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Teaching Biblical Truths - Issue 187
February 11, 2011
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This week I learnt things about my children. I learnt a little more about the things that stress them out, and how I can communicate in such a way to relieve that stress. I learnt a little more about their passions and how they tick. I learnt a little more about where they are at, and I thought a little about how I can help them grow. This is an aspect of parenting that we may not consider often – but are we getting to know our kids?
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Teaching Biblical Truths
Though the Bible is a story – the story of God’s interaction with His people – it is also so much more. There are truths in those stories that we need to listen to, understand and put into practice in our lives. Our children need to hear the stories (of both Old and New Testament) but they need to understand the truths behind those stories as well. These truths will impact their lives.
There are three aspects to teaching our children:
Children can understand much more than we give them credit for. We do not have to wait till they are ‘old enough’ to teach spiritual truths and application from the Scriptures. Romans 10:17 Faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through the word of Christ. (NIV) Our children need to hear the words of Christ. We don’t teach our children the Bible simply as an academic subject – our desire is for it to touch our children’s heart, for them to be changed as they meet Jesus and His love for them.
This is not to say that we don’t talk to the children in words that they understand, or use everyday objects that they can relate to. This reminds me of Jesus’ parables – he taught using parables because they were everyday life stories that the people of the day could connect with (at least if they had a heart to hear.)
Here are a two keys that I have found in teaching my children:
Use daily opportunities – if we just teach from the Scriptures when we are sitting at the desk we not only miss real opportunities we also teach the children that it is head knowledge not life. Our children need to see God involved in and caring about everyday details. When we use daily opportunities – when the children see something, feel something, say something or experience something we can connect those thoughts and emotions to God’s truths. Of course, we may not do it every single time but we should be on the look out to make every day life applications to the Word of God. God, His love for us, and His Word to us should be a part of our everyday family conversation.
Talk from our heart - The thing is though, for us to talk to our kids about God and His Word while we are grocery shopping, gardening, driving in the car, or playing in the sandpit we need to have God’s Word in our heart, because we don’t have the time or opportunity to run back and get a resource. This is the challenge to parents…get God’s word; get knowledge, understanding and wisdom, into your own heart and from there begin to talk to your children. God’s Word encourages us in this way, (Deut 6) that we are to have His words first in our heart, and then we teach our children.
When we practice these two things we are also
The number one teaching method we should avoid is the lecture. Adults seem to be able endure a lecture – one person speaking volumes to them on any given subject – but kids seem to tune out (and to be honest I wonder how many adults tune out too!).
Two techniques, that work together, will help you avoid the lecture:
We are also to study
Though we need to interact with God’s Word on a daily basis in conversation we also need to be students of the Word, and our children need to be students of the Word. Once our children can read independently we encourage them to take time every day to read God’s word. This is establishing a habit to read, to think about it, and to apply God’s Word as well as the habit of talking to God - prayer.
We also do Bible study together throughout the week. These are times when we systematically study God’s Word – we may study it chronologically, or we may take a topic, or a person and learn as much as we can. In these Bible study times I have introduced my children to study methods and tools so that they can then dig into God’s Word for themselves, by themselves. Though I always encourage my children to talk about what they are learning and the conclusions they come to which often leads to great conversations.
This is my prayer for my children:
So we have not stopped praying for you
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