We were reminded this past Sunday as we preached through Judges 17-18 of the high calling that parenthood is. Just as we saw with Moses and his family, we cannot assume the faith of our children just because they're a part of a believing family. Yet for many parents, teaching our kids about Jesus and his gospel can be daunting. So we wanted to share resources we've found helpful and gospel-centered for helping to teach our kids about Jesus, the Bible, theology, and the gospel.
In order to teach our kids about Jesus, we need to know and love him ourself! So we need to be in the Word, hearing our pastors' preaching, and in Christian community that points us to Jesus. For our family, having these resources scattered throughout the main rooms in our house makes it really easy to both spontaneously and intentionally talk about Jesus throughout the day. Don't be intimidated by the length of this list, I intentionally made it extensive because different resources will fit with different families, children, ages, etc. Just start with a few resources that will work for the life-stage of your family. A great first step is an age-appropriate Bible for your kids. With all that being said, here are some resources we love!
- The Ology by Marty Machowski - teaches theology (who God is and how we relate to him)
- First Bible Basics: A Counting Primer by Danielle Hitchen
- The Biggest Story ABCs by Kevin DeYoung
- The Garden, The Curtain, and the Cross by Alison Mitchell
- The One O’clock Miracle by Alison Mitchell
- The Storm that Stopped by Alison Mitchell
- God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell
- Give them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick*
- Show them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower
- Gospel-powered Parenting by William P Farley
- Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family by Paul David Tripp
- The Ology - songs that teach theology. It goes along with the book with the same title.
- Seeds Family Worship - for scripture memory
- The Jesus Storybook Bible Audio
- The Biggest Story Audio
- The Rizers - for scripture memory
- Buck Denver asks…What’s In the Bible? - these are so fun! They are by Phil Vischer who also made Veggie Tales. They have the same silliness and memorable songs as Veggie Tales but they are really gospel-centered. The series goes through the whole Bible and shows how each part of the Bible fits into the overarching storyline of scripture and also how each part points to Jesus.
- The Biggest Story (animated)
- Bible App for Kids by Life.Church - It's free! It's a kids Bible app that reads the story to the kids with interactive, animated pictures. It's the kid version of the youversion adult Bible app.
- Risen Motherhood - They have a blog, a podcast, a website, and they post on social media. They have been really encouraging to me because they point to the good news of Jesus in the midst of mothering. Their website lists a even more resources on this topic and motherhood in general.
- Jesus is Better: Bible Stories with Gospel Joy - This podcast is working its way through the Old Testament by teaching through passages and explaining how Jesus is the better Moses, Joshua, Judge, King, etc.
- ABC’s of Doctrinal terms - Beautifully designed flashcards that expose kids to important doctrinal vocabulary with the word's definition and a related Bible verse.
- Abide Kids Bible Study Method - (FREE DOWNLOAD)
Hopefully these resources give help and support to those who're looking for it, especially for parents of elementary age children and younger. On top of actual resources, your care and parenting are priceless. Demonstrate an importance of gathering regularly with the church in big and small ways. Be present, ask your children questions, and help them see the gospel demonstrated in real life (creation, relationship, family, etc.). Pray with your kids, repent in front of them when you're wrong, remind them of their identities in Christ and need for him, and share with them what you are learning.
“There is nothing more important to consistent, faithful, patient, loving, and effective parenting than to understand what God has given you in the grace of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
― Paul David Tripp, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family
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AMY PETERSON/GUEST WRITER