Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Five Ways to Ignite Your Family Bible Reading Time

12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  – Hebrews 4:12

Do you find it difficult to find time to read the Bible together as a family?  We all struggle on how to make discipleship a priority in our homes, but there are things that can help.  I want to give you five easy tips to take your Bible reading time with your family to the next level.

  1. Read consistently – one of the biggest problems with family Bible reading times is the lack of consistency. Sometimes we bite off more than we can chew.  The quantity of your reading time is not nearly as important as the consistency. Try to be on a regular schedule. Consistency will build a natural love for the Word.
  2. Ask questions – reading the Bible with out any follow-up will normally fall on deaf ears. Help your child(ren) to reflect on what they just read. This is the advantage of using a Bible reading journal.  You want your child to love reading the Word, and also understand what they just read.
  3. Read imaginatively – I am not saying make up things that are not in Scripture, but try to picture yourself in the text.  Think about how characters must have felt in certain situations.  The Bible is the inerrant word of God, but God also made us with imaginations and creativity–so use it!
  4. Apply the text – look for opportunities to apply the text in your daily lives. Think about what your family is reading and see how it matters in your everyday life.  Maybe you’re reading about Jesus feeding the 5000. Then take a meal to a neighbor and try to find opportunities to pray for them or share the Gospel.
  5. Read for yourself – I know it adds a whole new set of time constraints, but you need to grow in the Word personally.  Don’t let your family devotional time take away from how God wants to speak to you personally. The more you learn to love the Word, the more it will spill over to your kids.

Here at KidzPointe we are so thankful to have families like yours that take the Word seriously.  If you have not already gotten one, please get your KidzPointe Bible Reading Journal and Reading Plan. This is a great way to take your family devotion time to the next level.

Come back next month for a new blog post from Pastor Bruce!