Make Bible Reading Enjoyable

Make Bible Reading Enjoyable

 

A nice option for Family Worship is to read the Bible together as a family. Of course, at first your family might feel this is boring, but it doesn’t have to be. There are lots of ways to make the reading enjoyable, to bring the scriptures alive. The April, 2009 Awake! article Young People Ask – How Can I Make Bible Reading Enjoyable? has a many great ideas that can be used when reading the Bible for family worship. Here are some of the suggestions:

  • Convert lists of names into family trees.
  • Create diagrams. For instance, as you read about a faithful character, connect that person’s qualities and acts with the blessings he or she received.
  • Draw pictures to illustrate the account.
  • Draw a storyboard, a series of simple pictures to illustrate a sequence of events. Describe what’s happening in each scene.
  • Build a scale model of structures, such as Noah’s ark.—For example, see Awake! of January 2007, page 22.
  • Read aloud — Assign one person to read the narration. Others can take on character parts.
  • Select an account, and turn it into a news story. Report the event from several perspectives by including “interviews” with the main characters and eyewitnesses.
  • Take an account in which a character made an unwise decision and imagine a different ending! For example, consider Peter’s denial of Jesus. (Mark 14:66-72) How could Peter have better responded to the pressure?
  • Watch or listen to recordings of Bible dramas. Dramatic Bible Readings and Bible Dramas can be found on JW.org.
  • Write your own drama. Include lessons that can be learned from the account.—Perform this drama with a small group of your friends.

The article also provides several ideas on digging deeper into an account. This might be especially helpful for older children or even couples. Here are some of the ideas suggested:

  • Consider the setting. Examine the timing, location, and circumstances surrounding a passage.
    • Example: Read Ezekiel 14:14. About what age may Daniel have been when Jehovah mentioned him as a good example alongside Noah and Job?
    • Clue: Ezekiel chapter 14 was recorded just five years after Daniel was exiled to Babylon—likely as a teenager.
    • The hidden gem: Was Daniel too young for Jehovah to notice his faithfulness? What good decisions led to blessings for him? (Daniel 1:8-17) How can Daniel’s example help you to make good decisions?
  • Analyze details. Sometimes just a word or two is significant.
    • Example: Compare Matthew 28:7 with Mark 16:7. Why did Mark include the detail that Jesus would soon appear to the disciples “and Peter”?
    • Clue: Mark was not an eyewitness of these events; evidently, he got his information from Peter.
    • The hidden gem: Why must Peter have felt reassured to hear that Jesus wanted to see him again? (Mark 14:66-72) How did Jesus prove himself a real friend to Peter? How can you imitate Jesus and be a real friend to others?
  • Do further research. Consult Bible literature for explanations.
    • Example: Read Matthew 2:7-15. When did the astrologers visit Jesus?
    • Clue: See The Watchtower of January 1, 2008, page 31
    • The hidden gem: How, evidently, did Jehovah provide materially for Jesus’ family while they were in Egypt? How can trust in God help you to cope with stressful circumstances?—Matthew 6:33, 34.