It Starts Early
Kids can learn theology very, very early predominantly because they are hearing it from their parents and they are actually watching their parents live it out. Those are the two main ways they learn theology from the beginning of their life. That’s really good and really important. The reality is too, the church is coming alongside the kids. They’re hearing it from the pulpit, they’re also hearing it in their Sunday schools, they’re hearing it from their teachers.
Kids have this wonderful ability to take in a lot of information. Adults can come in and help them process it, put it in appropriate categories, conceptualize it, and to understand it. So kids are taking in all this information, but the step towards actually putting it all together is going to take some time.
From Head to Heart and Hands
We should see kids and their relationships to theology as a progression. We should want to be filling them with a lot of information and a lot of content. We want to have the Bible before them consistently, to be reading it with them.
Kids can learn theology very, very early predominantly because they are hearing it from their parents and they are actually watching their parents live it out.
But some of the best places where kids learn theology is as they begin to take all of that information that they’ve been exposed to and they begin to process it and ask questions. That’s where I’ve seen growth in my own kids lives and hearts. That’s where learning really really takes off, going from having data points to them asking the important question How does this work?
J. Ryan Lister is the author of Emblems of the Infinite King: Enter the Knowledge of the Living God.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see growth right away. It might take months and it might even take years, but keep being faithful to your calling as parents.
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