Exodus Church is home to many young families with growing children. As a church, we want to help our families as they guide their children to develop a personal faith and relationship with Christ.
We’ve talked to the parents of five children recently baptized at Exodus to get their recommendations for resources that have helped them as a family to grow in Bible knowledge.
The Painter Family
The Seven Arrows technique is a series of questions that can be applied to any passage of Scripture. For a brief overview of the technique, read this article.
Elle Painter: “We really wanted to encourage our kids to have their own personal quiet time. We want to guide them, we want to be there for them, but we want them to have ownership of their own walk with the Lord. The Seven Arrows is so simple; that was really beneficial. When they have their own quiet time, that’s what they go to. It helped to have the little visual of the arrows.”
The questions can work for children just as well as adults, she said, because the answers don’t have to be complicated or theologically advanced. For example, one question says, “What does this passage say about God?”. “They can put something simple, like ‘God is love.’”
The Lee Family
“Preparing Young Christians for Baptism and Communion” booklet (a free PDF)
To prepare Aubrey for baptism, Adam Lee worked through this booklet with her once a week.
This book guided their family devotionals.
This series of 52 questions helps adults and children learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith. It is offered as a mobile app, web app, and in a print edition.
The Adams Family
The Children Desiring God books, Rebecca said, “have not only been intriguing and chock full of truth, but they are written in such a way that all of our children, from as early as when Micah was 3 years old, until now with a 6-, 9-, and 16-year old, as well as Luke and I are able to understand and learn, and we all look forward to our nightly family devotional time.”
The Hoersch Family and La Prade Family
Ben Hoersch: “The beauty of this is it’s at their level where they’re able to be self-directed…Through this Bible study, we were able to see Carter’s faith really blossom and become his own.” At Ben’s suggestion, Carter started reading and journaling with the book daily. They watched him get excited about it. “He just took it and ran with it,” Ben said. Seeing Carter reading his Bible each night, he added, “there’s an unexplainable joy that just fills you—my child is walking with the Lord. There is no greater joy.”
Konrad La Prade: “Kathryn looks forward to reading this with Joy in the morning before school. It’s walking her through all the main stories and themes of the Bible so she becomes familiar with God’s work of redemption throughout history. The readings are short and simple and create good opportunities for discussion. She really likes getting to write in the book to answer the daily journal question.”