Education Begins at Home
In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, the Lord said, “These words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
In our society youngsters are often educated outside of the home. We send our children away to learn from people that we think are better teachers than ourselves. Unfortunately, that sentiment has bled into the church. If we want to teach our children about God, we send them to Sunday School. When they outgrow Sunday School, we send them to Youth Group or Bible Study, as though that alone will suffice. But is that really all God requires of parents? In Ephesians 6:4 the Apostle Paul said, “raise up your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” In saying this, it was not Sunday School that Paul had in mind. The command to “raise up” is directed toward “parents” and it’s specifically said in relation to “your [own] children.”
Learning Little Ones is a new resource seeking to assist both teachers and parents in raising up their little ones to learn and love the truths that will shape their lives. Proverbs 22:6 says that if we, “train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” This task is God-ordained and the responsibility primarily rests on parents at home. This is an every day thing, not merely a Sunday School thing. The instruction God gave the Israelites in Deuteronomy 11:19 is no less important today. “You shall teach My Words to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” This is a high calling, not a burden. As John Chrysostom said, “Higher than every painter, higher than every sculptor and than all artists do I regard him who is skilled in the art of forming the soul of children.”
What Do We Believe?
We believe in the truth of the Scripture summarised in the Westminster Confession of Faith, or in short, “that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4 ESV)