My daughter Rebekah is launching out into the world this year. At 19, she graduated from high school last spring and is starting a two year culinary internship to become a sous chef. As I see my children growing up, I ask myself as a parent, Am I Teaching My Children the Foundations of Our Faith?
If you’ll allow me a mom-brag moment, I’m so proud of this young woman. Her two year internship is at the Bronco’s Sports Authority Mile High Stadium. In these last months I’ve seen her courageously navigate job interviews, the Light Rail, school projects, and more. She jumped right into real world life.
When we are parents of little ones, the days are long but the years are short.
The days are long but the years are short.
Am I Teaching My Children the Foundations of Our Faith?
Are we doing enough to teach our children the foundations of their faith?
When the time comes for our children to make their own way in the world, will they have the necessary foundation to keep and hold faith in God as their own?
I discovered a resource I want to share with you as a tool for your whole family. It’s called Foundations of Faith by Kim Sorgius. This study is a brand new one she has written.
I originally found Kim’s materials this summer when I was researching a way to study obedience in a Biblical way with my kids. As I’ve written about before, this summer was a challenging one for us. I used Kim’s study, Because I Said So…a biblical study of obedience with my younger boys. (See pictures of that below.)
I have not yet gone through this study with my family since it’s brand new, but I have already downloaded it. I was impressed with the depth of the study. This study tackles the tough topics: Creation, Sanctity of Life, Purity, Holidays, Marriage. The study starts with a Biblical foundation of who God is and what is our relationship to Him.
In other words:
- Who is God (Basics of What We Believe)
- Creation (Creation and Evolution)
- Sanctity of Life (Pro-Life and Abortion)
- Purity (Modesty and Media)
- Marriage (Marriage and Homosexuality)
- Holidays (Halloween, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy)
The study lists tons of scripture references that the children look up and write answers to questions. The parent guide also has many scripture references for us to consider, as well as lists in each topic section of books for further reading.
The study does NOT give what each family should or should not believe. There are blank lined sections where each family can write about their own personal beliefs. There is also a section about Christian Liberty and discussion of handling situations with non-Christian friends.
I also really like that there is both a Junior and a Youth Notebook included so you can choose which one is best for your child’s ability.
I highly recommend this resource. The study comes from the assumption that you and your family are Christian. This is not for the non-Christian family.
Within that, even though the study says it is neutral about topics and families decide their belief system, I still felt it was a little biased about some topics based on the discussion questions. I think both this study and the Obedience study, while good, are more heavy-handed and less on the side of grace, so I need to consider that when guiding my children.
For example, our family celebrates Halloween. I thought it was pretty obvious from the discussion questions in this study that the author doesn’t. Some sample questions under “Holidays”:
- Which holidays do we abstain from and why?
- Does this holiday promote false doctrine or immorality?
- Will the holiday detract from our witness?
Still, overall there’s so much great material in this program, I would not discourage using it. This is also a fantastic discussion starter, both between you and your spouse and a great way to talk to your children about these BIG topics.
This summer I used the Because I Said So… study with my boys.
If you are working with your children on obedience (and let’s face it, who isn’t!?), I recommended Because I Said So… We worked through 1-2 pages per day. I was impressed with the amount of material and the high quality.
You aren’t alone. Let’s support one another in raising our children to be people who serve God. So if you happen to be in Denver and go to a Broncos game, watch for a pretty girl serving gourmet food and give my daughter a word of encouragement!