Here are Ten Tips for Reading the Bible as a Family in 2018:

 

1. Resolve this issue right away: Can your children handle it?

Can they? Yes! Don't be intimidated by the fact that your children are young. They may not get everything out of everything, but they will get something out of everything. You will find that they will understand more than you anticipate. Remember that Timothy's mother taught him the scriptures from the time he was a child, "from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures" (2 Tim:315). Remember that God's people have gathered for many hours to hear the reading of the Word of God (Nehemiah 8:1). Also, remember that most of the Bible is narrative – stories that children can love. Children are fully able to sit down and watch a video for an hour. Certainly, that is proof positive that they can sit and listen to reading for 20-40 minutes.

 

2. Prepare a heart of gladness

The entire Bible points to, "good tidings of great joy which will be for all the people."

Parents who have a love for the words of scripture are the most powerful leverage points in children's lives. The more you love the Word of God, the easier it will be for your children to hear you read it to them. It is contagious when you love the words and the stories of the Bible, believing that they are "pure," "perfect" and "holy." God promises that those who delight in the law of the Lord are richly rewarded, "He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper." (Psalm 1:3).

 

3. Keep it simple

Don't think you need to explain everything. When you are reading through the Bible in a year, there is no way you can carefully talk about and analyze everything in the chapters for each day. It's simply too much material. When you are finished reading the chapter or the section, pick out one verse or one idea and talk about it. Be content with the big picture. I often asked questions like, "What was your favorite part?" or "What wonderful things did you see in His law?" (Ps 119:18).

 

4. Pick a consistent place and time of the day to read

Consistency is key. Why? Two reasons. First, we need orderliness to succeed, as the Psalmist said, "So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12). Second, because everything in your life will wage war against whatever time you choose. The Devil will throw every trick in the book to get you to divert your family from reading the Bible, including your own family members. Select an unbreakable time. Sometimes we found it helpful to read the Old Testament in the morning and the New Testament in the evening to break it up. I highly recommend it. This helps you to declare His "lovingkindness in the morning," and "His faithfulness by night" (Psalm 92:2).

 

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Posted by Azania Phillips Wednesday, December 27, 2017 10:18:00 AM

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