How often do we talk to our children about God and His attributes? God's character is revealed throughout the Bible. The passages that specifically describe the attributes of God are fertile for discussion and for prompting searching questions. We should offer our children balanced teaching about the character of God. We could have a study on what God is like using the book Knowing God by J. I. Packer, a clear and easy read. We might read a chapter ourselves as a devotional at night, and the next day talk to our children about a particular attribute of God. Three or four weeks on God’s attributes would be a very profitable study for children. Children need to know who God is.
A helpful book for very young children is Tell Me about God by Susan Harding. This book can help us teach small children about the attributes of God. For a slightly older age level, I recommend Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. There are a few places in the book where we might have to put the author's thoughts into our own words, but, for the most part, the book contains very good material about God and how to communicate who He is to children.
- Teach Them: Who God Is and What He Is Like
- Teach Them: The Seriousness of Sin
- Teach Them: About Hell
- Teach Them: The Moral Law
- Teach Them: The Necessity of the New Birth
This excerpt is taken from Parenting By God's Promises by Joel Beeke.