The Bible educates – because God is a Father with a heart to teach and impart wisdom to His children. The book of Proverbs implores us to get wisdom and gain knowledge, and 2 Timothy 3.16 states that “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”
Among many other things, scripture as a whole teaches us about The Lord, His creation, His love and His redemptive power through Jesus Christ. Engaging with God’s Word forms a human basis for this teaching and learning, both intellectually and experientially. And it is character that God is most interested in – for stewardship of His world and for demonstrating the signs of His coming kingdom. Therefore, the primary purpose of this life of learning and discipleship is to grow in the knowledge and likeness of Christ – to become more like Jesus. We are all made in God’s image, and because children are a blessing and “a heritage from the Lord” (Psalm 127.3), Christian parents have a special privilege and responsibility of co-educating them with God – and within the community of God’s people.
From the earliest days of your child’s life, you are teaching him or her about the things, attitudes and practices you value through the activities you do together, the behaviours you praise and the way you interact with others. As a Christian
you will also be teaching and modelling Christian virtues and commandments, as instructed in the book of Deuteronomy: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 6.6-7). Parents are instructed to “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22.6).