Bible School. They attend a Christian school where they have Bible class every day and chapel every week. Bible stories have been read to them at home from the time they were infants.
However, I appreciate this study because our children are actually hearing the words from the Bible rather than listening to the story told from a teacher’s perspective or put into the words of a storybook author. While they are familiar with the general theme of each story, interesting discussions can begin as the actual verses are read.
As we studied Noah, our girls became interested in figuring out facts such as how long he and his family were actually on the ark. They also gained a new appreciation for just how old Abraham and Sarah actually were when Isaac was born!
The included questions are helpful as well; it’s not just “who did what,” but asks for a little more explanation. Some of the pages offer a series of quotes and our girls have to tell us which person said that phrase in the passage.
I am always excited about promoting Bible knowledge in our children, while at the same time having Bible characters be seen as real people just like them and giving them Biblical principles to apply to situations they are facing.
How is your family studying the Bible?
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