I love my kids, and of all the things that my wife Katie and I hope for them, I want them to know Jesus personally and to live out the Bible in their daily lives. However, I know the uncertainty or even insecurities that can rise up when we think about discipling our kids.
A few years ago I released a book called Following Jesus. So far, it has been translated into a few languages and used in churches to disciple adults and teenagers, but now I’m in the process of writing the kids version and I’m getting so excited about the potential impact. So, I wanted to talk out some of these concepts as I go.
Often our biggest fear in discipleship is not having all the answers. But at first, discipling your child is more about living it than saying it. You learn how to bring your relationship with Jesus into every part of your lives.
Look how Moses describes this process in Deuteronomy.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
Yes, there are some specific ways that we can be intentional with teaching our children God’s word, but initially we can focus more on bringing Jesus into our daily lives like we see in the verses above.
Showing and teaching our children about Jesus is more natural than you realize. You don’t have to have all the answers to your kids’ wild questions! Primarily focus on sharing with them what you do know and why you follow Jesus.
Here are 7 Key Biblical Principles To Teach Your Kids:
1. Their Father in Heaven perfectly created them, loves them and wants to talk with them!
- Genesis 1 – The Creation Story.
- Psalm 139:13-18 – God’s hand created each of us.
2. God gave us to free will to choose to follow him, or go our own way and sin.
- That sin caused us to be separated from God.
- Romans 6:23 – The cost of sin was death.
- The price for our sin had to be paid to rescue us back from the enemy.
- 1 Peter 1:18-21 – We are redeemed by the perfect Lamb (Jesus).
3. Jesus came to earth to bring us close to God again through his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.
- John 3:16 – God loved us so much that he sent Jesus to rescue us.
- Ephesians 2:12-14 – We were brought close to God by the blood of Jesus.
4. Jesus sent us His Holy Spirit to empower all those who Follow Jesus!
- Acts 1:4,5,8 – Jesus sent us His Holy Spirit.
5. God also gave us the Bible, which is the Word of God. The Bible teaches, corrects us and guides us.
- Psalm 119:105 – The Bible guides our lives.
6. God has a good purpose and plan for us while we’re on earth.
- Matthew 6:33 – Seek God’s purpose first.
- Much of our purpose is found as we connect with the community of other believers called ‘The Church.’ Jesus has given the church the mission to tell the whole world about Jesus.
- Matthew 28:19-20 – Go and make disciples!
7. After this life, those who follow Jesus will spend eternity in heaven with God.
- John 14:1-6 – Jesus is in heaven preparing a place for us.
Think about these key themes in the Bible, what they mean to you, and then begin to bring them up and remind your kids of these truths. These key themes and many more will help your child build an unshakable foundation to build their life on!