Family Study Time

Does your child have his or her bible lesson done this week? Are they prepared to discuss the Bible with their fellow students and teacher? Do you know?

Several years ago I received a troubling and revealing e-mail from one of our teachers.

It’s shocking to me that we will hammer down on our kids to make sure all homework is done on a nightly basis, then when it comes to Bible study lessons, we take a relaxed position or we expect the church to do this for us. Some of our parents don’t even make an effort to bring their kids to Bible class? A lot of our kids came to class with NO preparation.

This teacher’s observations aren’t all that shocking. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that children fail to have their bible lessons done, when many times their parents either don’t attend class or aren’t prepared for class themselves.

We need to live as 2 Timothy 2:15 lives! “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” We also need to help our children live as 2 Timothy 2:15 lives. Can we truly say we are doing our best?

It is not the church’s responsibility to raise children “in the Lord.” Paul wrote, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4). Parents cannot put off their parental obligations onto the church nor can the church assume those obligations. Family obligations must remain within the family (1 Tim. 5:16). The church has done its part. The children’s classes have good material provided. If your child is between the ages of two years old to sixth grade, then he or she not only has a book that provides material for class but a daily bible reading for home as well.

Parents . . . family study time can’t be easier than it is for you. The curriculum has those passages built in and divided by days for you to study with your children.

This year we are going one step further to assist East Shelby families. On the back page of the bulletin, you will find those daily bible readings listed with the days they should be assigned to in order to stay on schedule. You will also find the memory verse for the week listed.

One important point to understand is that the passages listed and the memory verse are for Level 4 students which is studied currently by our fifth and sixth grade students. If your students are in a lower level, simply look in the front of their book and follow their schedule.

As a father, I understand how difficult it is to study with your family. Our family struggles with this, too. Practices, rehearsals, school functions, appointments, business matters, etc., all get in the way. But we are talking about the soul of our children. What’s more important?

Are you doing your best to present your child as an approved worker before God? Let’s all be diligent in raising our children in the Lord’s instruction.