Dave Adamson, a photographer and social media and online pastor at North Point Community Church, joins host, Kristen Ivy, to share his thoughts on the Hebrew words every person — especially parents — should add to their vocabulary to transform the way they read the Bible and live.
- Teach your kids Bible stories in the context of your family’s situations. Nothing makes the Bible more clear than real life applications. Use the illustrations in the Bible to relate back to what’s happening in your life and your kids’ lives in real time.
- Remember, you’re learning together. Just as you’re having your faith tested and grown in real time, so are your kids. Constantly remind yourself you are leading by example for your kids and whatever they see you doing — or not doing — will get repeated in their own faith walks.
Your kids are listening to you, believe it or not. They’re constantly watching you, too — observing how you react to situations, the words you use to describe your emotions, and your body language.
Every action and reaction a child observes of their parents leaves an imprint on them, giving them context to how they should respond in good and bad times. So the question must be asked — What are you showing your kids?
In today’s episode, Dave Adamson, a photographer and social media and online pastor at North Point Community Church, shares a special way he connects with his kids to reveal to them a deeper purpose and meaning for their lives. How does he do it? By incorporating Hebrew words into the way he lives and thinks.
Hebrew words make the Bible come alive
After becoming what he calls a “professional Christian” 10 years ago, Dave says he wanted to understand the Bible in a deeper way, so he began to research the Hebrew meanings for certain words he found in the Bible. Through his studies, Dave shares, the Bible’s stories began to speak to not only his head, but his heart.
So when the time came to share his faith with his children, especially with one of his daughter’s who has dyslexia, he used what he learned to make the stories come alive in a new way and connect his kids to a greater sense of community in the process.
And the same can happen for other parents, too, Dave says.
Here are a few Hebrew words Dave says every person — especially parents — should make sure they’re incorporating into the way they live and approach their faith.
Hebrew word: Shema
Meaning: To hear; to obey
When we hear the word of God, and obey His word, our children notice our commitment to growing our faith, leaving a lasting impact on them.
Hebrew word: Zakar
Meaning: To remember
In the Bible, remembering something is tied to an action — it’s way more than a mental process. You can help your kids remember Bible verses or stories by tying them to what’s happening now in their lives.
Hebrew word: Talmid
More than just a student/teacher relationship, the word “apprentice” is better suited here. Our kids are learning alongside us on our faith journey.
Hebrew word: Halakhah
Meaning: To walk
This applies to your spiritual walk and how you apply what you’ve learned and observed about Jesus to your faith. Remember, your kids are always observing what your faith journey looks like in real time.