Christian Education: Priceless

“You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth.” – Deuteronomy 11:18-21

We just started Confirmation a couple weeks ago with approximately 15 confirmation students. Praise God! This year we will be studying Martin Luther’s Small Catechism. What always strikes me is how every section in the catechism begins; “as the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to his household.” Notice it didn’t say, as the pastor should teach your children. Martin Luther emphasized the importance of faith being pasted on through the family, with the help and support of the church. He envisioned his catechism as a home schooling instruction book for the Christian faith that would be taught by the parents to the children. In fact, I always encourage parents to talk about the faith at home. This is one of the most valuable ways we can pass the Christian faith on to the next generation. When we talk about the faith from day to day with our children, we instill in them the importance of God’s Word that will last a lifetime. 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there talking about the faith with mom and dad is worth more than my whole hour of instruction in class. Your children want to know how important your faith in Jesus is, so share it with them as often as possible. Take every opportunity to talk about spiritual truths and how they apply to everyday life. Growing up, my parents talked about the faith with me almost every day. I’m not saying your children will become pastors, but God dose have a promise in the Bible for our faithfulness to Christian education in the home, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6).”

God Bless,

Pastor Joel