In days gone by, many grasped the importance of Biblical values in their lives. In our modern society, however, the Bible has diminished in many people’s perspectives. They just don’t feel it is essential to them. According to LifewayResearch.com, Americans have a positive view of the Bible. Many say the scriptures have moral lessons for today, but more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible.Here at The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we want everyone to understand how vital Biblical literacy is. The Bible is more than just an old book. It is God’s Word, and it is still the key to a life worth living. This month, we want to discuss the importance of teaching Biblical values.
The Importance of Teaching Biblical Values
No one should ever ignore or minimize the importance of teaching Biblical values to our children. The Bible is the prime resource for the next generation to find wisdom, honor, and integrity. There is nothing wrong with reading, studying, and learning from other good books. But, as the great preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, “Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.” Simply put, the Bible is God’s Word. It is God’s Word to you, personally. And it holds wisdom and direction for every situation you will ever face in your life.The Bible teaches character. It will show somebody how to live ethically, and how to maintain that uprightness throughout their life. As we mentioned last month, the Bible states in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” The Bible is the true roadmap for every person’s life. It will help you establish yourself. In Proverbs 24, the third verse reads, “Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established.” It will even help you get back on the right path when you’ve stumbled. Psalm 119:9 states, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.”In a culture and a society that changes like the ocean tides, we all need a solid foundation to stand on. We need a foundation that will hold steady like a boulder. That foundation is Jesus and the Bible. First Corinthians 3:11 states, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” That is why we must recognize the importance of teaching Biblical values to our children.
The Bible Helps Us to Be Good U.S. Citizens
The Bible will not only teach you character and integrity. It will help you to be a good citizen of the United States. In fact, this was an idea that the Founding Fathers had counted on. Founding father John Adams, our second President, once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” He also stated, “The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity.” The Bible teaches us to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind. It also teaches us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves (Luke 10:27). That command from Jesus can only help the United States. Can you imagine what our country would look like if we all lived this out? President Theodore Roosevelt understood that Biblical literacy was key for U.S. citizens. “It is necessary for the welfare of the nation that men’s lives be based on the principles of the Bible,” he said. “No man, educated or uneducated, can afford to be ignorant of the Bible.”
The Importance of Living Biblical Values
It is not enough just to teach Biblical values to our children; we must live out Biblical values every day. The word “hypocrisy” means to claim to have standards that our actual lives don’t reflect. It is the height of hypocrisy to encourage the importance of teaching Biblical values while not living them. Children do hear what you say, but they also see what you do. Watching you ignore the Bible in your own life will stress to them that it really isn’t that important. If you want your children to live Biblically, you have to live Biblically.How then do you live Biblically? You first have to know what the Bible says. This comes by reading and studying it for yourself every day. How did you pass that hard mathematics test when you were still in school? You studied, studied, and studied more. You then knew the subject matter and were able to use it. The same principle applies here. Study, study, and study more. Attend a good, Bible-believing church, and learn from the sermons, too. You can then take this knowledge and act on it. This is what God wants you to do. James 1:22 states, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Live the Bible. It will guide you through all of life’s troubles and help you help the next generation, as well.
The Most Important Decision You’ll Ever Make
Frankly, however, you can’t successfully teach the Bible or live the Bible without personally knowing the Author. This is the first step to understanding God’s Word. Above all else, the Bible teaches us how we can have eternal life and a relationship with God. First John 5:13 states, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”We can’t have a relationship with God on our own. It’s impossible. Every person is a sinner, not only by birth, but by action, too. If you are honest with yourself, you know this is true. God is a holy God, which means He can’t tolerate sin. So, even though He created us and loves us, our sinful actions have separated us from Him. There is nothing we can do to make amends with Him, because our sinful nature stains even our good works. We then must suffer punishment because of our actions. That punishment is death: physical death and spiritual death, which is separation from God forever in a place called Hell. However, God loved you so much that He sent Jesus to be your substitute and take your punishment Himself. Romans 5:8 reads, “But God commendeth (or showed) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus died on the cross for you, and He rose again three days later to win victory over death for you. He offers eternal life as a gift. All you have to do is trust Him and ask Him for it. This is the most important lesson that the Bible teaches us.
Our Team at The R.O.C.K. Club Can Help You and Your Family
At The R.O.C.K. Club in Radford, VA, we firmly believe in the importance of teaching Biblical values. We dedicate ourselves to helping families all across Virginia’s New River Valley with Christ-centered child care and educational programs. Our caring, professional staff offers a pre-school program, a before-school program, an after-school program, a summer program, and tutoring. We design every one of our programs to emphasize Jesus and the Bible while encouraging and bolstering kids’ educational achievements. We make the Bible our guide, and we believe you should, too. Everyone should understand the importance of teaching Biblical values, and we want to help. No matter where you live in the New River Valley, let us support you as you teach and live the Bible.Do you want more information on our Christ-centered educational services? Call The R.O.C.K. Club today at (540) 267-3000. We can also talk to you about how you can have a real relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Give it some thought, and discover the importance of Biblical values.