We all know that family life can get quite hectic at times. Between school, work, housework, and just spending quality time with our kids we, as parents, often feel stretched too thin. There are days when we have to sacrifice some things just to get time to put food on the table.
Time spent learning about the Bible is one thing should never be sacrificed. By taking the time to incorporate a family Bible study time will make a such a huge impact in your children’s lives and will give them many of the necessary skills they will need in to survive in the outside world.
We all make sacrifices in our busy lives. We run by the fast food restaurant when we don’t have time to make dinner. Then there are times when we help our kids too much on a school project just to get it done quicker. And of course, there are times when we are feeling a time crunch on the weekends and we skip church. These are things we all do.
If you stop making time for studying God’s Word so will your children. You children are learning from you. By making time to study the Bible your will children will learn that it is something they always need to make time for as well. One way to do this is to start a family Bible study.
The ideal situation would be to have a family Bible study everyday but that is not always possible, especially in the beginning. I would recommend start a weekly family Bible study to start out with. Choose one night a week and stick with it. In the beginning I am sure that you will be met with the screams and groans of your kids not wanting to participate. Just make sure you make the studies consistent and to use a variety of different study methods to help everyone become interested.
Your family Bible study should revolve around the Bible but remember the Bible is not the only teaching tool you can use. At your first Bible study start with a familiar Bible Story, such as Noah’s Ark, Creation, or Can and Able. Ask each member of the family to write down or voice their opinion of the story. What would they have done in the same situation?
It is a good idea to make notes of your family Bible studies for future reference. By taking notes you can keep a record of studies you have already done, what type of teaching tool worked and what type didn’t, etc. You will be glad you took notes down the road.
Some other teaching tools you can use during your family Bible study are spiritual movies, songs, current events, and hot topics that your children are dealing with daily. As you plan the lessons, be sure that your instruction is biblically based so that kids get the correct knowledge from the Bible. With so many options for teaching methods, you are sure to find one the family will like, but more importantly, one they can learn from.
Don’t just stick to well known stories every time either. Pick an obscure story from the Bible to lead a discussion. These stories will peak their interest. As the family learns and prays together, over time, you’ll see that everyone will begin to put the life lessons from the Bible into practice in real life as well. These study sessions will also help to pave the way for a God-fearing adult life for your children and a stronger bond within the entire family.
Do you have family Bible study time in your house? How do you structure your family Bible study time?amily learns and prays together, over time, you’ll see that everyone will begin to put the life lessons from the Bible into practice in real life as well. These study sessions will also help to pave the way for a God-fearing adult life for your children and a stronger bond within the entire family.