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How Young Is Too Young to Teach Your Children Doctrine?

If the world around us understands and practices this principle, we as parents and those who work with children can’t afford to miss it! We must invest much into the little ones.

William Ross Wallace—“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the word.”

You can never get too early of a start on influencing your children biblically. We’ve all heard of the positive effects of mothers who read to their children in the womb, and we’ve also heard of the negative affects of parents who fight and argue during that same timeframe when mom is pregnant. The point being made is simple—children begin developing in more ways than we know earlier than we think.

This would include what our children grow up to believe concerning doctrine. Doctrine is important, and first impressions at a young age can cement biblical truth in their hearts for life. Set some goals for your family or ministry of what doctrines you’d like your children to know by a certain age. For example:

By the time my child is 4, I want them to know that…

• God made all things

• Jesus is God’s Son

• The Bible is God’s Word

• Jesus is the only way to be saved from sin, etc.

Below is a free resource that you can use as a reference for your family or ministry of important truths and doctrines that preschoolers can understand and learn. You can click here to open and save this resource.

Doctrine matters … at any age. Start young. Because how true the statement is … “The early bird gets the worm.” No one gets an earlier chance to influence and captivate the hearts of kids than their parents. Mom and Dad, don’t waste that precious opportunity. Start teaching and training your children biblically, no matter how young they are.

What are some practical ways that you could start this week making spiritual, and even doctrinal, investments into the lives of your young ones?  

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Andrew is a husband, the father of four awesome kids, and a children's pastor at a thriving church. He is passionate about intentional parenting and helping other parents and leaders effectively reach the next generation. He blogs about kids and family at https://godlyparent.com/, and provides proven resources for VBS and children's ministry at KidzBlast.com.