Ten Ways to Teach Your Children a Biblical Worldview

by Rhonda on May 1, 2012 in Faithfulness, Legacy, Training Ground for Mature Adult Character

One of my passions for my children is that they never leave our home without developing a biblical worldview.  What is a biblical worldview?–It is evaluating everything in this world through a Biblical grid.  To begin with, my children have to know that they are part of the human race and the human race has a problem–each of us are hopeless sinners in need of a redeemer.  As Christian parents, we point our children to the only true means of forgiveness–the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.  So their foundation for a biblical worldview begins first with their salvation.

This post, however, is focusing on ways of building on that foundation of salvation.  How can I help my children think like a Christian should think? Salvation is just the beginning of a long journey.  As Christians or literally Christ followers–we look to the Bible as our guidebook for living.  And your worldview is how you think about life, how you view cultural thinking.  So when I say teaching your children a biblical worldview, what I mean is teaching your children to view everything in life through a biblical lens.  I want my children to examine every teaching and cultural trend in the light of what Scripture has to say on that subject.  A mother asked me to share practical ways to teach children a biblical worldview.
Here are 10 ways we have tried to use to accomplish that goal:

1.   Start at the starting point:  Read the Bible–a lot.
2.   Read literature/history texts written by authors who have a biblical worldview.
3.   Eat together at least once a day and talk about current issues around the dinner table.
4.   Watch movies that encourage conversation regarding issues/how the Bible relates to those issues.
5.   Use a course or materials specifically written to teach worldview.
6.   Consider sending your older child to a worldview camp or conference or attend one as a family
7.   Create an atmosphere in your home that honors biblical thinking.
8.   Attend a church where the Word of God is consistently, faithfully taught.
9.   As your child gets older, transfer spoon-fed biblical teaching methods to self-directed bible study
10. Choose an education that backs up what is being taught/has been taught at home

I’m going to unpack these thoughts further over at Walking with Sarah in the coming weeks as we take each point and study it in more detail.  Be sure and join us!

Rhonda

Rhonda and Herb have been married for 28 years and together they have four children, aged 27-13. Herb is a certified nouthetic counselor through NANC, which provides many opportunities to see marriages and families strengthened for the glory of God. Their family is currently involved in planting a family integrated church in Northwest Indiana. Rhonda seeks to encourage women in their roles as wives and mothers through mentoring and writing. She blogs at WalkingwithSarah.com.

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Shannon C May 1, 2012

I would love to see a post about how to get your child to study the Bible on their own and have quiet times. I was never taught that growing up and I’m not sure how to go about it. I still struggle with quiet times, myself. My daughter is almost 10 so I’m sure it’s about time,but so far has shown no interest or initiative to do it on her own.

Kelly Marshall May 1, 2012

Love the list! Of course we have a grand goal of teaching our children to view life through a biblical lens, but that is so… abstract! Breaking it down like this is a much better way to accomplish goals– thank you!

Angela Newsom May 1, 2012

I can’t wait to read more! Thank you for tackling this subject. Blessings to you and your family…

Pumpkin, Pie, Painter May 2, 2012

Great points! Thanks for sharing. Not sure that the subject of politics is always good for digestion, but it definitely provides lots of lessons to be learned around a pile of potatoes and hamburgers. 🙂 I agree! Meals and car rides are definitely great family times.

Brooke Espinoza May 2, 2012

What a great list, Rhonda! Thanks for sharing!

Lisa May 2, 2012

Thank you so much for hosting the linkup! I was happy to add a couple of links and add your button to my sidebar! 🙂 Many blessings, Lisa

Rhonda Devine May 3, 2012

Thanks, ladies for your comments. Shannon–I will be sharing on that topic in a future post in this series.

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