The Lost Art Of Passing Down Our Faith

There is a lost art of passing down our faith to the next generation. Each generation has become more spiritually illiterate than the previous generation. How can our faith be passed down?

The Lost Art Of Passing Down Our Faith

The Shema | Deuteronomy 6:4-9 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

I remember when I was young, we would always have “Talk Time With Daddy,” right before going to bed. During this time he would read and tell us Bible stories, play games, and memorize scripture.

When my brother and I were 3 years old, my dad had us memorize 26 verses that went along with the alphabet. Let’s see if I can remember (I promise I am not cheating right now).

A – All we like sheep were gone astray – Isaiah 53:6
B – Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved – Acts 16:31
C – Children Obey your parents in the Lord for this is right – Ephesians 6:1

You get the picture. Till this day I still remember most of these verses and more.

Our nation is struggling with mass Biblical illiteracy. And parents are to blame. We have failed to take our faith and pass it down to our children.

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I love the story of the Welsh Revival (1901-4). God greatly moved through the country of Wales and hundreds and thousands of people came to Christ over these few years.

Now just a little over 100 years later, it is hard to find churches. How come? I suspect that they never passed down their faith to their children.

In Deuteronomy 6:4-9, which is called the Shema, the children of Israel are told to pass down their faith to their faith.

How are we suppose to pass down our faith? 

We do so by talking about scripture in every part of their life.

Talk about them when you sit at home
Have faith conversations with your children/teens. Talk about life, culture, friends, relationships, and faith. Bring the discussions back to scripture. Pray with your children about everything.

When you walk along the road,
For us that means having conversations in the car ride to school or coming back from church.

I remember when my father was a pastor, every Sunday on our way home he would ask us questions about the message. If we got the answers right we could get dessert (I do not remember ever not getting it because I missed a question). It taught my brother and I to pay more attention in the service.

When you lie down
My wife and I sing songs with our boys when we out them to bed at night. We also pray with them. As time goes on this will morph into talk time with daddy and we will continue memorizing scripture, reading the bible and more. Just like what my father did with me.

One of the things my dad did was to teach us some of the old hymns. These songs have kept me going through some of the toughest times in my life.

My son has become so used to singing 2 of these songs hat he always mixes them together in a medley. You can never sing one song without the other. We start off singing Jesus Loves Me and conclude with the song, God is So Good.

When you get up.
Teach them to read their Bible. Have conversations with them over breakfast. The point is to always be talking and bringing scripture in your conversations.

Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

My wife and I have been invited over to my executive pastor’s house on several occasions. On their walls are written scripture verses. They use these to teach the verses to their children.

A few years ago, my wife and I read Cheaper By the Dozen (SOOO GOOD! Very Funny). In that book the father places Morse Code throughout the whole house. His children memorized the code in a matter of weeks.

Imagine if our children could memorize scripture like that.

Our mission as parents is to pass down our faith to our children.

What is your biggest struggle with passing on your faith?

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Comments 5

  1. Jeremy ~ I appreciate your post so much. Thank you for sharing the importance of teaching Scripture to our children. My youngest is 14, but this still inspires me to keep sharing the Word, for it’s “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Heb. 4:12). Blessings to you in Christ.

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      Thank you for your kind words. I have a 2 year old and 1 year old with one on the way. We have seen God use songs, and stories in the life of our 2 year old to mold his heart to Christ. As a student pastor, I have seen many fall away from God because of the lack of spiritual instruction at home. Thank you for being bold and teaching your children God’s powerful Word!

      I am working on a resource right now on the important conversations to have with your child before they graduate. Hopefully it will be a help to many.

      1. You’re welcome. And may the Holy Spirit lead you as you work on your resource for parents, which sounds very valuable. I’m writing a Bible study for moms and mentors to use with their daughters, whether children by birth or daughters in the faith. Equipping the next generation with God’s Word is critical. May God encourage and strengthen you in ministry. Blessings in Christ to your family.

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  3. This is a great topic. I’ve heard the passing of faith explained in a way that each generation gets cooler and colder. Our grandparents were hot in their faith, our parents Luke warm and our generation cold. We can reverse that by passing our faith down to our children like you explained and eventually our grandchildren could be nuclear when it comes to faith, unleashing their full potential. We do this by instilling values and character traits. You said your father started early with you. How early. What would I do with my two year old and where could I find resources like your fathers alphabet?

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