FIRST-PERSON: Teach our children

RENTON, Wash. (BP) -- Frederick Douglass was an African American who escaped from slavery and became a leader of the abolitionist movement, saying that "it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

God wants us to teach our children about His Word and to train our children in becoming Christ's disciples. These Bible verses underscore that teaching children about God's Word is an important thing to do:

-- "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise" (Deuteronomy 6:6-7).

-- "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6).

Children like to learn the Word of God and want to discover His plan for their future. Teaching children the Word of God is the only way of leading them to receive eternal life (2 Timothy 3:15, Romans 10:17), helping them to know God's plan for their life (Psalm 119:1-2, Proverbs 3:5-6), showing them how to follow Christ (Matthew 28:20, Psalm 19:7-11), and guiding them to enjoy everyday life with God (Jeremiah 15:16, Psalm 119:9-16).

Because it is so important to train and shape children, God has given them the capacity to receive and understand spiritual truths from an early age. They have a great ability to remember stories, Bible verses and songs. Children like to discover and learn new things. We must do our best every day to help them know God more clearly, to love God more dearly, and to serve God more wholeheartedly. We want to see children to grow mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The thing that was most enjoyable for me in 2018 was teaching basic theology lessons to the children of my church on Friday nights. We focused on the Bible, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, angels, Satan, demons, humanity, salvation, heaven and hell.

Together, let us train our children to become Christ's disciples.

Christian Phan is the founder and senior pastor of Agape Baptist Church in Renton, Wash., and former president of the Vietnamese Baptist Fellowship in the U.S and Canada. A Bible study resource he has written, Basic Theology for Children, can be accessed without copyright infringement at Agape Baptist Church's resources page, www.abcwa.org/resources.
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