Is buying a bible worth it?
Did I hit a nerve? Clickbait. Gotcha!! To answer my question, of course, it is.
If you attended last weekend’s service or watched the service online, you probably heard the great news! We are handing out Bibles to any kids who need them on Christmas Eve! The other great news is that we, as individuals, could help financially make that happen. As time moves forward, stats prove that biblical illiteracy is becoming more and more of a concern in our Christian faith. I would love you to partner with us in this endeavor and give the gift of God’s word to kids. Because biblical illiteracy is a real concern, there are three things that we can do to combat that as parents as well as picking up your free bible on Christmas Eve!
1) Get into God’s word daily yourself and encourage your kids to join in.
With these bibles that our church is going to purchase for you, we are encouraging kids and parents to spend time daily reading and studying God’s word. We will have three types of unique bibles, all for specific ages under the age of 11.
2) Study and apply God’s word together.
There are many ways you can do this. For example, have your family read together in one room and then discuss it together and ask questions to get your kids to answer questions. Create an environment where it is ok for kids to ask and answer questions, if not, they will always be silent in their questions about their faith.
3)Help your kids become familiar with God’s word.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 is a powerful scripture on the importance of discipleship in your home.
"6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down, and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates."
Scripture tells us that we are to impress what is important on our hearts to our children. And we can do this in the following settings:
Home is your kid’s safe haven. Create a safe environment for your kids to feel that faith and love are the most important values in your home. Encourage discussion, and questions about anything. Let your kids see you worshipping or spending time with God at home.
Take opportunities to go out into God’s creation and enjoy everything that He has for you.
Before, bedtime was always the best time for our kids. All kids are different but try and decipher with your kids what works and when they are most chatty. I heard this great advice a few years ago that has stuck with me, buy bigger beds for your kids so parents can fit on them to chat, pray, encourage, to spend quality time with them.
Have breakfast with your kids, pray for them, pray for the day, ask them how the day is going to look for them, and ask if they have anything that is making them anxious for that day.
Thanks for reading!
Praying for you.
CPC Family Pastor