Doing theology with our children

We read bible stories and use felt boards with our children when they are young. They learn of the Heroes of the Faith in Sunday School for years and years. We may even teach them how to share the gospel. But do we do theology with our children?

are you doing theology with your children?

What is theology and why is it important?

Theology means the study of God. It is a rigorous and academic discipline of the Christian faith. So why in the world am I talking about it in regards to children?

Simple: if we don’t teach our children how to study and learn the theology of God and the Christian faith, we are not fully preparing them to enter the adult world. Oh they may be academically ready to step into college classes, but are they equipped to stand firm on the Word of God without wavering? Are they firm in their faith and do they know why they believe what they believe? Do they understand the doctrines of the faith? Are they able to argue points of biblical interpretation?

So often our children are sent out into the world ill-prepared for rigorous theological discussions. When they come across strong debaters in academic arenas, they are often swayed because they are only filled with children’s stories.

How do we train our children in theology? Where would we start?

  • As much as possible, discuss biblical questions with your children, being willing to ask questions and not be afraid of the word theology!
  • Don’t focus on setting up a series of boundaries or restrictions, focus on really understanding the questions. Theology is more about seeking the biblical truth from the questions than it is about setting up the Dos and Don’ts of Christian belief.
  • There are numerous books on systematic theology that may or may not be helpful for your family.
  • Studying church history together to see what questions believers had throughout the generations is an excellent place to go.
  • Right now we are reading The Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee and discussing the theological concepts mentioned and the passages they come from.

So look at the full discipleship and equipping you are doing in your family and consider adding some training in theology with your children.


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11 Comments

  1. I agree! My girls are 7, 6, & 3, and we’ve found the book “Leading Little Ones to God” and the Firm Foundations curriculum to be so helpful in this area.

    Thank you for the wonderful post, and for hosting the link-up!

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    • Lisha, that is an excellent book!! I’m thrilled when other families are jumping in to teach their children scripture and a deep love for God.

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  2. Very good point, my friend! We want our children to know why they believe what they believe! They *have* to have that firm foundation!

    I’m so glad you sent an email out about your linky party. I linked up to a few ones yesterday but I am “out of the habit” of linking up since I haven’t really blogged much lately, lol! So I totally didn’t even think about it until I saw your email. Thanks for hosting!

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    • Nan, thanks for popping by today. I know what you mean about being out of the habit. One of my blogging goals is to get back to jumping in on my link ups. I’ve missed that a lot and the sweet fellowship with other bloggers!

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  3. I am still searching for the right books to walk through with my young children. I think I will try the one Lisha shared here. Thanks for sharing and hosting Kate.
    Happy New Year!

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    • Ugochi, yes, that would be a great one to use. I’m sure you’ll like it. Thanks for stopping by today and Happy New Year to you too!

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  4. It feels good to be back! I think we’ve done this without it being a formal study fairly well here. It’s part of our everyday conversation.

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    • HOORAY FOR TERRI!! I’ve been praying for you and your settling in time, although it sure looks like things are going really well.

      We’ve also never done any formal study. I believe that developing a natural conversational time at home to bring up and discuss all those questions is the easiest, and often best, way to develop a mind that searches for truth from the Word and for insights from other believers.

      Glad to see you back, darling!

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  5. Great insights, Kate! I think the teaching of theology is a vitally important part of parenting…a part, sadly, too many parents neglect. Thank you for the beautiful reminder and valuable tips to do it effectively! Bless you, friend!

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    • Thanks, Nancy…you are so right. Praying for you daily, my friend!

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  6. I did teach our children a good bit, but still wish we had done more. They have a good grounding, but looking back, I didn’t have as big a vision as I would like to have had. I am thankful we have a great God Who draws through His Holy Spirit. Praise God we don’t have to do it as a ‘works’ based thing, but totally fall upon His grace and leading.
    Thank you for a wonderful blog for us all!!

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