I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of the resource. This week’s resource is The Big Picture Interactive It’s All About Jesus Bible Storybook from B&H Kids. Our B&H Kids team helped with this post.
I am responsible to pastor my daughters. And not because I am actually “a real life pastor” but simply because I am their father. As parents, we hold the most significant position of influence in the life of our children. As Christian parents, the Bible must hold a place of significant prominence. For the Word of God to dwell in the hearts of our children, it must dwell in our hearts. For our spiritual lives to be alive, the living and active Word of God must grip us. George Mueller stated, “The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.” One of the most tangible ways to help our children love the Bible and help them see that we love the Bible is to spend time in the Bible together. Here are three ways to make this happen:
1. Schedule It.
We make time for things that we deem important. Studying the Bible with our kids should take precedent over sports, extracurricular activities, and other social commitments. Some families read the Scripture together every day. Others do so weekly. We, like others, fall somewhere in between. Our kids know when I climb in bed with them to read, it is time to read the Bible together. Set a time when you and your kids read and discuss God’s Word. Maybe it’s over breakfast on Thursday mornings. Maybe it’s at the dinner table on Tuesday nights. Find a rhythm.
2. Pray About It.
Sometimes we forget to recognize the Holy Spirit’s work in our ability to understand and relate to the Bible. Pray for the Holy Spirit to pursue your family—to give each person a hearty desire to read and learn more about God’s story. He will honor your desires to know Him. Pray for the Lord to give you insight as you answer questions and for the Lord to soften the hearts of your kids toward Him.
3. Choose a Resource.
It can be overwhelming to know where to start, and sometimes that is enough to derail our best intentions. However, there are hundreds of great resources for kids and families that have been designed and created to help you dig into the Bible.
The It’s All About Jesus Bible Storybook is one of those resources. It includes Bible stories, discussion points, and even a free app that turns the book into a digital pop-up book to help keep your kids’ attention. The storybook Bible was birthed from our Gospel Project for Kids. Churches who use Gospel Project for Kids may offer the Bible to help families continue to learn throughout the week what they’ve learned on Sunday. Of course, it can be used by any family who wants to help children understand the story of the Bible and how every story points to Jesus.
Enter to win 1 of 10 copies of the book in the form below or by clicking here before 11:59pm CT tonight, November 9, 2016. We will notify winners on Thursday, November 10, via email.