The greatest resource that your child has for developing a biblical worldview outside of the Bible is you. Whether you like the idea or not, the fact remains that you are your child’s first teacher. When you think about that, it is an awesome responsibility…especially when you factor in your child’s soul.
So, as parents we need to be armed with resources that teach, encourage, and challenge us as we equip our children with the information they need to develop a biblical worldview.
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Resources to Help Kids Develop a Biblical Worldview
Without a doubt every single thing that your child reads or is introduced to should be measured against what the Bible says. It doesn’t matter what you or I think…it only matters what God’s Word has to say about the matter.
That is why I love everything from Answers in Genesis. All of the content is aligned with the Bible, not the other way around.
Unfortunately, so many people want to find scripture to support their actions instead of looking to the scriptures to see how they should act. Anyone can take scripture out of context and support their behaviors and actions.
But, the defining line is understanding scripture IN CONTEXT and seeing whether our actions align with what “thus saith the Lord.” This is one particular area that we as parents need to be diligent in explaining and modeling for our kids.
We used this curriculum in our homeschool last year and it was awesome!! Notice I did say that it was a curriculum because unlike a book, it includes a script for parents to use. This script helps you walk through answering those big questions in life.
I’ve been a Christian since I was 12 years old, and I’ve been blessed to have been in church for all of those years. Yet as my boys and I went through the Answers for Kids Bible Curriculum, there still were questions that I wouldn’t have known how to answer if it hadn’t been for the script.
As I mentioned before you have to be able to understand and answer these questions within the context of what the Bible says. And, that is exactly what this curriculum does.
This is definitely a curriculum that is intended for elementary-aged kids, but it is relevant for kids of every age as well as adults!
This is definitely a set of books designed for teens through adults. If you have a precocious middle schooler, they would be able to understand the content, but this is definitely an in depth set of books.
Each chapter answers a difficult question that Christians and non-Christians might ask. Some of the topics include questions about evolution, the flood, when life actually begins, cloning, global warming, as well as dinosaurs, carbon dating, and the age of the universe.
When I tell you these books answer over 90 specific questions, they don’t just cover the material superficially. Each of these books ranges from 350-400 pages, and they are an amazing resource for your family as you define your biblical worldview.
We have read some of the content as a family, but it is DEFINITELY a set we are reading together slowly so that my husband and I can explain what is meant by some of the more scientifically-focused vocabulary and definitions. But without a doubt, this is a set of books you will want to have in your home library.
And they have recently published the Answers Books for Kids. This is the equivalent of the books I mentioned above, but designed to help kids answer those same tough questions. The content is just as thorough, but on a level for kids 11 years old and younger that is developmentally appropriate.
This set covers more questions, 174 to be exact, than the original Answers Book Series, and the questions were submitted by kids. Many of the same overarching topics are present, but the specific questions vary including the creation, the fall of man, Satan and Angels, as well as the Ice Age.
If my boys were younger, I would have this set in our library.
This DVD series is designed for you to watch as a family, and it will help you build a solid foundation on the truths of the scripture. It is specifically geared toward teens and adults, but I believe that even elementary kids can gain some important insights.
Ken Ham, the man behind the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, is the presenter in these DVDs, and I was so fortunate to meet him and listen to his lectures last year at the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conference.
Truthfully, hearing him speak opened my eyes to the importance of building a biblical worldview for myself and by extension my kids. I realized that I needed to begin helping my boys, as well as the kids in our youth group, develop a biblical foundation of their own.
Research has shown that kids are making choices to leave the church long before they ever set foot into college. And this fact just reiterates the importance of starting TODAY!
We only have our kids for a short time at home, and that is why we spend the time we DO have wisely. We want to make sure that we help them build a biblical worldview starting with a solid foundation on God’s Word. These resources will equip you as a parent to teach your child in a way that would be pleasing to the Lord.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (KJV)
This doesn’t mean that your child won’t make some bad decisions in life. It’s simply a beautiful reminder that our kids will never be able to get away from the solid foundation and biblical worldview that we are helping them build now.