Teaching Your Children
The law of Moses included the instruction that parents were to teach their children the ways of Jehovah. Deuteronomy states, “and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up” (6:7). The New Testament also indicates that parents should teach their children the ways of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). All of us know that kids can learn things.
Children can learn spiritual truths. Timothy did (2 Tim 3:15). Children can learn the sounds animals make, the ABC’s, how to count and how to identify different colors, but they can also learn Biblical truths. They can learn the words to the hymns that we sing. It is amazing what children can learn and remember.
Children can learn from an early age. Little three year olds can name all the books of the New Testament. Four year olds can name the apostles and five year olds can quote some passages. It is amazing what children can learn. Try saying the books of the Bible while you are in the car. Use other occasions to remind and teach your children.
Children learn by asking questions. Again in Deut. 6, “When your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What do the testimonies and the statutes and the judgments mean which the Lord commanded you?’ then you shall say to your son…” (v. 20-21a). The “how comes” are a great time to teach spiritual lessons. They want to know. Your answers do not need to be deep, but thorough enough to answer their questions.
Children learn by watching adults. They learn that the Lord’s Supper is taken each Sunday and it is a time to think about Jesus. They learn that we pray to God. They learn that during the sermon we follow in our Bibles and we listen. They learn that we spend time talking to one another after services. They notice that everyone sings. They notice a variety of men who help lead our worship. They notice the smiles, the hugs, and the love that we have for each other.
Are you bringing your kids to Bible class? You ought to. That is just one place where they can learn and connect with others their age. But it all starts in the home. Are you doing your part to teach your children at home? What a great opportunity to teach your children. These lessons may stay with them the rest of their lives.