Now that we have given the academic study of the Bible a thorough glossing over it is imperative that we don’t forget to address the heart as well. In reading Chapter 10, “Discipleship Studies Methods: The Study of the Bible” from Clay and Sally Clarkson’s Educating the Whole Hearted Child, we talked not only about teaching our kids the basics of Bible doctrine and stories but also about finding that balance between the rules and the stories. It does our children no good if they think that Christianity is merely a set of rules to live by nor can we successfully teach them by only highlighting feel good stories and neglecting to give them guidelines to live by.
So how do we help Bible learning time to go beyond an academic subject and become a matter of the heart that relies on real faith and a relationship with Jesus? Here are the few suggestions that we gleaned at our little gathering. (Please share your ideas with the group here too!)
- Do devotions as a family at meal time or bedtime. We can devote ourselves to reading and studying God’s word and praying both during our structured school day and at other times too.
- Live your life expecting your children to learn from your own excitement and passion about your faith. Share faith stories, let your kids see you having your private Bible reading times. Model your faith day by day and side by side.
- Remember that Christian books and activities don’t make a home “Christian”.
- Serve together. Serve intentionally. Some ways that you can serve is to write letters to family, friends or missionaries, shovel snow, bring food to a neighbour, sort at a clothing exchange or food bank, collect food or money for the same, create a garden of blessing, the produce of which is given to members of the community that need it.
I look forward to hearing your suggestions!
Well, I thought I could summarize our last meeting in just one or two postings. I guess that we really did cover a lot. And now I am racing to get through the reading for the next meeting. Read ahead with me: the next meeting of our little groups will focus on chapters 3 and 4: “Home Nurture” and “Home Discipleship” as well as the first part of chapter 11 on “Language Arts”. What I’ve read so far has already given me a lot to think on.
Also, look for a new meeting and reading schedule to be posted soon as we are fortunate to add another group to the mix. Corinna Duguay has been kind enough to offer her home as another meeting place on alternate Thursdays to house those who couldn’t make it to Bradford or who find
Are you interested in taking this virtual group and bringing it alive in your home with some like minded homeschoolers and a good book? I’d be happy to help you to set up your own meetings starting with the same reading list and a similar schedule to our own. Please let me know if I can be of some help. Support is so essential in this line of work whether it be virtual gatherings like this or real life meet ups for some “professional development”.