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Does anyone have a family Bible Study time? Can you give suggestions..how to go about it..books recommended..anything.
Dh and I are strong believers in the Lord, although we have not always been avid churchgoers.
This is something I have wanted to do for awhile, but have no idea where to start.
The only Bible we have is a King James Version. No study materials or anything...
My daughter has been going to church with her friend some lately, but I believe she is only going to hang out with her friends..I do not want that to be her main purpose in going.
Any suggestions you could give would be fantastic! Thanks!
I think it's awesome that you want to start studying the Word as a family. My mom and I used to pick a book of the Bible every month and read it together and then discuss what we felt the Lord was saying to us through His word. We would first ask God to speak to us and guide us through His written word and then read the passages together.
The most rewarding discussion that we had together was on 1 Corinthians. We discussed sexual morality, loving selflessly, and she even shared some stories about how she and my dad met and discerned their marriage. It was a "bonding" moment for us. :o)
Don't undervalue your daughter's reasons for going to Church. She may be going to socialize with friends now, but Jesus is knocking on her heart and He will find a way in. It's great that she's already in the right place!
Specifically, around Easter time, my family would gather together and read the Passion narratives in the gospel. I have posted on my shelf a companion book to the Mel Gibson movie that is really good. It's short and simple. Easy to understand and has a great message. One year on Good Friday we watched the Passion movie and then read the scripture. It was intense, but good at the same time.
I hope this helps!
Good luck, Mary, and God bless.
If you have younger kids(up to about age 9 or 10), the Ruth Graham's: Step into the Bible (100 bible stories for family devotions) is a good place to start. We read it and discuss the questions and practice the weekly verse. My three year old twins have totally memorized verses since they were 2 and remember them.
Also for my daughter I do a study called Secret Keeper Girl, it's dates for mom and daughter that have a bible message and discussion--plus lots of fun.
A final fun suggestion is the Hands on Bible has lots of fun stuff to read and do together.
Hope you find what your seeking for your family time!