5 Ways to Get Teens to Read the Bible this Summer

In 2016, I accepted the challenge to read the Bible in 60 days. Since then I’ve led hundreds of people, from all around the world, through a power-read journey of the scriptures.

But this Summer, I wanted to help families, including their teen children, have the experience of seeing the big picture of the Bible.

So I’ve planned an opportunity (see link below) for you to read the Bible as a family for 60 days. Instead of reading the entire Bible, this reading plan covers forty percent of the text and seeks to provide that end-to-end grasp of the most important story ever told.

You may be wondering, How in the world can I get my teens to read the Bible this Summer? Here are some ideas I’ll be considering with my own family, and friends who want to participate. (We have two teenage boys and a younger daughter at home).

Just tell them: “Hey boys, we’re reading the Bible this summer. For 60 days you’ll have a reading plan to follow. If you spend about 20-30 minutes a day, you’ll be able to read forty percent of the Bible in two months! Your mother and I will be reading, too. Sound good? Great!”

Bribe them: “Hey boys, the family is going to read the Bible this summer. To help you prioritize, we’re going to trade you Bible reading minutes for Xbox time. That’s right. If you want to play Fortnite, you have to read your Bible first. Sound like a deal?” Maybe even consider upgrading their gaming system with a brand new 4k gaming tv that you can find here. It might be a lot, but they’ll definitely like it, and may slowly warm up to the idea of reading the Bible.

Inspire them: “Hey boys, you know how every time you go to a church camp or retreat (or just about any church youth event) you’re told to read your Bible? Well, what if instead of waiting for that mountain top experience to be challenged, you get ahead and start reading before you go to camp?

Reason with them: “Hey boys, Mom and I regret that we’ve let Bible engagement slip in our home. God’s Word really is important to us and we want to do a better job reading the Bible at home. This summer we’re going to read it for sixty days.”

Guilt them: “Hey boys, I realize that watching the NBA playoffs ranks right up there with food, water, and sunlight. And playoffs have been going on for six months it seems, and there must be another 108 games to go. I wonder how many times we could have read the Bible while watching these playoff games that no one really cares about?”

There are lots of ways to tell your kids that your family will be Bible reading this summer. Think about your own family context and what makes most sense.

If the idea of summer Bible reading causes your teens to look at you like you’re a creature from outer space, you might need a more serious sit-down meeting, and a chance to ask forgiveness for your soft leadership, and to share your heart on why this is important for your family.

I do this all the time.

“Kids, Dad has not done a good job prioritizing God’s Word for our family…”

Then we get back on track.

Like any spiritual discipline, reading the Bible sometimes requires re-starts. Modeling humble re-engagement will help your teens know that they can re-engage with God throughout their lives.

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