This post has been an extra day in coming as I pondered the next key. Was it to teach Biblical worldview, was it to teach our kids to think – then it dawned on me – no, the most important thing in terms of structured lessons we can teach our kids is the Bible. Bible first.
Bible first means two things
- Our Bible lessons are the primary lesson for the day – regardless of what else happens
- As we teach other things we refer to, and depend on, what the Bible says
In our family we have specific timeslots where our relationship with Jesus and our learning from Bible is our main focus
- Our personal devotion times – a time where each individual connects with God on a daily basis – they may read the Bible, pray, memorise scripture, journal their thoughts, read a devotional or a book, listen to worship music, dig deep into a study.
- Family devotion times – this is where we come together as a family and learn together what God’s word says. (On a personal note: we are struggling to find reality in this aspect at the moment with changing family dynamics – but it is my heart)
- Bible study time – this is a part of our focus/school routine where we have studied the overview of the Bible as well as specific themes. As our children have graduated from homeschool we encourage them to continue this discipline though it isn’t as consistent – just like in our life deep study isn’t always consistent
- Mid week Bible study – as our children have grown older they have joined our mid-week Bible study which is open to other people
We also have times in our family life where the Bible is referred to, not because we have planned a lesson, but because the word of God is our reference point in all things. For example:
- Family meal times as we discuss different issues and topics – what does God have to say?
- When we have attitudes or behavioural issues – what does God have to say, not in a sin/judgment way, but rather how does God tell a Christian to walk?
- As we watch movies and read books, we ask ourselves, what does God say about these things? How should we react in these circumstances?
- When someone has a relational issue they are struggling with or a physical challenge – what does God say to you about this?
- When they have a choice to make, what does God say?
What we believe will always direct our actions. If our children know and understand God’s word, if they believe it, it will direct their choices and actions.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Though there are many resources out there to help us teach the Bible, the most powerful resource is your own heart for God and his word. We need to be students of the Word ourselves, and then we can teach from our passion and desire to know God more.