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FAMILY DEVOTIONAL CHALLENGE

Updated: Mar 10


Welcome to a new way of engaging your FAMILY with the Bible. Parents like you demonstrate a clear desire for you and your kids to experience Jesus, grow spiritually, and see real transformation. We believe that lasting change cannot take place outside of an encounter with the living, active Word of God.


The majority of the world’s population has access to a Bible. The Bible has been translated into 692 languages, potentially available to 5.6 billion of the world’s 7.1 billion people. Though the majority can reach for a copy of the Scriptures, the reality is that they don’t.


Recent research exposes a lack of engagement with the Bible across many demographics in the United States—revealing a disconnect between the pastor and the people. This sparked concern among Christian leaders who in turn commissioned Barna Group to assess the current state of Bible engagement. The study revealed that just 21 percent of practicing Christians today are highly engaged with Scripture. Research also revealed that a high level of Bible engagement has a dramatic impact on everyday life. People who are highly engaged with the Bible are...

  • 3x more likely to volunteer in church

  • 2x more likely to disciple others

  • 62% more likely to share their faith with a stranger

  • 52% more likely to experience joy and peace

The life-altering power of Bible engagement is undeniable. So during this Family Devotional Challenge, we hope to equip you with digital Bible study resources to help your family read and understand Scripture. As we utilize these resources and engage with the Bible, we can become more like Jesus and live radically changed lives.

We believe this is an issue we cannot afford to ignore. Without a biblical world- view, future generations won’t be able to discern between God’s ways and the world’s ways. This will likely lead to more stress and anxiety, increased family dysfunction, and confusion when faced with important moral issues. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Imagine a church where people are zealous share their faith with others. Imagine a church with strong friendships, marriages, and families. Imagine a church rooted in the truth of Scripture, with hearts burning for Jesus.


Research shows us that the life of someone who engages with Scripture four or more times a week looks radically different from the life of someone who does not. In fact, the lives of Christians who do not engage with the Bible most days of the week are statistically the same as the lives of nonbelievers. Someone who engages with the Bible four or more times a week is:

  • 228% more likely to share their faith with others.

  • 407% more likely to memorize Scripture.

  • 59% less likely to view pornography.

  • 30% less likely to struggle with loneliness.

Practically speaking, it is important that you engage with the Bible at least four times a week. Maybe you're just beginning this journey of consistent Bible engagement. Don’t be discouraged if you miss a day; pick up where you left off! We want to encourage you to focus on the attainable goal of reading the Bible at least four times a week. We know that as you incorporate this practice four times a week, you will be transformed!


So EVERY week you complete all four devotionals personally, with your spouse, or with your family, you'll be entered into a drawing for one of 2...$100 City Limits gift cards...that we'll give out at the end of the series. Meaning, if you complete all four weeks of our challenge, you have 4 chances to win. Growth is more attainable when we are in relationship with someone who is keeping us accountable for our goals. It is so much easier to remember to read the Bible when reading it in community.


We are certain that as you lead others in engaging with Scripture you will grow in your personal engagement with the Bible and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh (John 1:1).


So here are your Family Devotional guides for each week:

Family_Devotions_1
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Family_Devotions_2
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Family_Devotions_3
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Family_Devotions_4
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