Teaching Our Children

Pastor Eugene recommends resources to help us teach the children in our midst to know God.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”  

These verses from Deuteronomy 6:4-7 were foundational for Israel’s faith and life in the Old Testament. Not only were the Israelites meant to know the truth about God, but also to teach this truth diligently to their children. God wanted His word to permeate the daily lives of Israel’s families, whether in or out of the home, whether day or night.  

Last Sunday, we celebrated Children’s Day in our worship service by inviting the children forward for prayer. God has graciously entrusted to us a growing number of young lives. Our children do not finally belong to us; they are a precious stewardship from God. As a family of God’s people, we are responsible for teaching our children about Jesus and how they are to follow him. Our members’ covenant says: “We will endeavor to raise the children and youth under our care in the training and instruction of the Lord.” All of us have a part to play, not only the biological parents.  

A number of people have asked me to recommend helpful resources for children. Here are what Claire and I have read with our two boys, Zachary (10) and Iain (7):  

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The Big Picture Story Bible by David Helm

This very accessible book is great for younger children (2-6 years). It tells the entire story of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, with a focus on Jesus as the culmination of this storyline.

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The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones 

This is another helpful resource for younger children. It shows how Jesus is the common thread running through the stories of the Bible.

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Long Story Short by Marty Machowski 

This is a good resource for children and teenagers. It comprises 78 devotions with selected readings from the whole Old Testament.

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Old Story New by Marty Machowski 

This book is the “sequel” to the previous one. It contains 78 devotions with selected readings from the entire New Testament.

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Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids by David Murray 

Our boys just started on this. This book contains a reading plan with brief reflection questions that accompany each daily Scripture passage.

 

We have also read some good resources on Christian theology with our children. I heartily recommend these: 

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Two Ways to Live: Who Will be King? 

This resource faithfully presents the gospel in a clear and concise way to children.

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The Big Book of Questions and Answers: A Family Devotional Guide to the Christian Faith by Sinclair Ferguson 

Ferguson is one of my favourite Christian authors. This book summarizes key biblical doctrines that are foundational to our Christian life.

 

Finally, Claire and I have also benefitted immensely from these books on parenting. They have helped to shape the way we raise our boys in a gospel-centred way, so that we are more intentional about pointing them to the grace of God in Jesus Christ. 

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Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

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Instructing a Child’s Heart by Tedd & Margy Tripp

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Parenting: The 14 Gospel Principles that can Radically Change Your Family by Paul Tripp

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Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens by Paul Tripp

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This week:

1. Scripture calls us to prepare for tough times by fortifying ourselves with God’s truth, so that our faith is not unduly shaken when trials come. Join us for Equip this Saturday (Oct 12) at 930am in Room 310 to hear about how God grows us through suffering.

2. This Sunday, we will hear from Romans 12:9-21 on how to live out our lives in worship of God by loving one another and those who are difficult to love. Let's pray for the Holy Spirit to transform lives that manifest His glory.