Should you make an effort with your kids toward daily Bible reading? Yes! Here are four reasons for daily Bible reading as a family.
Kids and Daily Bible Reading
Do you know that old parenting joke?
It goes something like this: Everyone is a perfect parent, raising perfect kids… until they actually have children.
Funny, right? I mean, the exhausting thing about parenting is it’s unpredictable. It’s hard a lot of the time. It’s constant. Kids don’t take a vacation.
So, let’s talk about why it’s important to get your kids into God’s Word every day. Before we start, though, let’s acknowledge the fact that you probably won’t actually read the Bible each and every day with your kids. Someone is going to projectile vomit. You’re going to have a field trip and everyone will be exhausted and hungry by the time you get home. You’re going to have days when you just aren’t feeling it.
You know what? That’s OK. In fact, in Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, I have a whole chapter about how to plan for days when you can’t read the Bible together as a family.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about daily Bible reading and why it’s a good idea (except on the days everyone has the flu).
Daily Bible Reading as a Family
I put together this video talking about why daily Bible reading is important for your family.
(Find more videos on teaching the Bible to your kids over at my YouTube channel!)
Four Reasons for You and Your Kids to Engage in Daily Bible Reading
Let’s recap, shall we? Here are four reasons you are going to want to read the Bible every day with your kids!
- We practice daily Bible reading with our kids because the Bible is our light in the darkness.
Psalm 119:105, ESV, says:
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
- We practice daily Bible reading with our kids for instruction, endurance, encouragement, and hope.
Romans 15:4, ESV, says:
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
- We read the Bible daily because it is the way we hear God’s voice.
Hebrews 1:1-2, ESV, says:
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”
- We read the Bible daily because Jesus tells his disciples to live in his Word.
John 8:31-32, ESV, says:
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.””
God’s Word is a light to our children’s feet. It instructs them and supplies them with instruction, endurance, encouragement, and hope. The Bible is the way our kids will hear God’s voice, and Jesus tells us to live in his Word to be his disciples–and he will set us free in his truth!
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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