There’s no greater privilege and responsibility than that of teaching our children the Word of God. Proverbs 22:6 says that if we train our children in the way they should go, they won’t turn from it when they grow older. I want my children to stay on the right path, so there’s no time to waste.
I believe that by following the Deuteronomy 6 guide, we can successfully teach our children not only what the Bible says, but to love God’s Word with the honor it deserves. I believe that if we’re diligent in this endeavor, then our children, too, can someday be able to say that they delight in the law of God, and on His Word, they meditate day and night. (Psalm 1: 1,2)
Deuteronomy 6: 4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
5 Ways to Teach Children The Bible
- Love God and His Word. There’s no greater teacher than the one of your example. Do you love His Word? If so, your children will naturally see you spending time in it. They will hear it in the way you speak. They will see it in your countenance. They will understand that it is your way of life, and so it becomes theirs.
- Begin teaching them when they’re born. It’s never too early. There are many great children’s story Bibles to choose from, like The Golden Children’s Bible.
- Teach God’s Word purposely. Read it to them during family Bible time. Teach it to them as the center of their curriculum if you homeschool. Make special time for reading the Bible every day.
- Talk about God’s Word at home, at meals, in the car, for family discussion, at storytime before bed, and first thing in the morning. Let the Bible be center, instead of a sidenote. A lifestyle, instead of an area of study.
- Put reminders everywhere in your home. I have little signs and framed art with Scripture throughout our home. Almost anywhere I look, I can see verses that remind me and our family of biblical truths, such as these:
- Show me your ways, O Lord. Guide me in your truths and teach me. (Psalm 25:4,5)
- The fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)
- Trust in the Lord with all your heart. (Proverbs 3:5)
- Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.Love never fails.(1 Corinthians 13)
- The Lord is my strength and my song. (Psalm 28:7)
- Forgive. (Luke 6:37)
- Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phillipians 4:8)
How do you teach the Word of God to your children? Do you have a favorite children’s story Bible?