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My kids need constant encouragement with school. They lose motivation to do homework, they procrastinate on tests and projects, and they forget why studying is important (namely, so I won¹t have to feed and clothe them the rest of their life).

 

We need the same encouragement as disciples, students of Jesus. Foundational to following Jesus is being close to his story. Being in the Bible is one of the basics. But sometimes we forget why it is so important and lose motivation.

I offer 3 ways that could really ignite a passion for engaging with Scripture:

1. Read the Bible with someone else. 

There is something dynamic about reading the Bible out loud with another person. This isn’t about doing a “study” together. No one needs to prepare a lesson. See what happens by simply reading together.

David Helm wrote a book titled One-To-One about doing this.

2. See the Bible in a different way. 

I love those news stories where they explain everything with icons and graphics. Sites like Visual.lyhave made this form of visual content pretty popular. I know you can’t always believe every infographic you see. Well, did you know there are infographics for Scripture? Visual Unit has created a ton of Biblical diagrams, illustrations, and info graphics that will spark a new view of any passage.

The Quickview Bible is embedded with over 360 inforgraphics.

3. Make a big challenge. 

The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian. -A.W. Tozer

Plans for reading the Bible in a year have become a Christian standard. And it’s not that hard to do. For the average reader, it’s usually 10 minutes a day. What about daring to read bigger chunks of the Bible for bigger chunks of time? Not that quantity should be the gauge, but especially for those of us given stewardship for watching over other’s souls (Hebrews 13:17), should there be anyone in the congregation in the Bible more? What if we read the Bible over the next 90 days? What about the next 30 days? This week?

The Bible in 90 Days is a challenge our church undertook a couple of years ago.

 

You could come up with dozens of creative accelerants like this that ignite a passion for engaging with the written word, to help in following the Living Word.

 

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