Passing on the Faith
- Living by faith is easier said than done. Teaching faith to our children is even harder.
In Romans 10:9-10
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord
and believe in your heart that God raised him
from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For it is by believing in your heart that you
are made right with God,
and it is by openly declaring your faith
that you are saved.
We are given words of faith to help us understand what we need to do to be saved.
- Declare that Jesus is Lord in our life
- Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead
- Trust in our heart that we are now right with God
- Declare our relationship with Jesus
- Believe that we are saved
Declare that Jesus is Lord
We need to share our relationship with Jesus. Tell the people around us about Jesus, especially our children. Saying that He came to earth to take away our sins. We are to model our life after His. Show the children and others how to reach out in love to others by being a good example. When you speak use kind words. If you have to correct your child use a soft voice and explain why you want them to do something in a certain way. When our girls wanted something form the store and I couldn’t get it I explained that I didn’t have enough money for that today. By being honest and explaining your reason others will be more accepting.
Encourage children and friends to read the Bible in several different versions. Also, to read commentaries, that explain the history and words of the passage.
Believe that God raised Jesus from the dead
This can only be done by faith. Our minds find this hard to comprehend. How can you die and come back again? We have to put out trust in the Word of God. Jesus’ death and resurrection are taught in the Bible. Read the story of his resurrection in the different Gospels. Each writer tells the story differently, from his own perspective. You can read their versions in Matthew 28: 1-8, Mark 16:1-8, Luke 24: 1-12, and John20:1-13. Share these different versions so that the children can have a better understanding. We all learn differently and by reading the story in a different way we may learn it better.
Believe in our heart that we are now right with God.
The Bible tells us that Jesus took our sins away. We are now pure and may come before God. This is a very personal belief, which can be tested daily. I have to stop myself from saying something I shouldn’t when a driver cuts me off is one example. Another would be
to reach for a piece of food I don’t need. That’s when I tell the Devil to go away and leave me alone.
On a frustrating day, we can feel God isn’t there or that we are not good enough to come to him in prayer. Tell your children that He has already taken away our sins, past, present, and future. We have to believe and accept that by faith we are a child of God.
Believe That We Are Saved.
we can go to heaven to be with God when we die because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This gift is beyond human comprehension. I know I have felt like I am unworthy many times. When I struggle with this, I pray asking for help. “Please, Father, let me feel your love, warmth and mercy. To know the peace that passes all understanding.”
Talk with your children.
Share your ups and downs. In this way, they will understand that it is okay to make mistakes. One day I yelled at one of our daughters. What she had done wasn’t wrong. I apologized and told her I was having a bad day. That it was my fault.
Tell the children that they are already forgiven they just have to accept the gift of forgiveness. Talk with them about their questions as they grow on their faith journey.
Once you’ve read the story of the resurrection talk with your kids about their interpretation. Give me their responses in the blog. I love to hear children tell the story in their words.
 The New King James Version. (1982). (Ro 10:8–10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.