Posted by: missionventureministries | June 22, 2016

ARE YOU TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT JESUS? – John 3:16

Are you teaching your children about Jesus

Jesus taught that the greatest commandment is to, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ (Matthew 22:37) 

This commandment had been given by God to Moses in the Old Testament. 

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. (Deuteronomy 6:5-9) 

Parents need to understand that contrary to popular belief, the HOME – not the church – has the primary responsibility of teaching children the Bible; and that God created us to have a relationship with Him. 

God created men kind to be His children; therefore, we are never normal until we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior so that we can become God’s children. 

Many parents may feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of training their children because they themselves are not taking the time to have a relationship with God and study His Word on a daily basis. 

The Bible provides parents not only reliable counsel on how to study and learn but also practical direction on how to teach their children. As the Bible verses above (Deuteronomy 6:5-9) indicate, it is vital that parents find time each day to teach and talk about God to their children.  

The Bible is God’s manual for life and gives us basic instructions before leaving earth.  

Once our time is over, we will either be spending eternity with our Savior or an eternity in hell, apart from Him. It is our choice, but we need to give everyone the opportunity to hear, learn and to choose; because faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17) 

Here are some suggestions for parents to teach their children about God. 

  • For instance, illustrate lessons from creation to your children. The apostle Paul wrote:Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things He has made. So they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

God’s creation teaches us that He does exist because God has left His mark upon of all His creation.

Through Creation, God has pointed the way to those who desire to find out more about THE all-wise, all-powerful and merciful God, who deserves to be loved and worshipped above all else.

Because God has given this revelation of Himself even the heavens declare the glory of God; and the skies proclaim the work of His hands. (Psalm 19:1)

Creation is like a standing invitation to seek the God of glory and to want to know more about Him. Anyone who turns down this invitation is without excuse before Him.  

  • Parents can do much to help their children see God, like drawing attention to God’s creative works and then helping their children discern what qualities of God those creations reveal. 

When teaching His disciples Jesus used this example. He said: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:26)

Jesus showed how God provides for the birds and emphasized how much more He loves His children. 

King Solomon who was given much wisdom from God taught on setting worthwhile goals and then using our God-given talents to achieve them. He wrote about the ant and how wise it is! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. (Proverbs 6:7-8)  

As a parent you can ask your children questions to stir up their interest in God’s creation. You might focus on a caterpillar and ask them “who do you think gave that caterpillar all those legs?”  

You can also show them that the caterpillar is short, stubby and has no wings. But thru undergoing an astonishing transformation, called ‘metamorphosis,’ it become a beautiful butterfly. Who made that happen? 

The important thing is to start teaching a child while they are young. The Apostle Paul’s missionary companion Timothy had been taught “from infancy” by his mother and grandmother who read the Scriptures to him every day; which were able to make Timothy wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. They also helped him to reason on the truths of God’s Word. (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15) 

Parents can with the help of the Holy Spirit imitate the effective teaching of Jesus. You might be asking yourself. What if my children display a bad attitude or are slow to learn some valuable lesson from the Bible? Consider the way Jesus dealt with the apostles. They at times argued bitterly among themselves and were slow to learn the benefits of being humble. Yet, Jesus remained patient and repeatedly spoke about the need for humility (Mark 9:33-34; Luke 9:46-48). Parents who imitate Jesus will patiently correct their children and, if needed, will repeat the same lesson until the children fully grasp its importance. 

Parents need to teach by example and do well to read the counsel the apostle Paul gave to Christians living in Rome. To them he wrote: “you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal?” (Romans 2:21). I am sure you have heard the saying – do as I tell you but don’t do as I do. 

Remember, children are far more impressed by what parents do than by what they say. In fact, parents who practice what they preach are more likely to have children who listen to what their parents teach. 

Do you love your child? I am sure you do, then are you teaching your child that, “God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life? (John 3:16) 

That, God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. (John 3:17)  

If you teach your child about Jesus and they believe in Him they will not be condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18) 

It is your responsibility as a parent to introduce your child to Jesus and it is up to them to accept Him or not. 

Here are some helpful links that you can use to start teaching your children about God and His Holy Word. 

https://wwyeshua.wordpress.com/bible-stories/ 

https://wwyeshua.wordpress.com/bible-studies/

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