Family Bible Reading Plans
Starting in September, The Gospel Project takes kids, students, and adults to Genesis to begin a three-year journey through the metanarrative of the Bible. That means that each week for three full years, churches who use The Gospel Project will provide their families with the opportunity to study through every section and most books of the Bible to see how it all points to Christ.
This also gives you the perfect opportunity to begin a family Bible reading plan to either add to your family (or personal) worship or to use as a foundation for starting one. I have found that many families want to have regular times of family worship, but they aren’t quite sure of what to do. Family worship can be elaborate, but it doesn’t have to be—especially if you are just getting started. Your worship can center on reading the Bible story or passages for the week ahead of time or together and then simply talking about what you learn from it. The beauty of reading through the Bible together as a family over three years instead of the normal one year is that your family will have more time to develop a meaningful habit of regular Bible reading, and it isn’t nearly as overwhelming as a one-year plan where falling behind a week or two seems impossible to catch up.
We have provided five different reading plans from which to choose. Each plan will guide you through the Bible over the three-year scope and sequence of The Gospel Project, but will not match what is studied as part of The Gospel Project. We wanted to provide readings that covered the entire Bible and that were fairly consistent in the amount needed to be read each week, and so for that reason, they will not align. Here is a brief explanation of each plan:
If you have little ones in your family, get a copy of The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers from the Old Testament and The Big Picture Interactive Bible Stories for Toddlers from the New Testament. These two toddler-friendly story books are designed to go hand-in-hand with The Gospel Project for Kids and contain 20 stories in each book for a total of 40. This reading plan gives parents the opportunity to read through both books four times over the three-year span by reading one story a week every week except for once when two stories are read.
Younger Kids & Older Kids
If you have grade school kids, you will want to use The Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook for your reading plan. This book also connects with The Gospel Project for Kids curriculum and provides 145 Bible stories which can be read to younger kids or by older kids. In addition, a free app can be used to bring some of the stories to life through 3D imagery. Read one story a week and weave in watching The Big Story video 10 times over the three years. The Big Story Video will help your kids grasp the big idea of the Bible—how it all points to Jesus.
Older Kids & Students
Students & Adults
Students and adults can use the full version of Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life chronological plan which covers about a chapter a day. The plan jumps around some, meaning you might have to go back and forth some in each week’s reading, but this may be a new way for many to read through the Bible helping to keep it fresh and better connect with The Gospel Project curriculum. A Reader’s Guide is available.
For those of you who might struggle with all of the page turning involved in Guthrie’s chronological plan, we also included a more traditional plan taking you straight through the Bible in book order, reading roughly a chapter a day.
Here is the link once again to the reading plans.
Brian Dembowczyk is the team leader for The Gospel Project for Kids. He served in local church ministry for over 16 years before coming to LifeWay in 2014. Brian earned an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian and his wife, Tara, and their three children – Joshua, Hannah, and Caleb – live in Murfreesboro, TN, where Brian enjoys drinking coffee and teaching 1-3 graders at City Church.