Scripture, as the sacred canon of God’s revelation to His people, holds an integral position within the Church’s living tradition. It is read, sung, and referenced throughout Orthodox Christian expressions of worship and sacraments. In addition to the communal aspect, each of us is called to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) and the reading of Scripture outside of a liturgical setting is foundational. It is intended to form hearts and minds for God—whether clergy or laity, adult or youth. The Bible often graces our homes’ bookshelves and icon stands; how often do we read it as a family?
“Introducing Our Children to the Bible,” with Dr. Jeannie Constantinou, conveys the significance of fostering an environment where the treasury of the Scripture becomes more familiar to our children. The webinar isn’t a crash course on the Bible’s contents, but rather a heartfelt exhortation to prioritize its regular reading as a family—even through challenges such as busy schedules and our own lack of confidence to guide. A basic understanding of Scripture remains an essential part of an Orthodox Christian’s development—and kids need a faithful example. “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
Before watching the webinar, assess how frequently you read Scripture as part of your spiritual development.
*Has a lack of familiarity with the Bible inhibited you from reading and discussing the Bible with your children? It can be intimidating if you feel inadequate to take a leadership role. However, a sincere desire to share a love for Scripture with your children will make it possible. Start slowly—and prayerfully! Ask your priest for further guidance.
*What are some ways to prioritize reading and discussing the Bible with your family’s schedule? At what times is the family together and engaged? Is it possible to preview and discuss the gospel reading for the coming Sunday’s Divine Liturgy? Can you creatively add opportunities for lessons in the car with audio books or podcasts?