Raising Kids in the Good News

Raising Kids in the Good News
Written by: Samantha Wichman

Did you know that in Christ you have everything you need to share the Good News with your children?

Children learn about God first from their primary caregivers, because it is their family members who have the most influence over them at home. Sunday school teachers and children’s programs operate seasonally, but you are a constant in your child’s life. You see them for pivotal hours on a daily basis, and no one can fill this role for you. 

You may be tempted to believe that a Sunday school teacher or staff member is better equipped to teach your children about God than you are, but when you do that you make light of the intimate and unique relationship you have with your child!

You are called by God to teach your children about the Good News, and this truth has become even more vital for parents to understand as so many children’s programs have been postponed during this pandemic. While the church is here to encourage you as you guide your children in their relationships with God every day, it’s not here to do this work for you. 

Here is some encouragement from Scripture: 

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -Proverbs 22:6

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” -Ephesians 6:4

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 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.” -Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Teaching your children about the Good News may seem like a daunting task at first glance, but may I encourage you to not let comparison bog you down? You don’t have to come up with your own specialized curriculum or exciting crafts in order to have an impact on your children. 

The best thing that you can do is to start small, and start sincerely. Lead by genuine example. Pray aloud in front of your children, and let them hear you speak to the Lord. Invite them to sit with you while you read your Bible, and tell them what you’re learning! 

We pray that this isn’t something that overwhelms and burdens you, but rather something that excites and frees you! If you have been made new by the blood of Jesus Christ and have the Holy Spirit living inside of you, then you are capable of teaching your children! And if your faith isn’t what you know it should be, you have the uniquely impactful opportunity of growing alongside your children. What could be a more beautiful picture? 

“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” -Hebrews 13:21

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