Sunday, November 23, 2014

Bible Study Resources


Building Faith in in Families
Sunday, November 23, 2014
*1. Pray for them
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. - James 1:5

2. Realize Your Purpose - You aren't pushing them away.
*BE LEAVEN - Matthew 13:33
We cannot be leaven kept in a little package on the shelf of the kitchen. Leaven has to make contact. It has to penetrate the bread dough. Penetrating in the bread dough, the leaven loses its identity but notice the result - a delicious loaf of bread! Pass close to the bakery when they are taking bread out of the oven. You will want to stop, go in and buy some bread! This is like the Christian who penetrates his own family with the presence of Jesus Christ.

*BE SALT - Matthew 5:13
But what if the salt stays in the saltshaker? We can be pure salt but if we never get out of the saltshaker and are never put on the food, we will never give the taste of the gospel to our families. Make mashed potatoes with no salt and see how it has no taste. Now add some salt and mix it in. Now those who taste it will say: "I like mashed potatoes!" The members of your family, on seeing your life, might exclaim: "I like the Christian life!"

BE LIGHT - Matthew 5:14-16
Don’t put the light under a basket. That will do no one any good. Light has to illuminate the place where you live.



    *Introducing Scripture to your home:
    4 “Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as [b]frontals [c]on your forehead.You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

    Get them on something you see everyday.
    *Index Cards on Mirrors - *Scripture on the mirrors *"Write them on your doorposts" - Something
    Put it on photos -
    (show home example)
    *http://picasa.google.com/ (Add text to photos) - PC & Mac
    http://www.gimp.org/ (Really Fancy Photo Editor)
    Put it in your decorations -
    *Pinterest* - WHOA!
    *Put it in your jewelry -
    *Put it on your Screen!
          http://biblescreen.com/
    Old Digital Photo Frames?
    *Put a Bible, in every room.
    Yes, even your bathroom!


    *Family Devotional Tips:
    *Make the Time - specific
    Keep  it Consistent - regular, routine
    Structure it around something you already do.  What is the most regular thing your family does?
    Meals? Church?  Bed time?
    Keep it distraction free
    Keep it Reasonably Short - young children, short attention spans
    Keep others involved - read a verse, pray, pick the topic
    Keep it encouraging - Philippians, Genesis or Daniel, not Ecclesiastes or SOS, Revelation,


    *Surefire ways to blow family devotionals & studies?
    1. Be so rigid that they think all of their salvation depends on keeping tonight's study.
    2. Target others
    3. Make it Long
    4. Expect Immediate Results - "Revelation 21:8 - Burn Burn Burn, Liars".

    *Tips for good study. 
    Get a concordance.  A good one. 
    Pick up a commentary - NIV College Press -
    Don't move too fast! (a chapter per study might be too fast!

    Prepared Devotionals
  1. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/spiritual-growth-for-kids/family-mealtime-devotionals/family-mealtime-devotionals
  2. http://www.josh.org/resources/daily-devotional/todays-family-devotional/
    * http://www.thrivingfamily.com/Additions/family-faith-archive.aspx


  3. Family Date/Study Night -
         5th Monday - Bible Study Night
    Put some  money in it.  We vote with our money.
    We spend on movies, colts games, cardinals games, date nights,



    *Translations & Plans
    *Translations:
    Young Readers, NIrV
    Middle Readers, NIV or ESV
    Older Readers, NKJV, NASB
    Personalized Reading Plans
    www.Bible.org "Lumina" *
               Family on the Go
    Friends, Social Media, Form Bible Study Groups
    Create your own family study group. 
    110 Version 40 Languages
    Side By Side Comparisons
    Take Notes to Go
    Read Aloud
    Reading Plans (thousands)

    *Mysword for Smartphone (use Offline)
    *Esword for Computer (Use Offline)
    *TopherWiles.com - Printed Plans (Use Me)
    The Back of our Bulletin


    WHERE TO BUY?
    eBooks - apple, nook, kindle
    Product Search "Family Devotional"
    Once-A-Day at the Table Family Devotional Series
    Instant Family Devotions: 52 Bible Discussions for Anytime, Anywhere Use
    Duck Commander Daily Devotionals (Brown & Pink)


    Foundations - Quarterly, Adults
    Horizons - Teens
    Heritage of Faith - Kids
    Search Online Store "Family Devotional"
    The Action Bible Devotional (Weekly kids)
    Illustrated Family Bible Stories (Every other Damy Family10-adult)
    Strength for the Journey (Daily Devotionals)

    Pray For Them

    Hebrews 4:12 *
    12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.