Saturday’s Youth & Family Devotional was all about how to have inspiring family Bible study. We had a Bible Bowl, teaching, and practice Bible studies.
Now, since I’m only 28 and don’t have teens of my own, I thought I’d call a bunch of people who have “been there, done that” when it comes to engaging the Bible as a family. They gave me some great direction that I wanted to pass on to each of you. Here’s a basic outline of what we went over:
The number one reason families do not open the Bible together is because they feel that it is awkward. Either they don’t know how to begin, or they’re out of practice, or the questions seem strange, or they feel unprepared. These all lend themselves to “awkwardness”, and nobody likes awkwardness. My goal last night was to provide you with one simple tool that will remove all awkwardness. That can be found below!
By an anonymous survey we took at the devo, almost every single junior high/high schooler said they wished they could speak about more spiritual stuff with their parents. Not surprisingly, every single parent said they wish they could engage their kids more with the Bible. Wow! Think about that! Almost every person in each of our families wished they could have a deeper connection with their family on spiritual matters. That tells me that this is an important topic!
We read through 2 Timothy 3:10-17 together. This is Paul writing to Timothy. Paul and Timothy had what can be described as a father-son relationship. With that bit of context, there’s two things you can pull out of this. The first is that in verses 10-12, it is clear that Timothy (the son) knows everything about Paul (the dad). Paul has clearly shared his life, his faith, and his struggles with Timothy. It formed a powerful bond, which made Timothy more eager and open to Paul’s life advice. Parents, can you say the same about your kids? Do they know your faith? Do they know your struggles? Do they know your life? If not, it would be wise to be sure you share openly with them. Family Bible study can be effective only if your kids can see you for who you really are.
The second thing to pull out of it is that Paul is encouraging Timothy to continue learning the Scriptures that he’s been taught since infancy. At the time of this writing, Timothy was probably around thirty years old! What this tells me is that we are never done learning. Teens, you need to be sure to accept and submit yourselves to your parents’ teaching. They are a great, great source of wisdom and encouragement!
FINALLY, we broke into groups and were each given a mock family Bible study for practice. In groups, I gave what I consider the “anti-awkwardness” tool. I gave each group 8 minutes to read the passage and go through it with the tool, which is simply four questions to ask.
So, without further introduction, here is the Anti-Awkwardness Tool for Inspiring Family Bible Study:
As you read a passage (any passage) together, ask the following four questions upon reading it:
1) In my own words, what does this passage say?
2) Why is it important?
3) What do I need to do about it?
4) How can I remember it?
That’s it! I know, I know, you’re skeptical. How can four questions ensure inspiring family Bible studies? Well, if you came to the devo, you wouldn’t be skeptical. We practiced it, and believe me, it works. My challenge for you is, sit down with your family this week. Allow for 10-15 minutes. Pick a passage from the Bible, and at the end of it, take a turn answering these questions.
And guess what? At the end of it, you’ll have had an inspiring, un-awkward family Bible study.
See you next time! Our next Youth and Family Devotional is scheduled on July 26, and it is titled “Setting Family Goals.” It’ll be in the evening (7 – 8:30 pm) on the East side.