Discover the Bible collectively from David Murray

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Researching the Bible together starts families on a one-year journey through scripture in a practical and effective way.

Explore the Bible Together: A 52-Week Family Worship Plan by David Murray, with works of art by Scotty Reifsnyder. Crossway, 2020, 219 pages.

Recommended for: All ages for children ages 4 to 12.

In the introduction to this prayer guide, David Murray points out three possible problems with family worship time: over-ambitious plans (trying to create a mini-church after dinner), no plans (scripture readings without focus), and questionable spiritual benefits (lack) of application or interaction). Researching the Bible together addresses these shortcomings with a structured plan that guides families through key topics and action areas from Genesis to Revelation in about five minutes a day. It does not require prior preparation and is flexible enough to allow for an extended discussion.

The material is structured along the lines of Murray's personal prayer guide for middle school students. Explore the Bible (see link below). The Old Testament is covered in 25 weeks and the rest of the year remains in Revelation for the life of Christ, Acts, letters, and two weeks. A topic is set each week, which is explained in a heading with a paragraph. The topic will be presented on Monday (or possibly on Sunday) and all prayer requests for the week will be noted. Each day thereafter includes a short reading (approximately five verses), followed by two questions: an observation question for younger children and an interpretation question for older ones. The "lesson" is just a sentence about how we could apply the passage, followed by a prayer suggestion that relates to the passage. Weekly prayer requests can also be part of this final prayer. On Sundays, families are encouraged to read their pastor's sermon text for the day and talk about what they have learned about God, sin, Jesus, and / or Christians who have lived from the sermon.

As with Bible study, readers are encouraged to discover and apply the scriptures for themselves, rather than reading the expanded minds of others. The appeal is likely limited to children under the age of 13, but as a family worship plan, this seems practical, easy to implement, and effective – especially when families worship at home! But now for the bad news:

Please note: The release date for Exploring the Bible Together is May 12th, but can now be pre-ordered (see Amazon link below).

Overall rating: 4.75 (of 5)

  • Weltanschauung / moral value: 5
  • Artistic / literary value: 4.5

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