“And that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” -2 Timothy 3:15

This week my firstborn son turned 30. How can that possibly be?  Did I blink?

I can’t have a 30-year-old, I’m still 30? Right?

Celebrating Chase’s 30th birthday while he is living on the other side of the world in tiny little village in Loitoktiok, Kenya brought so many memories.

Chase, Brent, and Audrey at a Maasai church (Agape church) in Enkongu with a pastor student of Chase and Audrey’s, James Parnyombe.

I remember before he was born, rocking in his rocking chair holding a little children’s Bible storybook. As I rocked, I prayed with all my heart Jerry and I would give our child a love for God. More than anything I wanted my children to know who God is and to love Him with all their heart. To give God first place.

A few weeks after Chase’s birth, on my first Mother’s Day, we stood in church to dedicate Chase to God. With tears welling in my eyes, I silently prayed, “God I want to be like Hannah. I want to give you my son. Thank you for this precious gift. He is yours.”

“For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord…”-1 Samuel 1:27-28

Chase and Wycliffe at the PMI office in Nairobi, Kenya.

That was the cry of my heart but, how could this young mom and dad know how to raise a champion for God?

Only One Way.  God’s Word. The Bible.

In 2 Timothy 3:15 Paul writes to Timothy, …from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Timothy knew the sacred writings from childhood. The sacred writings give us the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

To raise champions for God we need to teach our children to read, know, and love God’s Word.

In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we see “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

God’s Word is inspired. It is God-breathed.

God has given us His Word to teach us so we can know the truth.  To show us when we are doing something wrong.  To correct what we are doing wrong.  To give us the right instruction so we can live right and have a right relationship with Him.God does this so we will be adequate, equipped for every good work.  It is God’s Word that will teach our children how to love God. To obey, learn to pray, and love others. To know the good news about Jesus Christ. To develop godly character. To give them the power and courage to stand in adversity. To teach them how to stay faithful when others quit and turn away.

Brent on a mission trip to Haiti.

My youngest son Brent did his first inductive Bible study at age 9, on the book of James, Boy, Have I Got Problems! One day, he overheard a conversation between his dad and me discussing a difficult situation. He came around the corner and said, “oh Mom, have you forgotten what you know?  James 1:2-4 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete lacking in nothing.” Then he said it again, “Mom have you forgotten what you know?”

Wow! I was stunned. Studying the book of James inductively had impacted his life. James is his favorite book in the Bible.  James 1:2-4 are his life verses.

The greatest gift you can give your children is to teach them to know and love God’s Word. To teach them the Bible, not just stories in the Bible.

To teach them inductively, to search and discover what the Bible says, so they can understand what it means, and how to apply it to their lives.

When kids see, touch, hear, and interact with the word of God for themselves it becomes theirs.

The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2

Chase on college trip at Kona Baridi in the Ngong Hills, it is an African Inland Church (A.I.C.)

So, WHY is my 30-year-old firstborn, Chase, living in a tiny little village in Loitokitok, Kenya? Because he fell in love with Jesus through God’s Word.

Because we “entrusted these things”. In his words …” to do the work God has called me to do…. to love radically, make disciples, do it every day, as a part of living and breathing.”

That’s raising a champion for God! It is not in us as parents, teachers, or Sunday School leaders. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is from falling in love with Jesus. It is the power of God from knowing who He is, from knowing God’s Word.

…..” from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Are you raising a champion for God?

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JANNA ARNDT

Janna Arndt, coauthor of the Discover 4 Yourself® series, is a Precept trainer who conducts workshops to help people use the interactive Discover 4 Yourself® Bible Studies in Sunday schools, homeschool environments, and Christian schools. Janna’s heart is for children to know and love God’s Word.

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