Mission Impossible

by Martin Cole

How high are your expectations? Do you even think it’s realistic to expect young people to read the Bible regularly on their own? There can be the assumption that young people hardly read books anymore, so they’re not going to open up a dusty old Bible. And because we don’t expect them to read the Bible, we don’t encourage it as much as we could. But let’s not sell God’s Word short! We sometimes forget the power of God’s awesome Word, and the work of the Holy Spirit in opening up the Bible to people.

If your heart’s desire is to bring children and young people to know Christ and to live for Him, then employ the best home tutor you have available—God’s Word itself. Need any further reasons? Well, it pleases God, as they get to grips with the word of truth (2 Timothy 2 v 15); they need it for growth, just as a baby craves its mother’s milk (1 Peter 2 v 2); it aids their discernment of spiritual truth (Acts 17 v 11); and will build their knowledge and understanding (Psalm 119 v 130); so they can share their faith more effectively (1 Peter 3 v 15); and it helps them to fight against sin (Psalm 119 v 11).

Using Bible reading notes is a particularly helpful way of encouraging young people to get into the Bible regularly as the notes explain the tough parts along the way and highlight the relevance of God’s Word to their lives. Lots of notes are dated and/or numbered, but try to emphasise that they needn’t worry if they miss a few days or weeks. They can pick it up and start again. It doesn’t matter whether or not they’re reading the notes allocated for that specific day, as long as they are reading the Bible. And if those notes aren’t working for them, maybe it’s time to try something else.

Let’s create an expectation of regular Bible reading, and let’s give young people the tools to handle the Bible for themselves.

Engage notes for older teens

Discover for 11-14 year olds