Three Steps to Teach Your Child About God
Parents and teachers are called to teach children about God. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 clearly tells you how; talking about God as you sit at home, when you go about your day, when you put your children to bed and when they get up in the morning.
Make reading scripture and prayer a priority so that God’s truths flow from your heart. Children will believe what you say about God because they have that special relationship with you and they trust what you say.
Use the Bible when you tell stories about God’s love, care, provision, and His creation.
- Open the Bible to the location of the story. Young preschoolers can learn that the Bible tells about God.
- Allow them to hold the Bible and pat the pages as you say, “This the Bible, it is a special book that tells us about God.”
- Draw pictures of the story, depending on their age. Ask them to draw their favorite part of the story. Display the picture in a prominent place.
Follow the stories your children hear at church and repeat them at home. Talk about the story during the week. Ask,
- “What did you learn about God from the story?”
- “Tell me how you feel about the story.”
- “What was your favorite part of the story?”
Use teachable moments. When you can make application about the story in that teachable moment the children will remember the truth of the story longer and begin to build a knowledge and a foundation for faith development.
- Use moments when you talk about God’s creation.
- Talk about how much God loves them. You love them, too.
- Mention God is special. No one is like Him.
Here are truths children can learn about God .
- God cares for me, my family and my friends.
- God loves me.
- God hears me when I pray.
- God wants people to sing and pray to Him.
- God can do things people cannot do.
- God knows everything.
- God does what He says he will do.
Follow God’s guidance as you teach children. He will supply all you need!