Suggested Family Devotion Series
If you were to explain the story of the Bible to your kids, what would you tell them? Here is a simple but thorough outline that you can use with your children. Pick a night each week and read the suggested passages. Ask the questions and allow your family to discuss their answers. Close in prayer.
This simple plan will teach your children the value of studying God’s word and talking about their faith in Christ. It will also challenge them to live out what they are learning each day.
The gospel message of salvation is woven all the way through the Scriptures. From the very beginning, God created us to know Him and to be in His presence one day. Our sin separated us from God. God judged sin, yet provided a way to be reunited in fellowship and relationship with Him through His son Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, God told His people to wait for a perfect lamb sacrifice that would come one day. They were to kill a lamb and ask for forgiveness for their sins until one day the eternal lamb would come and die for us once for all. Look at 1 Peter 2:24. “And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” God sent His son to die so we might live. Then God raised him from the dead. This assures us that one day we’ll be raised from the dead also when God sends Jesus back to the earth. This is the great story of the Bible that your children need to hear you speak about often. Take the time now and spend 9 weeks telling the story of the Bible. (Some questions have “suggested” answers in brackets.)
Week 1: Creation – God Made It All
God made us to be in relationship with Him.
Read Genesis 1:1-27
What’s the most awesome thing God has made and why? (Genesis 1:1-25)
Why did God make the world? (Revelation 4:11; Psalm 149:4) [To love us, to be with us, to display His glory and majesty, etc.]
What would you say is the most important thing God made? (Genesis 1:26-27)
Week 2: Getting to Know God – God Made Me to Know Him
We get to know God by loving Him and respecting everything He tells us.
Read Deuteronomy 6:1-13
How do you describe God to a friend at school?
According to Deuteronomy 6:2, 5, 7-8, how are we to fear God? [by keeping His commands, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength, talk about, repeat, memorize His commands]
How can we show our love for God according to this passage?
Week 3: Sin is Admitting That Nobody Is Close to Being Perfect
It wasn’t just Adam and Eve who sinned. I sin too by my acts of disobedience.
Read Genesis 3:1-7 and Romans 5:12
Who lived in the Garden of Eden?
What happened when Adam and Eve met the serpent?
Why was it bad that they listened to the serpent? [The serpent told them to do a bad thing that God said not to do.]
What happened as a result of listening to the serpent? (Genesis 3:9, 24)
Week 4: The Flood – When I Sin, There is Always a Consequence
Our sin causes God to judge sin. Our obedience and love for God allows Him to show His faithfulness to us.
Read Genesis 6:7-14; 7:1; 8:1-16
Have one child tell the story of the flood from their perspective. Have another fill in missing details.
Why did God only pick Noah and his family to enter the ark? [Noah was a righteous man, Gen. 6:9]
How do we find favor in God’s eyes like Noah and his family? [We need to do what God tells us (Gen. 6:22) and walk with Him (Gen 6:9).]
Week 5: No Matter What I Do Wrong, God Wants Me Back
God forgives my sin if I ask for His provision because He is a loving and compassionate God.
Read Exodus 4:1-7; 12:1-14
Why was God mad at Pharaoh and the Egyptians? [They had enslaved the Israelites, God’s people.]
How did he protect the Hebrews from Judgment?
Who is the sacrificial lamb in the New Testament? (1 Pet. 1:18-19)
Week 6: Jesus Christ – The Savior of the World
God saves us through Jesus Christ because He loves us.
Read John 3:16
Where did Jesus come from? (Luke 2)
How much does God love you?
How do we receive God’s love? [We always have God’s love, we don’t have to earn it! We do need to accept it and thank God for it!]
Why do we have to ask for forgiveness of our sins first before we can be forgiven? (Rom. 3:23; 6:23; 5:8)
Week 7: Salvation – I Can’t Earn My Salvation
You can’t earn your salvation by trying. It only comes by belief and faith, then being baptized.
Read Mark 16:16 and Ephesians 2:8-9
How do we become a Christian according to these two verses?
What does it mean to believe? [To trust in God]
What does it mean to have faith in Christ? [To trust that Christ really is God’s Messiah and his death really can save us]
Week 8: Learning to Live the Christian Life
I can only live the Christian life when I learn to love God and others.
Read Matthew 22:36-46
How do you love God?
How do you love others?
Week 9: Kingdom of God – Our Eternal Home
God is going to live on the earth when He makes it new again, like the Garden of Eden. Because I am a Christian, God will let me live in His Kingdom at the resurrection and I will be with God forever.
Read John 5:24-29 and Revelation 21:1-8; 22:1-5
Where did Jesus go after God raised him from the dead? [Heaven, where he sat down at the right hand of God (Psalm 110:1)]
What will the Kingdom be like? (Isa 65)
Recommended Books by Topic
801 Questions Kids Ask About God
Be Prepared for Unexpected Questions. Kids ask amazing and often difficult questions about God, faith, and the Bible. By using the thoughtful answers within the pages of this valuable resource, you will not be left at a loss for words. A compilation of the best-selling “101 Questions Kids Ask” series, this extensive and fun reference from Heritage Builders is a great tool for passing on a Christian legacy.
Adventures with God, Ages 2 to 5
by Jennifer Wilson, Harrison House
A unique devotional that shows you and your children how to turn an ordinary shoebox into baby Jesus´ manger, a paper bag into a lesson on God´s kindness, and much more! You´ll find 52 weeks´ worth of activities that demonstrate the character and love of God.
My Time With God, Ages 8-12
by Jeanette Dall & Carla Williams
In this book kids will see that quiet times with God can be both inspiring and fun! This book shows kids how to get into God´s Word, and has ideas for personal prayer starters and thought provoking questions that send them to their Bibles for answers. This book has 150 days worth of great ideas and is a terrific way for parents to pass on a spiritual heritage to their children.
A Faith to Grow On by John MacArthur, Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Families Where Grace is in Place by Jeff VanVonderen, Bethany House Publishers
Faith Training, Raising Kids Who Love the Lord by Dr. Joe White, Focus on the Family
Raising Kids Who Turn Out Right by Tim Kimmel, Multnoma Books
Raising Children to Adore God by Patrick Kavanaugh
Night Light for Parents by James and Shirley Dobson
The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian
Dare to Discipline by James Dobson
Quiet Times for Couples, A Daily Devotional H. Norman Wright
Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, Thomas Nelson, Inc.
For Men Only by Shaunti Feldhahn
For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn
Night Light by James Dobson
The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian