The Wealthy Theology of Hymns
Earlier than our daughter was born, my husband and I made a protracted record of musts and nevers like several formidable dad or mum. As you may think about, most of these fell by the wayside within the days and months after she was born, however one custom was born from that record that has become one among my favourite parenting victories. We vowed to show our youngsters basic hymns. We rigorously picked out which track can be our daughters bedtime hymn and faithfully taught it to her as we sang it to her day after day. Shes three now and will sing you the entire phrases to a few of our favourite hymns together with Come Thou Fount of Each Blessing, It Is Nicely With My Soul, and There Is a Fountain Crammed With Blood.
What we thought was merely an effort to maintain our residence freed from bubbly childrens songs become among the finest selections we made as younger dad and mom. We didnt fairly perceive how moldable our daughter can be or how simply she would soak up the phrases she heard repeated day in and day trip. We didnt sit down and pore over well-thought-out classes to show her every phrase, we simply sang her easy songs that had been pricey to our personal hearts and the phrases rooted themselves deep in her little coronary heart. As shes gotten older, educating her Scripture has taken extra intentionality than simply singing hymns at bedtime, however she nonetheless amazes us each day with how simply she soaks in each phrase. Youngsters so simply keep in mind the phrases to their favourite books, the strains to their favourite songs, and the phrases we repeat day in and day trip. Why shouldnt additionally they soak within the huge theological phrases of Scripture simply as simply?
Dont Water It Down
Its tempting to water down the language and truths we share with our youngsters or to even wait till they’re older to introduce huge phrases of theology. However the actuality is that even when they dont absolutely perceive now, they’re able to simply remembering the phrases they hear time and again, irrespective of how huge they’re. Our daughter memorizing hymns is such an ideal instance of this. Does our three-year-old know what Ebenezer, property, or ransom imply? No, after all not. However sometime she is going to. And when she does, the phrases which have flowed by means of her little thoughts by way of hymns and Scripture reminiscence will start to make sense and can remind her of the wealthy truths of the gospel.
Whether or not you’re educating your youngster hymns, catechisms, or Scripture, dont maintain again out of worry that they wont perceive. Feed them the fullness of the gospel and the massive phrases of theology. Assist them memorize lengthy passages of Scripture and verses with phrases like atonement, justification, and sanctification. Allow them to develop into understanding the massive truths of Scripture by constructing a basis that may form and information them as they be taught and perceive the massive phrases and the massive theology of the gospel.
Dont Overcomplicate It
Whereas this may all sound intimidating to the common mother or dad, educating our youngsters theology doesnt should be difficult. You dont want a seminary diploma or educating credentials to show your youngsters about Gods phrase. You dont want elaborate lesson plans full with a snack, craft, and sensible software. Whereas all of these are nice, you may simply weave theology into your day-to-day lives with a couple of easy changes. Lets have a look at three easy and sensible methods to begin educating your youngsters theology right this moment.
1. Memorize Scripture
The best solution to start educating your youngsters about theology is to easily memorize Scripture collectively. Whereas there are infinite quantities of gorgeous Scripture reminiscence playing cards that you could buy on-line if you need, all you actually need is your Bible. Begin simpletalk by means of a verse collectively at every meal and repeat it at each meal collectively till they’ve it memorized. Does your youngster battle with worry? Memorize psalms about trusting in God. Is your youngster studying to hope on their very own? Work by means of the Lords Prayer collectively. Memorize verses with huge phrases and large truths concerning the gospel, even when they dont perceive now, as a result of sometime they’ll and people phrases will likely be hidden of their hearts. Whether or not it takes them a day or every week to memorize every line, carry on repeating and reviewing and youll be serving to plant little seeds of fact deep of their hearts.
Dont maintain again out of worry that they wont perceive. Feed them the fullness of the gospel and the massive phrases of theology.
2. Take heed to Good Music
One other easy solution to introduce classes in theology into your every day life is thru the music you hearken to. Whether or not you select basic hymns or theologically sound childrens music, its no secret that lyrics simply persist with us lengthy after we flip off the music. Whereas even the perfect hymns won’t ever change Scripture, there are wealthy, gospel truths superbly woven into the lyrics that foster significant conversations as our little ones develop to know the phrases. Sick always remember the day my husband began educating our daughter the outdated hymn, There Is a Fountain Crammed With Blood. I used to be minding my very own enterprise when she got here working into the room and proudly introduced to me, Theres a fountain full of blood, mama! As you may think about, I nearly spit my espresso all over the place half in shock and half laughing. She has no concept how stunning that fact is, however in time she is going to. As a substitute of taking part in that soundtrack for the seventeenth time, select a playlist of songs full of wealthy Scripture fact a couple of instances every week. A few of our favorites are Getty Music, Chris Rices Peace Like a River album, each of J. J. Hellers I Dream of You, and Ellie Holcombs Sing: Creation Songs.
3. Learn Collectively
A closing solution to begin speaking about theology together with your youngsters is thru the books you learn collectively. We’re so blessed to reside in a time with so many various childrens sources filled with gospel fact being produced every year. From board books to image books to reference books, there are such a lot of theologically sound sources out there for all age ranges to begin speaking about theology together with your youngsters. Its probably you already spend time studying together with your youngsters, so add a couple of new books that introduce huge theological themes to your library, and start discussing huge truths with even your littlest family members.
If youre something like me, contemplating methods to show your youngsters theology is a reminder of your personal have to be taught extra theology. Dont be discouraged, pal. The truth is that you just want theology as a lot as your youngsters do, and educating them teaches you. Dont shrink back from the massive matters and phrases of theology, even when you dont absolutely perceive them. As your baby asks questions, discover solutions collectively. Memorize Scripture collectively, be taught new hymns collectively, learn new books collectively. Our job as dad and mom is to not know every part, however to steer our youngsters to Jesus as we observe carefully after Him.
Jessica Robyn Provencher is co-author, with Devon Provencher, of God, Jesus, and The Gospel.