Family Bible study at home with your kids — why you should, and how to go about it! Plus, a family Bible study plan for your family.
Family Bible Study at Home with Your Kids
There are a lot of different voices talking about a lot of different things when it comes to family Bible study at home.
I often hear questions such as:
- Can my kids really understand the Bible?
- Aren’t my kids learning about the Bible at church?
- Isn’t it enough to read Bible story books with my kids?
- Shouldn’t my kids learn to read the Bible in their own personal quiet time?
These are all valid questions, but the short answer is that your family will benefit immensely from reading the Bible together. I’ve written a whole book about how to study the Bible as a family. Let’s talk about why you’ll want to set up a family Bible study at home with your kids.
Family Bible Study at Home — Why it’s worth it.
Let’s talk about why it’s worthwhile to study the Bible at home as a family.
(Find more videos on teaching the Bible to your kids over at my YouTube channel!)
Progressive Education at Home
As parents, we don’t leave the important training to chance.
We teach our kids how to brush their teeth. We work on how to swim and when to tread water so they don’t drown. We make sure our kids are dressed appropriately for the elements–and for society–before they leave the house.
These are things we work on training our kids progressively, over time.
I brushed my toddler’s teeth for them. As they grew, I gently placed my hand over theirs and guided them in brushing their own teeth. As my kids got even older, we did quick tests of their teeth brushing skills with those little Red-Cote tablets that show plaque, and talked about the places the kids missed while brushing. Eventually, they brushed their teeth twice daily without any interference from me.
See what I mean? As parents, we work on progressively training our kids over time in the skills and knowledge areas that matter.
Teaching our kids the Bible is the most important thing we can do as parents. Our kids meet Jesus in the pages of his Word. It is through Scripture that our children are made wise for salvation.
4 Reasons for Family Bible Study with Kids
As parents, we are the guides for our children as they travel through Scripture. We can provide context that helps them understand the background of the Bible, we help identify the main themes of God’s Word for them, and we assist our kids in applying God’s Word faithfully to their lives.
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
It’s our job as parents to raise approved workers who are able to rightly handle the Word of Truth.
There are four primary reasons to study the Bible as a family:
- Discipleship – We are directed by God to train up our children in the way they should go.
- It bonds us together – Studying the Bible as a family helps us understand the hearts of our kids as we learn more about God’s heart.
- We are commanded to study the Bible as a family – Consider Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (ESV):
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
- The Lord rewards us – There is nothing more exciting than seeing our kids grow and develop as they learn the Word of God!
Family Bible study is incredibly rewarding. I’ve share with you the why behind taking your kids through Scripture. I’d love to share the how with you as well!
Bible Resources for Your Kids
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
A Crash Course in Teaching the Bible to Your Kids
Danika Cooley’s book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, will give you the tools and confidence to study the Bible as a family. It will help you identify and overcome your objections and fears, give you a crash course in what the Bible is all about and how to teach it, and provide the guidance you need to set up a family Bible study habit.
You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
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