A new year quickly approaches. The time many begin to start fresh. We make plans. We resolve to improve our lives and the life of our family in some way. So, since you are thinking that direction, I want to encourage you to get your children more active in spiritual activities. Specifically, I encourage you to get them involved with a group of children (youth) their age at a local congregation of God’s people.
Some time ago a study was conducted to determine what effect parents’ attendance in Bible School had on their children when those children became adults. I found the following statistics from that study in a church bulletin from Oklahoma.*
- When both parents are active in a Bible Class; 85% of their children were faithful as adults.
- When only one parent was active in a Bible Class; 26% of the children were faithful, 27% were sporadic in their faith, and 36% were unfaithful as adults.
- When both parents were not active in Bible Class; 67% of their children were unfaithful as adults.
These results are not shocking.
These results are not shocking. If Bible Classes and Bible study are not a point of emphasis in our homes, we cannot expect spiritual growth or continued faithfulness to Christ from our children.
As this year closes and a new one begins, I encourage parents to rededicate themselves to Bible Classes, worship, and Bible study. I encourage you to talk about the things of God “when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 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.” (Deuteronomy 6:7-9).
When our children see their parents treating the Bible as the most important book and subject on earth, they are more likely to develop a similar life focus.