Bible Verses to Teach Your Children

Fellow parents, if you haven’t made a practice of this already, it may be a good time to start encouraging your children to memorize Bible verses. Our twin daughters are now three and a half so I started to compile a short list of Bible verses they could memorize. Of course, the possibilities are endless when it comes to Scripture memorization, but here are a few verses that came to mind.

 

1. “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

 

2. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother….that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6:1-3

 

3. “Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” James 1:19-20

 

4. “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching.” Proverbs 1:8 (see also Proverbs 4:23 and 23:22)

 

5. “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews 12:11 (Maybe this one would be good for the teen years)

 

6. “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

 

7. “Jesus said, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

 

8. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

 

Perhaps you could memorize some of these verses along with your kids. It certainly won’t hurt if you don’t already know them by heart. But always remember the responsibility that God has entrusted to you to train up your children in the ways of the Lord. “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 walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

 

More than anything as parents, we want to instill in our kids a love of Scripture and a desire to know Him through His Word. Of course, there is a Holy Spirit component, which we must not forget, but there is also need for parents to be intentional about exposing their children to the Scriptures. If you think of it, pray for Steph and I because this is as much for us as for anyone. And if you would like us to pray for you, be sure and drop me a note. I would love to pray for you in this regard.

A Challenge To Fathers

Two years ago I don’t think I could have envisioned what a joy it is to be a Father. Yes, it is hard and even frustrating at times, but children are an incredible blessing and Steph and I praise God every day for entrusting us with Elizabeth and Anna. As you might have expected, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to be a Father. Perhaps the most important lesson for me concerns responsibility – that we are responsible (along with our wives) to train our children in the ways of the Lord.

 

The Bible teaches, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:3-4). In the family, it is critically important for Fathers to provide spiritual leadership and do this very thing – commend the works of God to their children.  Our children need to know that there is a God who is mighty to save. They need to know that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to redeem all who put their faith and trust in Him.  Our children need to know that their sins can be forgiven when they repent and turn to Christ.

 

Let me challenge you Christian Fathers – are you training up your children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6)?  Are you bringing them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4)?  Are you using every opportunity to teach them about the greatness of God and the saving power of Jesus (Deuteronomy 6:7)?  One day I will stand before God and give an account for how I raised my children, and you will too.  Will we be able to say that we did everything we could to pass on what God entrusted to us?  Or will we be forced to say we failed to deliver this most important message?

 

The best thing that parents can do for their children is to expose them to the Scriptures and then pray for the seed of God’s Word takes root in the child’s heart. Many Christian parents think that this is only done in our churches.  And yes, our children should be taught in church, but the home is the best place to teach your children about Christ. Think of how much time your children spend at home as compared to church.  Think about the value of spending just 15 minutes a day reading the Bible to your children.  I know you love your children and therefore, I want to challenge you to make time to teach them about Christ.

 

As I said before, it is a great joy and a delight to be a Father. But it’s also a tremendous responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure there is bread on the table, but you also have to make sure your children are receiving the spiritual nourishment they so desperately need. Father’s, let’s make sure we don’t short our children in this regard.

 

Happy Father’s Day!