The Faith, Obedience and Sin Principles are three important truths we must teach our children.
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When we teach our children Gods Word, our goal is not
simply to fill their heads with an accumulation of facts. We read in Scripture
that knowledge, alone, puffs us up. Instead, we want the Bible to come alive
for our children as we study it together during family worship time. In the 10th
segment of a 20-article series, Dr. Dunlap tells us how we can better achieve
this goal by seizing teachable moments.
Teaching is the fourth element of family worship. The goal
of teaching is to make the scriptures come alive for our family. We do this by
relating biblical truths and principles to specific life situations. As
parents, we should be alert to learner readiness in our childrens lives.
When they ask questions, we must be prepared to answer them and to seize the
Strive to teach your family to love Godnot merely to
There are thirteen life principles that parents should
seek to invest in their children as they lead them in family devotions from
year to year. The first is the Faith Principle. This principle states
that the greatest goal in a Believers life is to live to the glory and
pleasure of God. The writer of Ephesians 2:8-10 enlarges on this principle:
For it is by grace that you have been saved, through
faithand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godnot by works, so that
no one can boast. For we are Gods workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do
good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Children should understand that the key to real freedom is in
cheerfully obeying God-ordained authorities.
The second life principle is the Obedience Principle.
This principle states that the key to living a successful and blessed life is
to learn to respond instantly and obediently to God and to those people in
authority over us. Jesus tells us in John 14:15,
If you love me, you will obey what I command.
We cannot claim to love God if we refuse to obey Him.
The third life principle that Christian parents must teach
their children is the Sin Principle. This principle states that
when we do not utterly repent of a particular sin and remove it from our lives,
it will increase and seriously hinder our spiritual growth.
Use family worship time as an opportunity to teach children to
reckon themselves as dead to sin and alive to Christ Jesus.
The writer of Romans 6:6,7 declares,
For we know that our old self was crucified with Him so that
the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to
sin; because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.
Parents should speak often to their children of the reaping
and sowing principle. They must not fail to teach their sons and daughters that
even after God forgives us of a specific sin, we often bear the hurtful
consequences of our sinful choices. Parents should be careful to communicate
the vital truth that although Gods grace is gloriously free, it is not cheap.