7 Key Biblical Themes To Teach Your Kids! // How To Disciple Your Kids : Part 1
I love my kids and of all the things that my wife Katie and I hope for them and want for their future, I want them to know Jesus personally and to live out the Bible in their daily lives. As parents of two young children I know the uncertainty or even insecurities that can rise up as far as discipling our kids is concerned. A few years ago I released a book called, Following Jesus. This is a book that is not in a few languages and used in churches to disciple adults and teenagers, but now I’m in the process of writing the Kids version of the book and I’m getting so excited about the potential impact. So, as I’m writing this discipleship book for kids I wanted to begin to talk out some of these concepts as I go.
Our biggest fear in Discipleship is often not having all of the answers or knowing just what to say, but initially discipling your child is more about living it then just saying it. And it’s not some official time each day or week that you have to sit your child down to have a teaching time, but instead you learn how to bring your relationship with Jesus into every part of your lives. Look how Moses describes this process in Deuteronomy.
Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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.
Yes there are some specific ways that we can be intentional with teaching our children God’s word, but initially we can focus more on bringing Jesus into our daily lives like we see in the verses above. Showing and teaching our children about Jesus is more natural than you realize. You don’t have to have all the answers to your kids wild questions! Ha! Primarily focus on sharing with them what you do know and why you follow Jesus.
Here are 7 Big Themes in the Bible to focus on with your kids:
1. Their Father in Heaven perfectly created them, loves them and wants to talk with them!
- Genesis 1 – The creation Story
- Psalm 139:13-18 – God hand creating each of us
2. God gave us to free will to choose to follow him or go our own way and sin.
- That sin caused us to be separated from God.
- Romans 6:23 – The cost of sin was death
- The price for our sin had to be paid for to rescue us back from the enemy.
- 1 Peter 1:18-21 – redeemed by the perfect lamb (Jesus)
3. Jesus came to earth to bring us close to God again through his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead.
- John 3:16 – God loved us so much he sent Jesus to rescue us
- Ephesians 2:12-14 – we were brought close by the blood of Jesus
4. Jesus sent us His Holy Spirit to empower all those who Follow Jesus!
- Acts 1:4,5,8 – Jesus sends us his Holy Spirit
5. God also gave us the Bible, which is the Word of God. The Bible teaches, corrects us and guides us.
- Psalm 119:105 – The Bible guides our lives
6. God has a good purpose and plan for us while we’re on earth here.
- Matthew 6:33 – seek God’s purpose first
- Much of our purpose is found as we connect with the community of other believers called, The Church. Jesus given the church the mission to tell the whole world about Jesus.
- Matthew 28:19-20 – Go and make disciples!
7. After this life, those who Follow Jesus will spend eternity in paradise with God.
- John 14:1-6 – Jesus is in heaven preparing a place for us
Think about these key themes in the Bible, what they mean to you, and then begin to bring them up and remind your kids of these truths. These key themes and many more will help your child build an unshakable foundation to build their life on!
I’d love to hear from you any other key themes you teach your kids or ways that you’ve found helps connect God’s word to their young world!
I’ll be releasing more of these kinds of blogs and will let you know when the kids version of Following Jesus is release, but for now, grab a copy of the original one and or download the Following Jesus App for Apple or Android.