This is the year I plan to teach my children how to study the Bible.
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6
I believe we’re in a generation of biblical illiteracy. I believe it’s our greatest sin and our greatest weakness. If I’m not in the Word of God, then I am running on my own steam, thoughts, and impressions.
Some Christians are bypassing what is essential for living as God intends. Many don’t realize that if they don’t know His Word, they don’t know God. They’re building their houses on sand instead of on rock, because the rock is God; the rock is Jesus; the rock is the Spirit; the rock is truth.
It’s so sad, because in our busyness we’re excusing ourselves from studying His Word, which is the very truth that sets us apart, keeps us from the evil one, and propels us into the world to proclaim truth with confidence no matter the cost, as we see in John 17: 14–19.
“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes, I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.” (John 17:14-19)
Oh, Beloved, don’t you see how critically important spending time in God’s Word is? I understand, we’re all busy, but life keeps moving on, and what is most important can take a back seat because of our hectic schedules.
Will you decide now you’re going to do what you know God tells you to do? We know that 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
I trust in this new year, not only will you determined that you will spend time studying God’s Word, but you will also teach your children. Can you think of anything more important?
Our children and grandchildren are living in an unprecedented age. Millennials (also known as Generation Y, born between 1981 and 1997, 75.4 million strong, now surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers in 2015) overall are less likely to read or trust the Bible than any other generation before them. The unbelievable false teaching that’s taking place in many of our elementary schools up through our universities can be frightening. We know we are not to live in fear (Isaiah 41:10), but to do our part.
It’s so wonderful to see very young children learn to study the Bible. They’re able to comprehend what they are learning. Children often go on to study as young adults, and later grow into godly adults and parents.
Through the Precept Ministries’ Transform Student Ministry, I have seen three generations grow up and become not only students of God’s Word, but Bible study leaders. I’ve seen this happen time and time again with our children and students.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the thought of where to begin; let me introduce you to our Discover 4 Yourself® children’s Bible studies. God is miraculously using these studies not only here in the U.S. but in countries around the world.
Children are at the ideal age to begin learning to study the Bible. There’s nothing else that will impact their lives for good more than God’s Word being poured into their lives.
The Discover 4 Yourself Inductive Bible Studies for Kids will help your child find and discover what the Bible is all about—and it will give them exciting ways to do it! This Bible study is serious fun!
I believe these studies are some of the best inductive Bible studies for children. The hands-on books help teach the basic skills of Bible study for a lifetime of discovering God’s Word.
Oh, my friend, it’s not by accident that you have continued to read this blog. Pray and plan the time to incorporate Bible study into your life.
Will you do it, will you make this the year for Bible study for you and your family? You will never be sorry for putting God first in your life.
Learn more about The Discover 4 Yourself® Inductive Bible Studies for Kids
Kay Arthur’s exciting, practical approach to the Scriptures has influenced thousands to use the Precept™ Inductive Bible Study Method in their personal studies. Her distinguished Christian character, Bible teaching, championing of biblical literacy, and national radio and television programs motivate others to discover truth for themselves. Kay’s passion is for people to be established in God’s Word.
At the age of 29, a divorced mother of two working as a nurse, Kay called in sick to the hospital where she was working because she was sick at heart, sick over the life of sin she had been living. She had a religion but did not possess a relationship with God. On the morning of July 16, 1963, she fell on her knees as a sinner and rose as pure and whole in the Lord’s sight. “For ‘Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved’” Romans 10:13, (NASB). “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB). She hungered and thirsted for the Word of truth and began studying the Bible. Her relationship with the Lord and scriptural findings turned her sorrows into joy and her mourning into laughter.
God’s love poured down upon her in 1965 when she married a missionary with the Pocket Testament League named Jack Arthur. Together they served as missionaries in Mexico for three and a half years until health issues led them back to the States. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jack began managing a Christian radio station, and Kay began a teen Bible study. Though the study started as a small gathering in the living room of the couple’s home, it soon grew from teens to college students to adults. From the beginning of the gatherings Kay and Jack’s deepest desire was to establish people in God’s Word. They founded a ministry in 1970 that became Precept Ministries International where they served, Jack as President and Kay as Executive Vice President, later as Co-CEOs, until February 2012 when they stepped down and their son David became President and CEO.
Kay is the teacher and host of Precepts for Life, a daily television, radio, and online program which takes the student through the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse using the Inductive Bible Study Method. Precepts for Life™ TV and Radio reaches more than 75 million households each day in more than 30 countries, while the online program is available to almost everyone on the planet.
Kay currently resides in Tennessee.