EPISODE 006: TEACHING CHILDREN THE TRUTH

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV), we read, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

The most loving thing we can do for children is to teach them the Truth (1 Corinthians 13:6). To do that, Christian parents and children’s ministry leaders must know the Truth for themselves (John 17:17), speak the Truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), and faithfully live out the Truth every day (1 John 5:1-5).

In other words, our wisdom, words, and actions must be founded upon the Source of Truth – the Triune God. God the Father (Deuteronomy 32:4), God the Son (John 14:6), and God the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). are One God in Three Persons (Matthew 28:19), and God is the Source of Truth.

God has revealed His Truth on the pages of the Bible (Psalm 119:142; John 17:17). It is the Word of the Living God. When the Bible speaks, God speaks. All Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) and His written word proceeded from His mouth. He is the Source and Author of the Bible.

There is a primary author and a secondary author for every verse of Scripture. The secondary authors were men, whom God used as the human instruments to record His words (2 Peter 1:20-21). There were approximately 40 human authors of the Bible’s 66 books, but there was One primary Author – God Himself (Matthew 4:4).

Although men wrote down the Scripture, it is not of men or from men; it is from God. (1 Thessalonians 2:13). God speaks through the Bible, so we must be discerning and know the difference between His Word and the words of men (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Truth does not come from within ourselves, as Buddhists believe, but from the Word of God, to which we add nothing (Proverbs 30:5-6).

The Scripture is the revelation of God (Psalm 19:7-9; Hebrews 1:1-2), and in the Bible, the true God is revealed. In John 1:14 (ESV), we read, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”.

God’s Word has power, and through the Bible, God releases His power to save (Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 1:18; James 1:21) and to sanctify (John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26) sinful people.

Why is teaching children the Truth so important? Because God is Truth and how a child responds to His Truth, as recorded in the Bible, is the determiner of their life, indeed, their eternity (John 8:47, 20:31). Romans 10:17 (ESV) says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” 

God is not silent, as some believe. He has told us everything He wants us to know, and it is all written down in the Bible. We need to learn it, believe it, obey it, and pass on the Truth to the next generation (Psalm 78:4-7).

Teach these things to your children at home and at church. (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:4). First, give kids their own copy of the Bible. Then spend time together reading, studying, listening, memorizing, singing, and discussing the Scripture (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; 2 Timothy 3:15).

That, my friend, is how you impart Truth to children.

FOR YOUR MINISTRY TOOLBOX

1) Take some time to read and meditate on all the Bible verses listed above, and then hear God’s voice as He speaks to you through His written Word.

TAGS: Deuteronomy 6:6-7, 32:4; Psalm 19:7-9, 22:6, 30:5-6, 78:4-7, 119:142; Matthew 4:4, 28:19; John 8:47, 14:6, 16:13, 17:17, 20;31; Romans 1:16, 10:17; I Corinthians 1:18, 13:6; Epshesians 4:15, 5:26, 6:4; I Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17, 4:3-4; Hebrews 1:12; James 1:21; 2 Peter 1:20-21; I John 1:14, 5:1-5; God; Truth; Bible; Scripture; Word of God; Teaching

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