Children learn their faith by watching us—their parents, family, and fellow church members. Each stage of development needs loving answers to the questions of life. How can we instill a firm love for God in the children we know—our own and those in our church? What will it take to make them into mature Christian leaders of tomorrow?
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SCRIPTURE: Exodus 12:26–27; Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 20–21; Proverbs 22:6; Matthew 15:22–28; Luke 2:41–52; 15:11–20
• The Issue
What most influenced your relationship with God in your own upbringing?
When do you think we should begin teaching a child about God? What difference does the child's stage of development make to what he or she can learn?
• The Scriptures
Read Proverbs 22:6. Is this a statement of promise or probability? Why?
Read Luke 2:41–52. What does this teach us about the expectations we should have for our children?
• The Application
Sample application questions:
What are some common mistakes parents make in teaching their children about the Christian faith? How can they be avoided?
How can adults other than parents contribute to building a child's faith? How does this illustrate the importance of the church?
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• Building Faith: How a Child Learns to Love God, by by Paul E. Parsons (August 1986, 13 printed pages)
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