Unfortunately, we are often to blame. For too long, the Church (and Children’s Ministry Leaders specifically) has poised itself as “the official spiritual trainer of children.” This is definite far from the Biblical case that I lay out in the introduction of this message.
I have included the basic outline below. Also, you can watch the video of the full teaching here.
Feel free to use this in your church to teach the parents of the children in your ministry about the importance of having meaningful GOD conversations with their kids.
“How To Talk To Kids About God”
“These commandments that I give you today are to be upon 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 door frames of your houses and on your gates.” – Deuteronomy 6:6-9
God’s plan: for PARENTS to be the primary spiritual leaders of their children.
“Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, “Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children.” – Deuteronomy 4:9-10
“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates…” – Deuteronomy 11:18-20
”Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” – Proverbs 22:6
“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4
Leading a child in their spiritual development is one of the greatest joys in life.
1. Recognize that it is not one conversation, but many.
2. Share what you know.
3. Learn more so you can share more.
4. Pray with your kids daily.
5. Have regular family devotions with your kids.
6. Worship with your kids.
7. Serve with your kids.
8. Model Godly behavior for your kids.
9. Allow your kids to ask questions.
10. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.”
11. Discover the answer together.
12. Explain the Gospel in clear, understandable terms.