Over a year ago, my dear friend Edie told me about Disciplers. I loved the studies from the start. Solid. Free. Youth lessons. Adult lessons. Just about perfect.
When we started a family integrated group (FIG) Bible study in our home with some other families from church, I believed Disciplers would be a great fit. There would be eighteen children, ranging in age from one to seventeen, with eight adults, but you don’t need to know our ages. Ahem.
We chose James since it was only five lessons and FIG was a new endeavor. As a part of the opportunity for families, I offered to write studies for the kids younger than fourth grade so that every member of our group could participate in a way that met them where they were.
So, I wrote two sets: a set for first to third grade (readers) and a set for preschoolers.
I loved writing the lessons, but loved even more doing them with my kiddos.
I will always cherish the time spent on my bed with my six and eight year olds. Listening to James be read aloud. Answering our questions. Discussing topics. Seriously precious time.
Both studies are meant to be done alongside a parent, but the first to third grade allows some independence. The preK-kindergarten studies are meant to be one on one studies with a parent. Conversation and teaching are combined in the studies so that true discipleship can take place. A perfect match for Disciplers.
Allowing parents to study James themselves AND disciple their children, all of their children, through the study was fantastic. All of our families thoroughly enjoyed the time spent in God’s Word with their children.
Our FIG was set up to meet weekly, spending about forty minutes discussing the study as a group. Everyone participated. The preschoolers had answers, the early readers shared what they learned, the middle schoolers added to the conversation, and the adults contributed in many ways. It was definitely a group effort. And it was beautiful.
The seeds sown in the children were and are invaluable. Not only was the time spent daily doing the Bible reading and study a joy and the group sharing and reinforcement amazing, but the family study allowed and encouraged conversations throughout the day. Bedtime prayers brought James to mind and lessons we had talked about that day. It tied us all together, with God’s word.
It just doesn’t get any better than that.
When Suzie asked if Disciplers could make the studies officially a part of the Bible study offerings, I was thrilled. Thrilled that more children could study God’s word with their parents… alongside their parents.
The first to third grade studies are now called Studies for Kids and the preschool to kindergarten ones are called Studies for Littles.
I pray you use these studies to not only see how the Lord wants to grow you, as an adult, in grace and truth, but that you allow Him the opportunity for you to feast on God’s word together, every single member of the family meeting God in the same verses, and taking away what He has for each person.
I just know it will be a beautiful experience.
To Him be the glory for the new aspect of Disciplers: Kids and Littles!
I have been involved in Disciplers since 1987, as a discussion leader, teacher, writer, and now as director. I am profoundly committed to the stewardship of this ministry which God has entrusted to me for a time. God’s word is the chief joy of my life. I cherish my personal time in the word, and I am filled with gratitude to be able to share His word with you, my fellow disciples in Christ.