Teaching your child by Biblical Standards
I would like to take a moment to thank the wonderful women of our Ladies Bible Study group at Rock Fork Bible Church. Our Teacher Judy Moore and her sister Ilene Scott helped me out with the scripture and message content you see here in this first part of our second lesson. They really help me stay focused and keep my message sound!
Jesus is our example
I Peter 2:21
For even hereunto were ye called because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
From the first moments, we have as parents, we are called to be our children’s teachers. What they learn from us will be with them for the rest of their lives. God makes it clear that Jesus is our example. We are to desire to be like him.
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for such is the Kingdom of heaven.
So what are we as parents teaching our children? We should first desire to teach them to read God’s word and to pray. It is our job as parents to share moral instruction with our children. The ten commandments are given to us to help develop moral standards. They do two important things for us as individuals and as family units. Firstly they show us what wrong behavior is and secondly they help us understand the true need for a savior.
They pave the way to helping us understand Jesus and our desperate need of him. There is no way we alone can perfect ourselves. It is not possible for us in our lives to make ourselves morally perfect. Non can say they have never broken moral standards. We, living in this world which is corrupted by sin, are influenced by sin every day. Just knowing the difference between good and evil is not enough! This is why we need the grace and forgiveness that Jesus provides us. God has a reason also for wanting us to know his word.
The Bible is a key when used it has the power to open the door of our lives and set us free from our own personal prison.
Read Exodus 20 – God’s Laws
Teaching God’s word to your children helps develop moral standards. You as a parent can use the Bible to comfort your children in difficult situations as well.
We will break this lesson into two parts.We will begin with what God says about teaching and his word then part two will be about finding and sharing comfort in God’s word.
And, ye Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Let us take a look at what this scripture is saying. The word nurture means to train by rules enforced by rewards and punishment. The word admonition means a verbal instruction to correct. We as parents should seek to subdue our children’s self will (as well as our own self-will). Our focus should be on God’s will for ourselves and our children. We learn his will by studying his word. Our self-will often runs against the will of God. We can not save ourselves and often our deepest desires and best-laid plains bring about more destruction then anything else.
A parent who indulges a child’s self will (and their own) does the Devil’s work making religion impractical, salvation unattainable, and damns his child body and soul forever.
Our prayer for ourselves and our children should be for God to use us in his plan today, not for our way to be upheld.
Read Deuteronomy chapter 6
It talks about God’s commandments and statutes. The people were instructed to learn them. It says for them to teach them diligently unto the children and for them to talk of them as well as to write them on their homes posts and gates. God wants us to know him and this comes from knowing his word. The more you read the Bible together as a family the more you will grow as a family.
Too often today parents let others shape the lives of their children for them. We need to be speaking God’s word and reading it daily. Our children should know God’s word and have a desire for it! We can not ignore the power we as parents have to teach our children to be morally secure. God desires us to share his message with our family and to become aware of Godly Moral standards- not just knowing them but also teaching them to our children from an early age.