January 2 | The Word

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Today’s Reading:

Read John 1:13

In the beginning… those three words show up again in John. Want to know something pretty cool?
The book of John is in the NEW TESTAMENT which would have been written hundreds of years after
Genesis 1 was written. But it uses the same phrase and tells us more about what happened in the
beginning when God created the world.

John 1:13 tells us that when God created the World the WORD was with him. I bet that might
sound a little crazy, huh? It might help if we talk about what John means when he uses the phrase “THE
WORD.” John is actually introducing us to JESUS as He talks about the Word. Jesus is God’s Son and
John is telling us that Jesus was with God at the very beginning when He created the world.


As a family, talk about what it means that Jesus is THE WORD.*
(*This concept might be a little confusing for younger kids! Spend some time answering those hard
questions or looking together for the answers to those hard questions. A great resource is The Bible
Project. What it Means for Jesus to be the Word of God)

Other Resources:

january memory verse

january memory verse song

january memory verse coloring sheet

january fill-in-the-blank activity

january calendar