Posted on: 2 June 2015
The Bible verse Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Helping your child grow in their faith starting at a young age, and then nourishing that faith as they grow, will help them develop a better relationship with Jesus, which they will likely carry throughout their life:
Make the Bible Fun
Before you get started, visit a Christian bookstore and purchase a bible appropriate for your child's age, as they will understand it much better. Act out what you are reading to them when you can. For example, if you are reading verses from the Psalms, play Christian music, and make some homemade musical instruments for them to lay.
Use your child's action figures to teach them the Bible story about David and Goliath. Act out the birth of Jesus with your child. Ask everyone in your family to play a part in the story. Make costumes out of clothing, blankets, and sheets.
Take Time to Talk About Faith
Take time out to talk to your children about their faith. Use car time while you are driving your child to school, their activities, etc. Ask your child if they have any questions about the Bible, and chances are they do. For example, they may ask the question, "How can I know Jesus is real if He is invisible?" or "How could God make the entire world in only seven days?"
When you tuck your child into bed at night, ask them about the highs and lows of their day. If they are having a problem with a friend, explain to them how Jesus would handle the situation, and then refer to Bible verses to back up what you are saying. Ask them to pray for their friends and family, and pray out loud with them.
Teach by Example
Children watch their parents, and oftentimes they repeat what they hear and see. Make sure you show them that you have a good relationship with Jesus by going to church each week, letting them see you read the Bible, and praying. Watch what you say throughout the day. If you are mad at your neighbor and you show this outwardly, your children may get confused when you have taught them that Jesus says we are to love our neighbor.
If you have friends that are also teaching their children about Jesus, get together with them regularly to teach the children together. To learn more, try contacting the Church of Christ for information about the Bible and on Bible study.Share