Why Doctrine is Essential, or, Why Every Christian Parent Should Read Romans with Their Kids

While you’re over at the Desiring God shop for their $5 book sale today or tomorrow, you could also read an article or two. Being interested as I am in teaching my children, I read this article yesterday, called Teaching Doctrine to a Six-Year-Old. That very topic is one that Brian and I think aboutpretty much daily. We have a 5 year old who takes note of new things, and we are often finding ourselves praying for good words to use to explain biblical ideas.

John Piper’s article is not a how-to guide to giving the Gospel to our kids, but rather a defense for Christians to focus on doctrine even amidst their daily lives, which scream out for practical help. Doctrine is practical. And being able to put it in words that a kid can understand often comes from a heart that has seen the truth of the Gospel as the Life and Light that it is. A kid who really gets what Jesus did for them on the cross isn’t going to fall into the trap of “it’s my parents’ religion”. Not that it’s a guarantee, but helping our children know God is my biggest job as a parent, and it brings glory to Him.

3 Responses to “Why Doctrine is Essential, or, Why Every Christian Parent Should Read Romans with Their Kids”

  1. 1 Doc
    June 27, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    Yeah, and there’s nothing better than building another little hate filled, homophobic monster – you go. Jesus would be so proud.

  2. 2 Eva
    June 27, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Actually, Doc, I can think of a lot of things that are better than that. I’m assuming you’ve run into some hateful people. That’s not what real Christianity is about.

  3. 3 Trisha
    June 27, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    I so agree with you Eva!! As promised I have been reading your blogs, and often find myself saying, “she is so right”!! But on this you were right enough to require a response. Nothing is more important to me as a mother than to teach my children WHY we beleive what we beleive. Not just giving them a set of rules, but to the best of my ability, with God working through me, the knowledge of who He is. It makes that job just that much easier knowing there are other moms out there who get it. Keep up the great work!!

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