Do you desire to begin afresh with a vision and goals for a new season, new year, or new situation?
Whether it’s a new year or simply time for a change, New Beginnings is the tool your family needs.
It’s no secret that successful people evaluate their struggles and goals on a regular basis. This study will help your family navigate changes and live victoriously together!
This Bible study is written for the whole family. It spans 5 full days at about 20-30 minutes per day. You will dig deep in the Scriptures as you prayerfully evaluate your own life.
If a family Bible study is something you’ve always wanted to do or something you absolutely want to do more, click below and sign up for this FREE 5-day Bible study.
The Purpose of Family Bible Study
When we do family Bible study, it’s important to know and keep our purpose in focus. Are we doing this to impress others? Look holy? Fulfill an obligation? Of course not. But sometimes we can slip into that gray area when we don’t stay focused on why we are really doing this.
When we get down to it, the purpose for Bible study is:
- To know God better by knowing His Word.
- To learn, discern, and share truth.
- To enjoy a deeper relationship with God.
Will our kids remember the purpose? Probably not. So when your kids give lousy answers, pick their noses, fight, or even complain during your family time, keep your purpose in perspective. As parents, we’re planting seeds, trusting that God will one day bring the growth. Don’t imagine that other families are doing a better job. Trust God to take our offering of family Bible study – even if it’s a little messy – and work in the hearts of our kids in His time and ways. He’s faithful!
Our New Beginnings Bible Study Format
Our greatest goal with our bible studies is to teach kids how to spend time in the Word on their own. This is a skill that will follow them into adulthood to help them navigate the waters of life according to God’s Word. But of course, kids need direction. That’s where the bible study comes in.
This 5-day study is written for the whole family! And it will serve two main purposes. One, it will give your family purposeful time in the Word, complete with a hands-on activity to solidify the day’s teaching. And two, it will give your kids an introductory taste of what it means to spend time in God’s Word on their own. Win-win.
The study includes four different levels:
- Parent Guide (including personal study, discussion ideas, and a daily family activity)
- Primary (ages 4-7)
- Junior (ages 8-12)
- Youth (ages 12+)
Each day you and your kids will find short but meaningful Bible passages to read and later discuss.
Day 1: Journey through the Bible as you look at God’s call for you to evaluate your life and look for things that you need to change.
Day 2: Gird yourselves up with the Scripture that you will need to make a change in your life.
Day 3: Take a deep look at yourself while flipping through pertinent Scripture, making a list of things that you can do better.
Day 4: Consider the season that God has placed you in right now and learn the power of waiting on Him for direction.
Day 5: Write out your plan for change, remembering that God is the one who orders your steps!
How to Study The Bible as a Family
Often families think the best way to study the Bible together is to sit in a circle and have each person read/answer questions. In truth, this is a good way to feel frustrated. Little kids can get lost and older kids can feel like it’s boring.
In order to meet each person where they are, the actual “study” part should be done on an age-appropriate level. To put it simply, any child over the age of 8 who can read on their own, should be spending some time studying the Bible on their own. Once everyone has had the opportunity to study and process, come together to discuss what you’ve learned. Your conversations will be much richer!
Here’s a breakdown of what that might look like for each age level.
The parent guide has two aspects. First, there is a personal study for you. You’ll be studying the same thing as the kids, but it’s tailored to help you think through it as a parent. At the conclusion of each lesson, you’ll also find the central Scripture, key truth, and discussion questions. This section is designed to help you lead the discussion with your kids.
I recommend that you study on your own before beginning your day. Once everyone has completed the day’s study, it’s time to come together and discuss! Below you’ll find a strategy for working with each age level.
For Kids Ages 4-7:
We recommend that each family member has a book, so go ahead and print one out for your little ones! This helps kids feel like they aren’t too young to be a part. Our Primary level studies are written for this purpose. Mom/Dad reads the lesson out loud to the child and the child responds by answering questions verbally, as well as drawing in the space provided.
In our home, I gather all of the kids in this age level and work together with them while the older kids are studying independently.
For Kids Ages 8-12:
This is the premium age for spiritual growth! These kids are sponges soaking up everything possible about God. Be sure they have their own book so they can move at their own pace and take ownership of what they are learning. Encourage them not to get hung up on things they don’t know. They can ask questions during your family time.
The goal of their independent study is to get them in the Bible for themselves and to think deeply about what they are learning BEFORE anyone else puts ideas into their head. This is truly the key to helping kids have authentic life-changing faith.
For Teens Ages 12 and Up:
If you try to think for your teens, you’ll quickly find yourself frustrated. God has uniquely designed this age group to challenge ideas, discern truth, and fight for what they believe. Now is the time to make sure they have many great tools at their fingertips.
Studying independently will provide the opportunity for them to read God’s Word themselves and think through what they believe before discussing it. If you’ve ever felt like your teens weren’t engaged this is why. They need to study and grasp on their own before they can contribute to a discussion, much like you and I!
Get a Copy of the Free Bible Study Today!
To get your copy of The New Beginnings bible study, fill out the form below. The study will be sent straight to your email inbox. We’re so excited to hear how the Lord uses it in your family’s life!
Other Family Resources:
If you’d like some other faith-inspiring tips and ideas, check out some of our most popular posts.