When is the right time to start talking about the foundation of the Christian faith to your children? When I say “foundation,” I am not talking about the Bible stories found in the Old Testament. Are those stories good to know? Yes, but they are not the foundation of the Christian faith. They are part of the Christian religion, but if some random stranger came to me and asked me “What is the foundation of your faith?” I would not say any of those iconic Bible stories like Daniel v. Lions or David v. Goliath. Those stories are great to know, but they are not the foundation of Christianity.
The foundation of Christianity is found in two sections of verses, John 3: 16 – 18 and 1 John 3:16 – 18
Those two sections of verses should be the starting points with our children about the Christian faith.
Many studies confirm that children begin absorbing values and beliefs as soon as they can understand language. Conventional wisdom reminds us that children are sponges, absorbing everything in their environment, whether we want them to or not.1
Children will absorb everything you give them. So the question you need to ask is, “What are my children absorbing about Christianity?”
If you give them Noah and the Flood, it is good, but it is nowhere near the Resurrection.
Honor your Mother and Father is good, but it is nowhere near love in action.
Teach your children as soon as possible about the resurrection and loving others. Do not worry about how many rocks it took David to knock down Goliath or knowing all the apostles name, worry about teaching the foundation of the Christian faith.
Barna, George (2010-09-01). Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions (Kindle Locations 661-662). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition. ↩