Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-Week Family Worship PlanISBN: 9781433567506
A No-Prep Guide to Teach the Bible to Your Children
Kids love adventure. From building an imaginary fort in the backyard to searching for buried treasure, the anticipation of discovering the unknown fills them with excitement. David Murray presents a 52-week family worship plan that captures this excitement through brief and accessible daily devotions as families explore the Bible together.
David Murray (PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is professor of Old Testament and practical theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also a counselor, a regular speaker at conferences, and the author of Exploring the Bible. David and his wife, Shona, attend Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church.
Illustrator: Scotty Reifsnyder (MFA, Temple University) is assistant professor of art and design at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He worked at the award-winning design studio Headcase Design in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has done illustrative and design work for Chronicle Books, Disney/Pixar, GQ, Time magazine, the Boston Globe, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired magazine.
"David Murray has constructed a fabulous tool for family worship. This is more than just a year's worth of assigned daily Bible readings followed by additional material you read to your children (though that's valuable). Exploring the Bible Together is interactive (thus 'together'), for it also supplies questions about the Bible passage. Beyond that, there's a question for younger children and a more thought-provoking one for older children. But wait-there's more! Murray also summarizes the main point your children should take from the text and suggests a simple way to pray toward that end. And he's done it all in a format that can be completed in just a few minutes. If you're looking for a sound, simple, no-prep guide to teach the Bible to your children, you've found it."
--Donald S. Whitney, Associate Dean and Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Family Worship; Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life; and Praying the Bible
"Many Christian parents find themselves faced with a very real and very practical question: How do I consistently lead my family in worship well? That is where David Murray wisely steps in to help. In Exploring the Bible Together, he unites theology and practice in a beautiful and accessible way, all in order to grow the family and bring glory to God. Building on his earlier project for kids, Exploring the Bible Together not only tells us why family worship is important but also shows us how to do family worship that is centered on God and his word. I am so thankful that this resource exists to help the church and the family-mine included!"
--J. Ryan Lister, Associate Professor of Theology, Western Seminary; author, Emblems of the Infinite King
"David Murray makes family worship simple and sweet. Here is a highly recommended, user-friendly guide to spending time in God's word and in prayer with your family every day over the course of a year."
--Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Reformed Preaching; coauthor, Reformed Systematic Theology
"Nothing centers the Christian home upon Christ more than regular and consistent family worship. Though most of us know this truth, we find the practice challenging. Unfortunately, the challenge easily turns to frustration, frustration breeds disappointment, and eventually family worship is placed on the proverbial shelf. This experience is known all too well by all too many of us. David Murray's Exploring the Bible Together provides an effective tool for encouraging family worship while minimizing its frustrations. It is simple, direct, equipping, and informative-just the tool needed to encourage regular and consistent family worship. Do you need help in family worship? Most of us do. Murray's fifty-two-week plan serves as a wonderful resource. Use it, minister to your family's soul, and center your home more readily upon Christ."
--Jason Helopoulos, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan; author, A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home
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