Our Children have a Worldview—What will it be?

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Here is a great observation from Pastor Tullian Tchividjian:

The late Francis Schaeffer maintained that the Bible is not simply a set of timeless truths but is itself total truth. What did he mean? He said, “Biblical Christianity is not simply a series of truths in the plural, but rather truth spelled with a capital ‘T’—Truth about total reality, not just about religious things.” In other words, the Bible is not simply a manual for understanding things of a spiritual nature. It’s earthier than that. It provides us with a comprehensive framework for understanding all of reality. It presents an entire worldview, a complete perspective on all of life.

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As parents and teachers we sometimes tend to focus almost exclusively on things of a “religious” nature, and not on those “earthier” things—things like sports, friends, school, entertainment, the environment, politics, or… Halloween.  Are we training and encouraging our children to see and interpret those realities within the framework of biblical truth?

A biblical worldview sees and interprets all of life through the truth of Scripture.

Here are a few essentials building blocks for helping our children develop a biblical worldview in every aspect of life:

Teach our children…

  • that God is the source of all truth and that His Word, the Bible, is truth (Proverbs 30:5, Isaiah 40:8; 45:19, John 17:17, 2 Timothy 3:16).
  • a biblical understanding of God’s nature and character ((Isaiah 44:24; 45:7; 46:9-11, Romans 11:33-36, 1 Timothy 6:15-16).
  • that Biblical truth is relevant to everything in life (Colossians 1:15-19, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Corinthians 10:31).
  • to evaluate all things through the truth of Scripture: biblical discernment (Romans 12:1-2, Colossians 2:8, Hebrews 5:14).
  • the enlightening and transforming truth of the Gospel (John 14:6, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 2:1-10, 2 Thessalonians 2:13).
  • that  biblical worldview is meant to point them to true, lasting joy (Psalm 16:11; 19:7-11; 119:24, 43, Proverbs 22:17-18, Jeremiah 15:16, John 8:31-32).
  • to boldly proclaim God’s truth in a spirit of humility (Colossians 4:6, Ephesians 4:29, 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 2:1-5).
  • to expect opposition and to be prepared to stand firm (Matthew 5:11, John 15:18, Philippians 2:15, Ephesians 6:10-18).

For further explanation of each point with some practical examples you can download this handout from the seminar “Helping Children Develop a Biblical Worldview.”

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Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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