I’m not writing this specifically about homeschooling because a Christian parent is responsible for teaching their children about God regardless of where they attend school. So, this article is not just for homeschool parents. It’s for all parents.
I can still see it clearly: my little 4-year-old and my little 18-month-old, lined up on the couch, freshly bathed in their footie pajamas and clutching little teddy bears while Daddy read from the Bible and told them Jesus loved them and wanted them to obey their mommy and daddy.
I’m not sure if there is a more perfect memory of my children’s preschool years that that one.
Children should be exposed to the truth of scripture often and from a very young age. They should be exposed –not just by Sunday School teachers– but by their parents since that is to whom the specific command is given.
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger,
but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
(Emphasis is mine)
It’s hard for parents to teach their children solid Bible truths when so few of our churches are actually biblically educating the parents.
Over a dozen years ago, the responsibility of raising two small boys fell heavily on my shoulders. As the stay-at-home parent, I spent the most time with them and would be doing the most teaching.
I felt that I had a limited knowledge of solid Bible doctrine, so how could I be sure that what I taught my children was accurate? I felt that way even though I had been homeschooled in a Christian home and had read through the Bible more than once before I graduated from high school.
This is when I went searching for resources that could help me learn Bible doctrine as I taught my children.
I’ve endorsed a Catechism more than once already. I cannot emphasize enough how much it helped me by breaking bible concepts down into clear, simple questions and answers.
See entire catechism here
The simple truths that were conveyed in the catechism were answers my soul longed for, answers like what was I created for? I was created to bring honor and glory to God.
It’s a simple concept, really.
But if I don’t know that I’m here to bring God glory, I am directionless. Knowing why I am here gives me peace.
I’m not here to force the whole world to follow Christ.
I’m not here to make myself look holy and righteous.
I’m here to glorify God with my life, in whatever form that takes —even suffering, and no matter how difficult it is.
Understanding changed everything.
A catechism also discusses the nature of God.
I’ve referenced God’s nature multiple times as we’ve applied scripture on this blog. I’ve based my decisions about what God means by a passage on what we know about His nature.
For instance, we know that God does not want a woman to follow her husband into sin and call it submission. We know this because it is contrary to God’s holy nature. He never wants us to sin.
These doctrines are foundational.
They’re immensely important concepts.
In this video, Paul Washer is teaching about and explaining a catechism. Even if this video is too advanced for your child, you can watch and learn, gleaning understanding that you can pass along to your young ones.
I cannot express strongly enough how important it is to have a good, accurate catechism to lay a foundation of Bible doctrine.
That’s what a catechism is: Bible doctrine broken down into small chunks of single sentences.
There are many catechisms online, but this one is simple enough a child can use it.
Another great resource which takes Bible concepts and breaks them down into understandable parts is the book Leading Little Ones to God (affiliate link). Instead of questions and answers, there are paragraphs that explain Bible concepts.
The book is geared toward preschool, but I have used it with grade school and even middle school children.
It was originally written in the 1960s and has been used to teach decades of children about Jesus.
Above all, I encourage you Mamas to make it your business to learn about God. It’s your duty to point these children to the Lord.
Are you equipped for that job?
Bible doctrine is not just for pastors. It’s for all people who wish to know God and not be led astray by winds of false teaching.
Theology means “knowledge of God,” and we should all be theologians, studying to know more about Him.
Don’t believe the lie that it’s too hard to understand scripture.
Begin the catechism with your child. Learn beside them and with them.
And watch your faith –and your child’s faith– grow as you increase in knowledge.
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2 Peter 3:18