Building a Spiritual Legacy in Families

by Dale Fisher

I have a passion for leading family devotions with the Fishers, and I've done it for many years, starting when our kids were young. I feel that it's helped each one grow in their faith.

I wanted to pass on this easily learned ministry skill to others so I recently taught an adult Sunday School class titled “Family Devotions for Beginners.” It concluded this week. Content that I covered in the class included: the biblical basis for doing family devotions, how to lead a family devotion, object lessons, Bible drama, holiday ideas, and an actual practice leading a family devotion in class.

By the end of the class, every student was doing family devotions in their home with their family. It's awesome to see young families begin to create a spiritual heritage with their children through family devotions. This gave me great satisfaction.

This is a bookmark that I created for the class that can be used to help lead family devotions. I leave it in the Bible so I know next time where to begin the next family devotion.

[Click the bookmark image to enlarge and print it.]

Richard (left) — a class member —leads the class in a simulated family devotion covering the book of Job. Dale (right) presents an object lesson for the class called "hearts caught."

Scriptural reflection

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

— Deuteronomy 6:5–9

† Dale: "Building a Spiritual Legacy in Families"

† Marti: "A New Fence Celebration Party"

† Dale: "Susan and the Monkey Demon"

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