“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,”-2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”-Ephesians 6:1
The Word of God is not a club to be used to bash the children in our lives so they submit to God, but it should be used to guide and direct them in the way they should go. When my children were little the first verse Jennifer and I had them memorize was Ephesians 6:1. We would use this verse to help gently correct our children when they disobeyed. Even though at times it is tempting to say, “Because I said so!” when it comes to behavior, it is really better to have a measuring tool to help the children in our lives when we correct them. What better tool than the Word of God?
I am not encouraging treating God as the big, bad ogre in the sky waiting to strike us down when we don’t fall in line but rather to present God as the Bible does as a loving Father who does expect us to obey and follow Him. God’s ways are the best ways and as 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us, Scripture is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
So what do we do? In order to utilize Scripture the way Paul exhorts in 2 Timothy, we must be familiar with Scripture for ourselves. If we want to teach the children in our lives how to apply God’s Word for themselves, we must take the time to study for ourselves. We have quite a few resources at our church to help you do that. Each weekend, Pastor Bob (or one of the other pastors) teaches from God’s Word and gives practical suggestions on how to apply that Scripture to our lives. We also have classes offered here at the church and through small groups to help people grow in their faith and biblical knowledge. There are also resources available on our website www.thehangar.org and through the Children’s Ministry office.
It is my hope that each of us can influence the children in our lives with the truth of God’s Word and train them in righteousness.
Walking by your side,