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Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids

Murray, David

Get your kids into the habit of consecutive, daily Bible reading. Made up of 52 Expeditions through God’s Word, this reading plan is designed to guide boys and girls on a journey through the whole story of the Bible in a year. Along the way, readers are encouraged in personal prayer and in thoughtful meditation on scripture. Ideal for ages 8-12.

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Interview with the Author

  1. So far you’ve only written books for adults. Why write a book for kids and why did you choose this particular project?
  2. To be honest, I didn’t set out to write a book for kids. A number of years ago, I started preparing a daily Bible reading plan for my own kids. It was usually 3–5 verses with either a simple question to answer or a verse to write out. Doing that, we worked our way through many different books of the Bible.

    At some point I started posting the weekly plans online as I thought other parents might want to use them, and I was amazed at the positive response. There seemed to be a real demand for a simple daily Bible reading plan for kids. Crossway approached me a couple of years ago and we started talking about how we could adapt this into a book format that would take kids through the Bible in a year, resulting in Exploring the Bible.

  3. Often Bible reading plans and devotionals for kids are either too ambitious or too watered down. How did you strike that balance to make this a substantive yet doable plan for kids (and their parents)?
  4. Yes, that’s why I started writing out my own. Some plans had too much Bible, which discouraged the kids and usually led to them giving up. Others had too little Bible and too much commentary or devotional. Through “experimenting” on my kids, I got to what I believe is the optimum amount of verses each day—not too much and not too little.

    That, of course, was a great challenge when we wanted to put together a plan that would take kids through the Bible in a year. We had to pick out the key chapters in each book that would give them an overall view of the whole Bible and the plan of redemption. We then worked on short paragraphs here and there that would connect the gaps and keep the story going.

    The questions for Monday to Saturday are designed so that the kids don’t need their parents to help them, but Sunday’s question is designed to encourage family discussion. That way, Mom and Dad aren’t weighed down with another daily obligation.

  5. What makes the 8–12 age range such an important time to read through the whole Bible?
  6. The earlier kids are exposed to a wider range of Scripture than they usually get in Sunday School, and the earlier they get a sense of the overarching story, the less intimidating the Bible will be to them and the easier it will be for them to connect the different parts of the Bible with the overarching story.

    Once someone has a grasp of the big picture, it’s so much easier to understand the different parts, and how they relate to one another and to our lives.

    I’ve taken my kids to many indoor play–zones over the years. Usually, at the door, there are rows of boxes for the kids to put their shoes in. Getting a big picture view of the Bible is like having a shoe organizer in your mind that can be filled up with more and more truths over the years. Without it…well, picture the gym door with no shoe organizer.

  7. As a pastor, what is your hope for the kids in your own church who use this book?
  8. My great hope is that the kids in my church get into the habit of daily, consecutive Bible reading in both Testaments. The future of the church rests upon the upcoming generations being well grounded in the Scriptures and making daily Bible–reading the foundation of their lives.

    I want Exploring the Bible to get them into that holy habit. I hope they will see that daily Bible reading can be easy and enjoyable, and that over time, the many little readings build up into a tremendous resource of Biblical knowledge. Ultimately, I want to see 2 Timothy 3:15 fulfilled in many children’s lives: “From childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

A journey through the Bible for kids.

Reading the Bible is like taking a trip through God's story, setting out to explore and experience the beautiful views found within. But without a map, it's easy to get lost.

Exploring the Bible leads kids ages 6-12 through the Bible one day at a time over the course of a year, helping them see the overarching story of God's Word and laying the foundation for a lifetime of discovering truths about God, humanity, and the gospel.

Each weekly entry includes:

  • Daily Bible readings
  • Prayer points
  • Memory verse
  • Discussion questions
  • Space for sermon notes and reflections

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