Reading the Bible Together
Select a passage from the Cross of Christ Reading Plan or your reading plan that fits with your family’s collective attention span and available time. Start with a brief prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to guide your reading of God’s Word.
1. Read the passage while thinking about this question:
- What words do you notice?
Then, give everyone a brief opportunity to say what they noticed. (For example: Look for repeated words, words that seem important, or words you didn’t understand. Try to answer the basic “Who, What, When, Where, Why” questions. Keep it simple.)
2. Read the passage again while thinking about this question:
- What did you learn about Jesus and his kingdom?
Then, give everyone a brief opportunity to say what they learned. (For example: Nothing is more powerful than Jesus words. Or, with Jesus, there is always hope. Or, Jesus never gives up on his friends, etc. Let the text shape your answers).
3. Read the passage once more while thinking about this question:
- What did you learn about being a member of Jesus’ kingdom?
Then, give everyone a brief opportunity to say what they learned. (For example: Jesus sustains my faith with his Word. Or, Jesus has grace for me even in my dark moments. Or, Jesus can accomplish his promises through us, etc. Let the text shape your answers).
4. What is one specific way this passage could guide us in how we live?
(For example: Jesus invites us to follow him. I can give my fears to Jesus because he is strong. Jesus calls me to love others instead of prove that I’m right.)
5. Close with a prayer based on the passage.
(For example: Heavenly Father, teach us to be giving and forgiving to others as you are to us. Thank you for the forgiveness we have through Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.)