teaching our children a biblical worldview

As parents, we have the responsibility to answer our children’s toughest questions about life and to model to them how they interact and survive in the world. Teaching our children a biblical worldview is the foundation of them shining their light in a world of darkness.

Ecclesiates 3:11 tells us that “He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” This tells us that every human is determined to answer the basic questions of life:

  • Where did I come from?
  • What is my purpose?
  • What happens when I die?

But, the second part of the verse tells us that we cannot fully figure anything out apart from God because we cannot “fathom what He has done from beginning to end.” There is an element of faith and trust involved.

A worldview is how one views the world in relation to their answers to these questions. So, a person’s behaviors, motivations, and sense of purpose are all dependent on one’s worldview.

What is a Biblical Worldview?

The Christian worldview in short is one that would answer all of those questions based on the infallible Word of God. On a large scale, it looks something like this:

  • God created the world (Genesis 1-2).
  • We were separated from God because of sin (Genesis 3).
  • God’s answer to restoring the fallen world is Jesus Christ (Romans 3).
  • All who trust in Jesus will inherit eternal life. (John 3:16)

Clearly, the conduct of Christians should be in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ, otherwise, they are not steady with their worldview. Those who hold to the Christian worldview should live with a sense of purpose that uplifts and glorifies God.

It informs every single part of our lives. There is nothing that separates it. The Bible informs us from creation to the cross. But also, on how to deal with money, relationships, family, conduct, disciplines, and everything else that would set us apart in this world as God’s people.

So, the most important question we should ask ourselves as parents should be: “Am I living with a Biblical worldview?”

How to Teach Our Children a Biblical Worldview

When it comes to teaching our children a Biblical worldview, we need to keep a few things in mind:

  1. The Bible is the true, infallible word of God. We must treat it as such. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
    1. Teach your children by reinforcing this fact. You can use language like, “The Word of God says…” or “God’s Command is…” or “The truth we see in the Bible is…”.
    2. Help them to see that the Bible gives the only logical explanation to creation, purpose, and standard of living.
  2. Use the Bible as the final authority. Teach them that Mom and Dad are also under this authority.
    1. Ask: What does the Bible say about this?
    2. Be sure to point out worldly wisdom, false teachings, and false religions.
  3. Teach that biblical truth is applicable to every part of daily life.
    1. Assist them to see their own feelings, words, and actions under the guidance of the Bible.
    2. Point out the natural consequences of right and wrong in any given situation. Reinforce man’s sin problem and God as the only hope.
  4. Do not shy away from teaching doctrine to children.
    1. Doctrine is what we believe about God is foundational to a proper Biblical worldview.
    2. Words such as sin, grace, mercy, sacrifice should be defined based on Biblical explanation.
  5. Teach our children the life changing power of the Gospel.
    1. Reinforce the word of God is living and powerful and relevant to today’s world. It is meant to show man His need for God and salvation.
    2. Instruct them it is God through the power of the Holy Spirit who saves and brings people to repentance.
    3. Don’t just say it with words. Live it out loud. Show them how to spread the gospel as a family.

Benefits of Teaching Our Children a Biblical Worldview

“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your
precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your
statutes! Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your
commandments. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your
righteous rules.”

Psalm 119:1-7

The outcome of teaching our children a Biblical Worldview is that they are “blessed by God.” Blessed is also translated as happy. They are happy in the Lord. And, the benefits don’t stop there. This Psalm mentions several more.

  • Their way is blameless.
  • They do no wrong.
  • They will not be put to shame.
  • They can praise God with an upright heart.
  • They learn his righteous rules.

What more could we want for our kids than to be known and loved by God? To know that He is blessing them because He is pleased by their commitment to walk in the truth of what His word says.

Where to Start?

The Biblical worldview is only possible if the Bible is front and center in your home. The very first step is to pray that God would give you a desire to read, know, and live out His word so that your children see you in action.

Beyond that, here are some practical ways to get started:

  • Have a daily family worship time where you read from the Bible. (Not a devotional or book but the Word.)
  • Teach them to study the Bible for themselves.
  • Challenge them to memorize Bible verses.
  • Flood their minds with scripture. (Books, songs, tv, hang it on your walls, etc.)
  • Find some resources that help you discuss doctrine and theology on their level. (I have some listed below.)
  • Remember the section on “how to teach your children a Biblical worldview” above and start asking good questions and filtering life through the lens of Scripture.

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