Bring Faith Home This Summer

Bring Faith Home This Summer

**All of the information and more can be found in the Summer Activity Booklet for 2019 of Bring Faith Home. If you would like a copy for the additional resources on the Creed, Ten Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, and Church Life, email Pastor Ethan at espira@thehcla.org and request your copy.**

So what can we do this summer to build up our kids into being faith-empowered? There are certainly many ways, and over the next weeks of break you’ll find devotions and encouragement right here to get you through.

For now, we’ll look at some starting points that your family can build off of!

The three key areas for you to focus on are…

  1. Ways to build up yourself
  2. Ways to build up your kid(s)
  3. Ways to build up your family

To give these areas shape, let’s lay it out as a 10 week plan with recurring goals.

PERSONAL BIBLE READING

The best way to pass on God’s word to your student is to have it become a regular part of yourself.

If you cannot say for certain that you have read every part of the New Testament, then why not take up the daily reading plan and do it this summer!

With only a 15-20 minute commitment, you can hear all the words of Jesus to you and then some! If your commute is about that long, then have the Bible read to you through a podcast or Bible app on your phone.

Here is the 70 Day plan to get you through the New Testament this summer:

70 Day Personal Bible Reading Plan

Day 1 → Matthew 1-4
Day 2 → Matthew 5-10
Day 3 → Matthew 11-17
Day 4 → Matthew 18-24
Day 5 → Matthew 25-28
Day 6 → Journal/Grace Day
Day 7 → Acts 1-4
Day 8 → Acts 5-9
Day 9 → Acts 10-14
Day 10 → Acts 15-19
Day 11 → Acts 20-24
Day 12 → Acts 25-28
Day 13 → Journal/Grace Day
Day 14 → Mark 1-4
Day 15 → Mark 5-9
Day 16 → Mark 10-13
Day 17 → Mark 14-16, 1 Thessalonians 1
Day 18 → 1 Thessalonians 2-5
Day 19 → 2 Thessalonians
Day 20 → Journal/Grace Day
Day 21 → 1 Corinthians 1-5
Day 22 → 1 Corinthians 6-11
Day 23 → 1 Corinthians 12-16
Day 24 → Galatians
Day 25 → Journal/Grace Day
Day 26 → Ephesians
Day 27 → Philippians
Day 28 → Colossians
Day 29 → Romans 1-5
Day 30 → Romans 6-11
Day 31 → Romans 12-16
Day 32 → Journal/Grace Day
Day 33 → 2 Corinthians 1-5
Day 34 → 2 Corinthians 6-9
Day 35 → 2 Corinthians 10-13
Day 36 → Journal/Grace Day
Day 37 → Luke 1-5
Day 38 → Luke 6-10
Day 39 → Luke 11-15
Day 40 → Luke 16-19
Day 41 → Luke 20-22
Day 42 → Luke 23-24, Philemon
Day 43 → Journal/Grace Day
Day 44 → 1 Timothy
Day 45 → 2 Timothy
Day 46 → Titus, Jude
Day 47 → Journal/Grace Day
Day 48 → 1 Peter
Day 49 → 1 John
Day 50 → 2 Peter, 2 & 3 John
Day 51 → James
Day 52 → Hebrews 1-4
Day 53 → Hebrews 5-8
Day 54 → Hebrews 9-13
Day 55 → Journal/Grace Day
Day 56 → Rev 1-5
Day 57 → Rev 6-10
Day 58 → Rev 11-14
Day 59 → Rev 15-18
Day 60 → Rev 19-22
Day 61 → Journal/Grace Day
Day 62 → John 1-4
Day 63 → John 5-8
Day 64 → John 9-12
Day 65 → John 13-16
Day 66 → John 17-19
Day 67 → John 20-21
Day 68 → 10 Commandments, Lord’s Prayer
Day 69 → Apostle’s Creed, Church Life
Day 70 → Journal/Grace Day

FAMILY BIBLE READING

Along with reading the Bible each day on your own, you can set aside some time each week to read the Bible as a family. If you have very young ones, this could be done through a picture Bible.

Week 1: Genesis 1-2 / Creation

Week 2: Matthew 27:11-28:20 / Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Week 3: Reading: Acts 2:1-41 / Pentecost

Week 4: Genesis 37, 39-41, 50:15-21 / Joseph and his dreams

Week 5: Daniel 3 / Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Week 6: 1 Samuel 17 / David and Goliath

Week 7: Luke 10:25-37 / The Good Samaritan

Week 8: Acts 2:42-47 / Early Church Worship

Week 9: Mark 10:13-15, Acts 8:26-39, 16:25-33

Week 10: Mark 14:12-25 / The Last Supper

FAMILY DEVOTIONS & ACTIVITIES

Making a routine of gathering as a family around God’s word is absolutely Biblical and essential to building up faith-empowered kids.

Along with this, having a corresponding devotion and activity can help drive home the lesson.

This doesn’t mean you’re making Sunday School crafts each week (although you could), but rather you are doing something intentionally as a family alongside communicating the way we follow Jesus.

You are more than welcome to create your own devotion schedule (stories & prayers) that fits your family’s needs. If you have little ones who can’t speak yet, repetition of the Lord’s Prayer or Apostle’s Creed would be a great place to start teaching the faith. If your students are older, then working through a pre-written devotional book might be good for variety of topic.

Here on the HCLA Blog, you’ll find a devotion and a corresponding activity suggestion each week. These may range from worshiping together rather than splitting for a kid’s church, going to the beach to enjoy creation, or helping serve our neighbors in need while remembering how Jesus first served us.

PRAYER FOCUS

Building a robust prayer life is vital to maintaining an empowered faith.

To teach this to your kids, you’ll need to live it out yourself; find what really gets you riled up (good and bad) and pray about those things.

Likewise, teach your kids the importance of prayer by sitting with them regularly, hearing about their life, and praying afterwards about what they lead you to.

This will show that prayer isn’t just a Sunday thing, but something that goes with each day.

CONCLUSION

I hope you are confident and ready to Bring Faith Home this summer!

Remember, it’s not about knowing all the answers, but being present and involved in your kid’s life.

The context of your conversation will always trump the content.

Love and be honest. When you don’t know, admit so and then go looking together. This is the way to faith-empowered kids becoming faith-empowered adults who have the convictions and guiding light of Jesus in all the troubles of life.

And that’s what this is all about: Building faith-empowered kids who become faithful adults.

Be sure to check back here each week to find family devotions, activity and prayer resources, as well as encouragements and accountability to put your faith into action this summer!