Most Christian parents have the best intentions when it comes to teaching their kids about the Bible. They plan to talk to them after church and discuss what they learned in Sunday School, Children’s Church, Bible Study, etc. Yet, at times these conversations either don’t happen or they aren’t deep enough to truly teach our children about the Bible. As the week progresses we find ourselves busy with work, school, extra curricular activities and more. Before we know it, the week is gone and we’re headed to church on Sunday again. There are times that we do stay on top of discussing the Bible after church with our children, but is that enough? How much Bible teaching are we truly giving our children? Is there a point where you can be teaching them too much Bible?
As a homeschool graduate, looking back over my education I’m thankful that my mom ensured our homeschool curriculum was grounded in God’s word. Every subject we covered in school was written from a Biblical perspective. Math spoke of the order that God for which He is known, English requirements included diagramming sentences about men and women from the Bible, Science taught of the wonderful world that God created in just 6 days and we learned that History is actually HIStory! I truly believe that because my education was grounded in God’s Word from Kindergarten through High School, I am a stronger Christian today than I would be had my parents not integrated Bible into every part of our homeschool.
I’m now a homeschool mom and much of our curriculum is grounded in God’s Word, as was mine when I was growing up. We live in the North Woods of Maine and good churches are hard to come by. So, my children don’t have the weekly teaching from a Pastor in person like I did, instead we listen to sermons online. At this time in our lives, this is where God has us and we’re trusting Him to provide the right church for us in His time. Until then, I’m taking extra steps to ensure my children are grounded in God’s Word.
Instead of just relying on the weekly sermon podcasts and our homeschool curriculum lessons, I also ensure that my children are in God’s Word three times a day. In the morning they do their own quiet Bible reading time, during our homeschool day we read the Bible together and discuss what we’ve read and how it applies to our lives today and at bedtime I read the Bible to my children again.
You may be asking yourself why Bible class is important to your homeschool if your children are in church weekly, attend youth groups, Awana, etc. It is my prayer that these few reasons encourage you to dig into God’s word WITH your child!
- God’s word tells you to
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 says; “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”
We are not to rely on the teaching of Sunday School teachers, Children’s Church Leaders, Youth Group Directors, etc. to teach our children, parents are called to teach their children IN their homes!
- Kids don’t always ask questions in class
Not all kids want to raise their hand and ask questions in class, some are shy, while others are afraid kids will make fun of their “dumb” question. By teaching Bible class in your homeschool, you’re giving your children the opportunity to ask YOU questions. They are more likely to ask you, their parent, questions about the Bible than they are another adult.
- You can address character qualities or behavioral issues based on God’s Word
No one’s kids want to hear, “Because I said so” as a reason for doing or not doing something. They want an explanation. By teaching our children Bible class in our homeschool, we can show them what character qualities God wants them to have and why. We can also show them what God says about specific behaviors they may be having issues with in their lives.
- Your family will grow strong together in the Lord
God’s Word tells us that where two or three are gathered that He is in the midst of them. Your family will grow stronger together in the Lord when you take time to read God’s Word together and you’ll be learning from each other as you grow! It truly is amazing the work that God can do with a family that draws together to learn from His Word!
- Our children need to learn to read God’s Word daily
When our children leave our home, we won’t be there to remind them to do everything they should. We have just a few years to teach them and then they are on their own. If we do not show them the importance of reading God’s Word daily, they are not likely to pick up a Bible except on Sundays. We need to ensure that our children know that reading God’s Word is essential for every day living because it provides direction, encouragement, admonishment and strength that we all need!
I strongly encourage you to reevaluate the time that you spend teaching the Bible to your children, by considering the following questions.
Do you have a Bible Class in your homeschool? Great! Are you and your children truly digging into God’s Word together or are you just “getting it done” like another school subject? If not, what can you do to make this time more interactive, educational and encouraging for all of you?
If you don’t have a Bible Class in your homeschool, before the next homeschool year begins I pray that you’ll find a study you can do together during your homeschool day or that you’ll choose a book of the Bible to begin studying even today!
It is our responsibility to teach our children God’s Word and Bible class in your homeschool is just another way that you can incorporate God into your daily life! Ground your children in God’s Word and He will bless you and they will remember God’s Word throughout their lives!