Many Scriptures tell parents to provide information and guidance so their children can know what is expected. We should teach many aspects of life, but especially we must teach the word of God and its application in their lives. Children, in turn, should heed this instruction.
I. How Should We Instruct Children?
A. Word of Mouth
II. When and Where Should We Instruct Children?
A. Begin Early
A child’s character is formed primarily in his early years, so we must begin early to instill God’s word.
Some people say, “It’s not right to indoctrinate a little child. Let him grow up and decide for himself what he believes.”
When children are small, anticipate later problems, and begin to instill habits that will prevent those problems.
B. Attend ALL Church Assemblies and Classes
This too should begin early in a child’s life.
Regular attendance should be so routine that the whole family automatically knows that everyone will attend every meeting (Heb. 10:25; Acts 11:26).
Parents should make sure all family members come with their lessons prepared.
C. Have Regular, Organized Studies at Home
Every child should have daily Bible study at home.
Much good material is available to help parents in teaching.
D. Teach Informally as Occasions Present Themselves
Promote a relationship of open conversation with children.
Teach in response to questions children ask.
Have religious discussions in the child’s presence.
Discuss circumstances in life that present good moral lessons.
Discuss Bible principles when the child faces spiritual decisions or when his conduct is spiritually unacceptable.