What Resources Are Available For A Family Bible Study?
When I took on this writing assignment I was eager to tackle this topic because I wanted to learn about resources available for family Bible study lesson plans. There are many, many devotional books available for families. These often have short, one-page fictional stories and a scripture. These devotions are great resources for starting conversation with your family about principles outlined in the Bible. However, if you're looking for resources that actually study the Bible itself, written for families, the choices are more limited. I have found that the three resources listed below do go right to the Bible as the purpose of the study and are really fantastic tools for those looking for family Bible study lesson plans.
HAND-ON BIBLE NLT This New Living Translation is published by Tyndale and it is incredible! It's ideal for ages six through twelve, but could be used for younger and older children as well. It's jam packed with hands-on lesson. One example is that in Genesis they have the family use sculpting clay and create their own creatures and name them. The lesson plans have colorful images, and there are object lessons, experiments, and other hands on activities that make this Bible a great resource for a family Bible study lesson plans.
LET'S EXPLORE INSIDE THE BILE by Fiona Walton I checked out this book at my local library, and it would provide a fantastic framework for a family study. It explains how the Bible came to us, how it is made up, and then it goes through Old and New Testament Bible stories. For example, one of the stories this book features is the miracle of Jesus turning water into wine. It tells the story in two pages, with brightly colored pictures, and questions to ask your child(ren). Then the next two pages have lesson plans about this miracle. It has recipes to make as part of the celebration of a wedding, decorations to make for a celebration, and other places you can go to in the Bible to read about marriage.
MY GIANT FOLD-OUT BOOK OF BIBLE STORIES Reader's Digest is the publisher of this book. It only has 5 stories, but this resource is ideal for young children. Each story has a giant, fold out flap that opens up and reveals more of the story being told. The five stories covered are Noah and the Ark, David and Goliath, Daniel in the Lion's Den, Jonah and the whale, and Jesus's birth. While there are no lesson plans accompanying this book, as there are with the other two resources listed, this is a very age-appropriate book for zero to five year olds and it can be challenging to find resources for this age group.