If you make your way to the children’s ministry department on a Wednesday night, you’ll hear us practice our music. Yes, we may be a little off key, but it’s still a joyful noise! One of the songs we’re currently practicing is based off Deuteronomy 6:4-6, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.” But it’s the next part that I want to focus on for today’s blog post.
Parents…God has placed your children under your authority. It’s your responsibility to teach your children how to live a life that is pleasing to God. We can see one way to do so as we continue with Deuteronomy 6:7, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, 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.”
It’s important to have faith conversations at home. We’ve talked about this in previous blog posts. One factoid that I recently came across really drove that point home with me. According to Jim Burns at HomeWord ministries, kids that talk about their faith at home with mom and dad have an 80 percent chance of remaining in church once they leave the home.
According to Pew Research, when parents with a variety of ideological beliefs were surveyed about what they want to teach their children, religious faith came in third, being beat out by responsibility and hard work. I believe if we start with God, those other traits we want to pass on will follow naturally.
You can talk to your kids today, and every day, about God and His commands by starting up a family Bible time. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Building on (or up to) Sunday Continue the conversation started on Sunday by your child’s Sunday school teacher or Pastor Oren. Read related verses or go over the ones you read on Sunday again to keep them fresh on your mind. Or better yet, find out what the next sermon/Sunday school lesson will be about and spend some time reading what the Bible says about that subject. That way, your kids will be prepared to understand what is being presented.
- Time and place Bible time can happen anytime and anywhere, though some kids may benefit from having a designated time and place each day. Making it a part of your routine will help kids understand its importance. Also, while we’re talking about time remember this: kids have an attention span of one minute for every year of age they are, maxing out at five minutes.
- Involve your kids Find an easy-to-read version of the Bible and let your children read the verses. And incorporate worship and prayer in this time as well, again letting your children be involved in both.
Recommended reading: Necessity of Family Bible Time by Robert Velarde