The Big Story
One of the main ideas I’m trying to keep in front of my family through our Family Worship time is the big story of the Bible. I was either late teens or early 20s before I really started to put this whole idea together.
Since it has become more clear to me and helped re-shape all the rest of my Bible reading journey, I want to pass on a different legacy to my daughter.
There is a lot to be thankful for in even knowing any of the Bible and I am grateful for that. I just want to connect the dots early on so that nothing is separated and detached, as much as possible.
I also want my wife to take ownership in the story as well. So that together as a small family, we are coming to a fuller knowledge together of how we fit into God’s bigger picture.
1. Chronological Story-ing
One of the ways we can and have been doing this is to tell the major stories of the Bible chronologically. We are trying to make sure each night begins with a transition from the story of the night before. Sometimes songs and prayers help with that.
Some day we will probably select a few favorites and spend more time in each. In fact, I did this the week she was born and for the first several months.
Now that she is understanding more and more we are trying to give her a broader view. Of course, we have to do this in short segments but it’s that important to us.
2. Highlighting Themes
Another way to continue strengthening our Bible time together with a strong sense of the meta-narrative is to highlight inter-canonical themes. What I mean is that the big picture can be seen when you take a theme like the blood sacrifice from the garden and start teaching its blossoming through scripture until you reach its fulfillment in Jesus on the cross.
We are not that far along yet but I look forward to the day when we have cataloged that much of the Bible as a group that we can skip ahead 100s of years at a time and cover several stories and how God connected Himself to us through them by sending us Jesus.
How about you all?
Are any of you emphasizing particular ideas, methods, or anything in Family Worship?
How is it going for you?
What have been your favorites and your struggles so far?