“The best your children will learn about God will be from watching you try to find out for yourself. Jesus said, “Seek and ye shall find.” They will not always do what you tell them to do, but they will be-good and bad- as they see you being. If your children see you seeking they will seek—the finding part is up to God.”
Polly Berrien Berends, Gently Lead: How to Teach Your Children about God While Finding Out for Yourself
Parents are children’s primary teachers, and nowhere is that more true, then in spiritual formation. If only the Bible gave us a scope and sequence to follow: teach this at this time and that at that time, this concept builds on that one, etc. But the Bible’s instructions to parents are less about structure and more about lifestyle.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Children’s Ministries at Oak Hills is excited to offer another tool in helping parents create a spiritually forming lifestyle in the home through HomeFront Monthly. This magazine is filled with articles and activities which are not about “doing more,” but rather about framing the things parents naturally do with some space for God to work. You can get your copy of this month’s HomeFront at the Spotlight Booth this Sunday, September 25th, or you can download it from this link. Every month or so, watch for a notification that the next HomeFront is available and pick yours up.
We’d love to know what you think of HomeFront as well as what other things we can do to partner with you in your families spiritual journey, so give us your feedback. firstname.lastname@example.org.