Friday, June 20, 2008

Theology and Christian education

In 2 Corinthians 10:2-5, Paul says, “I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does […] We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

If we are take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ, how does this translate to our thinking about education?

  • What does the Bible have to say about education?
  • What form does the Bible use to instruct?
  • Who instructs whom?
  • How do they teach, and what do they teach?
  • How do today’s Christians educate Biblically?
  • How do we fulfill the great commission of discipling others?

    There are many unifying Biblical themes, but I’d like to investigate the idea of the Bible as an instructional manual for individuals, families, and communities to build a house for His name.

    From the Garden of Eden to the description of our bodies as temples of the Spirit, the Bible seems to give us a job to do: pass on the idea that He wants to dwell with us, that He died for us, and that He will return for us. His name is Emmanuel – God with us.

    The definition for Christian education answers essential questions about who should provide instruction, what should be taught, and what the goal of education is.

    God has answers, but we are so immersed in our culture that we miss what He is saying to us.
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