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Wife, Mom, Tutor…. Theologian?

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I suppose “Amateur Theologian” is a not so bad a label, but when my brother said it, he meant it mockingly. It meant, “Oh, don’t tell me you’re agreeing with Laura just because what she says sounds theological. She’s an Amateur Theologian. Leave it up to the professionals.”

But, I have a word of encouragement for moms who may feel as though the Theology Train has passed them by:  Don’t summarily hand the teaching of doctrine over to the professionals.

If you are believers and you hold to the Scriptures alone as your source for Truth about God and salvation, you and your husband are the most influential teachers your children will have. And this goes beyond the lovely nugget of truth that Children Learn What They Live.  They need to know WHY you live the way you do, and when you can consistently turn them back to the Scriptures for your answers, they will learn that you hold the Word of God in high esteem, that you believe it is the foundation, the starting point and the ending point for all discussions and queries and quagmires in life. When you encourage them to read and memorize the Scriptures and show them how, you give them the tools they need to make His Word a living instructor in their hearts. And when you supplement with solid, teachable resources, such as a children’s catechism or Bible story book — and explain to them why you picked that source — you develop in them discernment in using the gifts the Lord has provided His church over the generations. And finally, as my husband and I came to discover just recently, when you consistently and diligently place your children under faithful and biblical presentation of the Gospel, you won’t miss out on the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to use that preaching to regenerate their hearts.

Tim Challies pointed to a piece he tagged as Theology Mom, called 5 Things My Mom Taught Me About Theology — What That Means For Your Kid, by Derek Rishmawy. It’s a solid exhortation to boldly tackle foundational theology in your parenting, and I recommend the whole article, but if you just want a summary, here’s the upshot:


If you feel overwhelmed by the idea of being responsible for the spiritual well-being of your child hear me say three words of encouragement:
  1. First, good for you–it is a big deal and from my experience in student ministries not enough parents care about it beyond wondering why we haven’t speed-sanctified their child for them. A little urgency isn’t a bad thing.
  2. Second, calm down–you are not responsible for converting them, as that is work of the Holy Spirit, but pointing them to Christ. Too much urgency will make you crazy.
  3. Third, take heart–you are not alone in this. You have the promise of Jesus that he will be with you until the end of the age as you go out to fulfill the Great Commission even unto the ends of your own backyard. (Matt 28)

(HT: 5 Things My Mom Taught Me About Theology — What That Means For Your Kid.)





Written by mrsdkmiller

March 28, 2013 at 9:10 am

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  1. Amen! Awesome post!



    March 28, 2013 at 10:50 pm

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