This is part 2 of a two part guest post by Jessica, mother of two, who is joyfully serving alongside her husband as they minister as international church planters in Eastern Europe. For part 1, visit here.
Previously I told you about what my husband and I are currently doing with our children for their biblical education. I wanted to share with a few resources to help you out.
Resources that we read to help us get started:
Family Driven Faith by Voddie Baucham
This is one of the three must read books that I recommend to parents. Dr. Baucham unashamedly explains how it is parents’ responsibility to be discipling their children and explains ways to get started. The book goes through an exegesis of Deuteronomy 6 to present the argument. Dr. Baucham challenges the current trend of youth groups and public schooling and even if you don’t agree with everything he presents, you will be challenged to evaluate your family’s practices. I highly recommend that both the husband and wife read this book and discuss the principles. My husband said that after reading it, he was really challenged to make sure he was living up to his responsibility for discipling his family if he wanted to be a man.
Family Worship In the Bible, In History, and In your Home by Donald Whitney
This is a short book that presents the biblical history of family worship and gives suggestions of how to start family worship time and what type of components should be included in this time. Again, both spouses should read it or singles should read it and choose a spouse who desires for family worship time.
Resources we use with our children:
Everything a Child Should Know About God by Kenneth N. Taylor
This book is a fantastic starting place to teach your children basic Christian doctrine. It is broken into 10 sections- 1. What the Bible is All About, 2. What God Has Done, 3. Who God is, 4. The Problem of Sin, 5. Jesus Comes to Help Us, 6. Jesus Wants to Save You, 7. The Holy Spirit Helps Us, 8. Why We Go to Church, 9. Living as Jesus’ Friends, and 10. When Jesus Comes Back. There are over 50 short devotional readings to share with your children. This book is easy to read and includes an illustration for each devotional reading, but it is not fluff! You will shape your children’s worldview using this book!
We use this book as a devotional we read in the morning. We have read through it twice and will continue to rotate it in as part of our morning routine until our children are 6 or so. I recommend it for ages 2 to 6, or slightly older if you have not been discipling your children previously. We read one or two readings each day and then discuss it with our children.
Leading Little Ones to God: A Child’s Book of Bible Teaching by Marian Schoolland
This is the best book I have found to use for devotion time. It is so complete that a father could use it as a guide for family worship. This book also serves to teach children basic Christian doctrine. It is broken into fourteen sections- 1. Looking for God, 2. God is Very Great, 3. All that God Does is Good, 4. Sin Spoiled the World, 5. God’s Law, 6. God Loves Us, 7. What Jesus Did, 8. About the Holy Spirit, 9. How We Become Children of God, 10. How God’s Children Live and Grow, 11. God Helps His Children Live for Him, 12. When We Pray to God, 13. About God’s Church, and 14. Things That Are to Happen. There are 86 actual lessons and each one has a short devotional reading, questions to discuss, a suggested scripture reading, a memory verse, a hymn to sing and a prayer. There is a beautiful illustration on average for every 3 lessons. I recommend it for children 4 to 12 although a 3 year old who has been discipled for a while and has been trained to sit still may be able to handle it.
We have not begun using this book since our oldest just turned three two weeks ago, but I have read through it in its entirety. We will use it in the mornings as part of our morning devotionals, but since it is so complete, I do think it would be a great resource for a dad to use if he wanted a frame for family worship. My only complaint about it is that some of the hymns are a little obscure- but this is getting really picky! I can’t wait to use this book in the next year and in the years to follow!
Other helpful resource recommendations:
The Jesus Storybook Bible -this is one of two children’s Bibles recommended by Al Mohler because it is not just a collection of Bible stories, but shows the whole picture of the Bible and how every story whispers Jesus’s name. It is probably best for older 3 year olds and up.
The Big Book of Questions and Answers about Jesus by Sinclair Ferguson: a great book to use in family worship or devotional time that covers many questions kids may have about Jesus. Scripturally sound.
Big Truths for Little Kids by Susan Hunt and Richie Hunt: a cathechism with short stories written for children.
Big Picture Story Bible: the other Bible recommended by Al Mohler. It is supposed to give children a complete view of the Bible in its entirety not just a collection of stories. This is really a great Bible that looks at why God did what He has done and our son loves it even at two.
Hymns for a Kid’s Heart: I love this series! It is a book with stories about the history of a hymn, a short devotional, the lyrics and music, and a CD of the hymns. Each book has about 12 hymns. Hymns are such a great way to teach theology and these are so much fun to listen to and learn about with our son.
Truth and Grace Memory Series by Thomas Ascol- recommended by Voddie Baucham, this is a series to guide your child’s scripture memorization. A catechism as well as hymns are also included for memorization. Great resource!
Thanks Jessica for sharing these wonderful resources!