Reading the Bible is one of the primary ways that we can hear from God.

He loves us and longs to spend time with us. As we read the Bible we get to know God, his character and his great rescue plan for humankind! The Bible reminds us of Gods promises, it guides, instructs, corrects and teaches us (2 Timothy 3:16). As we read the Bible we see that we are invited to join God's mission through the power of the Holy Spirit to love and reach a world in need!

 

Getting started

When should we read?

Try to pick a consistent time that you will read together so your kids know what to expect! (Don’t worry or get discouraged if you miss a day or 2 or more, just pick up where you left off and keep going).

What Bible should we read?

For younger children who can’t read some suggestions of children’s Bibles are:

For older kids, The Action Bible is a great way to kick start their love of the Bible but when you read together as a family, we would suggest reading a non-graphic novel version (The NIV or NLT are great versions for kids).

 

Tips for reading the Bible with children

Pray and invite the Holy Spirit to speak to you

“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires”. Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)

Ask questions as you read

“Hmm that was interesting, what do you think about that?” etc.

Don’t worry if you don’t have all the answers

There are some great resources available that would help with Bible understanding on Rightnow Media. If you have not signed up for your free account, we suggest you go HERE to do so and check out:

  • Books of the Bible with Buck Denver & Friends
  • The Bible Project and the "How to Read__" videos

 

Questions to ask

  • What did you like? What did you not like?
  • What did we learn about God? What is God like in this story? What has he done?
  • What did we learn about people?
  • What is God saying to us? How should we respond? What should we do?
  • Who do we tell?

 

Some suggested readings:

Creation & Beginnings
Genesis 1-2
Genesis 3
John 1:1-5

About Israel, God’s Special Family
Genesis 12:1
Exodus 14:5-31
Numbers 13:1-14:12
Joshua 3
Judges 6-7
1 Samuel 17:17-58
1 Kings 18
2 Kings 4:1-36
2 Kings 5
Isaiah 6
Daniel 3
Daniel 6

Learning about God (and how to talk to Him)
Psalm 8
Psalm 14
Psalm 19
Psalm 23
Psalm 24
Psalm 27
Psalm 32
Psalm 46
Psalm 139
Psalm 146
Proverbs 3:1-6
Isaiah 40

Jesus on Earth
Matthew 4:1-17
Matthew 5:1-16
Matthew 14
Matthew 18:21-35
Luke 4:14-30
Luke 8:22-39
Luke 10:30-37
Luke 15
Luke 19:1-10
John 1:1-18
John 6:1-15
John 10:22-42
John 14:1-17

The Church Starts
Acts 1:6-11
Acts 3:1-11
Acts 4:1-31
Acts 8:26-40
Acts 9:1-21
Acts 12:1-19
Acts 16:16-40

Good Stuff for Followers of Jesus
Romans 8:31-39
Romans 12
Galatians 5:16-26
Ephesians 6:10-20
Ephesians 4:14-21
Philippians 2:1-11
Colossians 3:12-17

When Jesus Comes Back
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Revelation 21-22