Bible Study: What Is the Right Way of Giving Your Child Christian Education?

Bible Study: What Is the Right Way of Giving Your Child Christian Education?

 

I always like to start with something personal, so please bear it with me!

I was raised in a Christian home and I spent most of my childhood days in the church, bonding with other believers. I always went to church on Sundays. I knew how to pray and when to kneel. But, I was a christian (small “c” intentional) just by name. I was not living the life of a true christian because I didn’t believe that there is indeed a God who’s watching over me or how He sent His only son to die for my sins. For me personally, it wasn’t until the summer of my sophomore year in college that I really accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior and dedicated my life to serving Him. Through this experience, I’ve learned that salvation is not based on feelings or your church attendance; but rather on your sincerity towards accepting God. And, I would say that Biblical scriptures played a huge role in opening my eyes to His truth.

This is one of the reasons why I think Bible study is important for kids.

I know many believe that no kids should be taught a holy book or religion unless they choose to. But, if you are a Christian parent and a witness to how Christ changed every aspect of your life (for the better, of course!), then I think your kid can benefit enormously from the comprehensive exploration of God’s word. I’m not asking you to feed your kids with Biblical texts, but give them God’s word and let them make their choice.

But, the question is: What is the right way of teaching kids the Bible?

The Holy Spirit Is the Way

The Holy Spirit Is the WayThrough the Bible, we’ve learned that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Holy Trinity. He is God in spirit. However, many waits for a supernatural or a magical experience to believe that God’s spirit is with them.

The answer again is found in the Bible, when Jesus said He is going but He is pouring His spirit over all of us. He is invisible, but He has the power to perform wonders and miracles. But, only if we believe in Him.

If you hand over a Bible to a kid, the latter won’t be able to understand much on his own. The same goes for when you will try to teach him because God’s word and mysteries cannot be understood by human wisdom (1 Corinthians 2). You need the Holy Spirit for that and these verses clearly reinforce what I’m saying.

“I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”

– From Galatians 1:12

“As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.”

– From 1 John 2:27

Practice What You Teach

Practice What You TeachBefore, you used to live in lust, envy, jealousy and wickedness and your sins were constantly driving you further and further into despair. But, the moment Jesus saved your life, you were born again. You realized His love for you and you saw your life in His light. When you’ve had such transformational experiences with Christ, it is normal to want to train your child in the same path.

But, there’s one important thing parents always forget. Compared to most adults, the minds of kids are not muddled. Despite their young age, they have a very unique way of sensing the real character of people and they will deem that some things are normal based on what they see.

For example, you cannot teach them about God’s commandment to love your neighbor when you keep fighting with people or holding grudges. You cannot teach love and show hatred at the same time.

Remember Romans 2: 20-24:

“…you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples?”

If you want your kids to grow closer to God’s word, you need to live out what you are teaching them.