Resources for Discipling Your Kids in Bible Reading
DISCIPLING OUR KIDS IN BIBLE READING: Sometimes we struggle with knowing how to teach our children to study the Bible. Sometimes we struggle with studying it ourselves. At the Engage seminar recorded below, Pastor Wayne spoke to parents on methods of how to read the Bible with their children in age-appropriate ways.
When we present our children for baptism, we make promises before God that we will “teach [our children] diligently the principles of our holy Christian faith, revealed in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments…” and that we will “endeavor, by all the means that God has appointed, to bring [them] up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord…” We make promises that we will help our children hear God speak to them through the Bible; but, as parents, we are not always confident about how to study the Bible with our kids. All parents are encouraged to watch this session to gain more confidence and become more equipped in discipling children in Bible reading.
In the Engage Seminar recorded above, Pastor Wayne mentioned a number of resources that may be of interest to parents as they seek to read the Bible with their children. They are listed here:
- Bible Reading With Your Kids: A Simple Guide for Every Father by Jon Nielson - Short, practical, and gives examples of reading plans and discussions you can have with your kids around the Bible. Highly recommended.
- One to One Bible Reading by David Helm - Nielson’s book on reading the Bible with your children is based off of this excellent book. It provides you with a good starting point for reading the Bible with another person but does not get into age-considerations like Nielson’s book. It has a sample study in the back that parents could use in reading the Bible with their teens.
- The Story: The Bible's Grand Narrative of Redemption, One Year Daily Devotional for Students by Jon Nielson - I haven’t looked closely at this one, but have appreciated Nielson’s approach to Scripture elsewhere (he’s a PCA minister). This would provide you a reading plan to follow with your high schooler.
- The Big Picture Family Devotional by David Helm - For kids ages 6-10, these reading sections would take 5-10 minutes, giving Scripture and discussion questions for you to use with your kids.
- Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids by David Murray - This gives children (ages 6-12) a Bible reading plan that they can follow and which you, as a parent, can use as the basis of your Bible study with your kids.
- ESV Thinline Bible for Kids - This ESV Bible also contains 30- and 90-day Bible reading plans for kids that take them through significant passages in the storyline of the Bible.
- Fighter Verses for Little Kids (ages 2-5) or Older kids (age 6-adults) - Developed by Desiring God Ministries, this is a Scripture memory program that could be used for different ages and stages. It also comes with a family devotional (with notes for parents) that would work well with older children. I have a copy if you would like to look through it.
- Family Worship Bible Guide by Reformation Heritage Books - This book has questions for each chapter of the Bible that can be used when reading the Bible with your children. My sense is that this would be better suited for middle school and high school-aged children.
- The Disciple-Making Parent by Chap Bettis - Included in this book are three chapters on leading your family in devotions.