When a child is given to his parents, a crown is made for that child in Heaven, and woe to the parents who raise a child without consciousness of that eternal crown!”
― Fulton J. Sheen, Life Is Worth Living
How can Christian parents teach their children to love God? How can they build strong spiritual foundations? Parents can instill a spiritual foundation in their children through the Bible, prayer, church, and teachable moments.
Through the Bible
It is never too early. or too late, to begin reading the Bible to your child. Consider these tips for teaching the Bible to your children:
- Read Bible stories to your children from age-appropriate books.
- Apply biblical truths to your children’s lives. (e.g. You were created by God. God loves you. You can talk to God.)
- Put Scripture verses to familiar tunes and sing to your child.
- Use drama to explain Bible stories by acting out scenes and stories from Scripture.
- Handle the Bible with reverence, read it in your personal time with God, and take it with you to church.
Teach your child that there are many ways to pray, places to pray, and wo
rds to pray. Pray at meals and bedtime but do not stop there.
- Pray together regularly as a family when someone is sick.
- Thank God when good things happen to your family and when He answers prayer.
- Pray open-eyed prayers as you drive your children to school.
- Pray “photo-album” prayers. Pull out family photo albums and thank God for the people in the photos.
- Take walks through your neighborhood and pray for your neighbors as you pass by their houses.
- Pray for missionaries by using maps of the world. Locate countries where missionaries are serving. Pray for the missionaries and the people they are helping to learn about God.
- Sit at the mall and silently pray for people as they walk past you.
Attending church regularly indicates that this is a
time of importance to your family. Church is a time of fellowship, encouragement, and learning.
- Attend church regularly as a family.
- Go to Sunday School/Religious Education classes to learn biblical & moral truths in fun and creative ways.
- Experience worship service as a family.
- Participate in the ministries of the church as God leads.
Through Teachable Moments
Everyday moments afford numerous opportunities to teach your children a Christian worldview – a way to see everything in life through the lens of Jesus Christ.
- Allow children to make mistakes themselves. Show them love and grace as God has shown you.
- When outside, look around you and thank God for creating natural beauty.
- When a rainbow arches across the sky, teach your children about Noah and the flood and God’s promises.
- During a visit to the zoo, ask your children to stop, ponder, and thank God for His wonderful creatures.
t is essential for Christian parents to build spiritual foundations for their children by teaching them to love God & His Church. Through Bible study and a respect and reverence for the authority of Scripture, through family prayer and Church attendance, & through Christian worldview lessons taught every day, you can give your children a solid foundation built on Christ. The greatest inheritance you can leave your child is to teach him to love God.
As Fulton Sheen reminds us: When a child is given to his parents, a crown is made for that child in Heaven, and woe to the parents who raise a child without consciousness of that eternal crown!”
Does your child know? It’s not too late…
1 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, …, 2 so that you and children… might (know) the LORD your God, & keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged... 4 “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. 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 up. 8 “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 “You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Dt. 6
*Credits to Denise George for sections utilized in this blog.