Thursday, June 25, 2009

Leigh's Thesis: Chapter 2 (6)


Who should provide instruction? (final)

Hosea 14:9 (NIV) reminds us that “the ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.” God trusts us to raise transform tiny babies into eternal heirs reigning with His Son. Surely He will not abandon us to complete the task alone. Do we really believe the Holy Spirit exists to equip us? And are we really alone if our church is helping us to remain steadfast in our duties?

Unfortunately, the church is quick to give parents excuses. It is a rare church school that offers parents classes on teaching their children to savor every gift of God and to study the Word and His World as a family. Even the most successful of Christian head masters often choose secular curriculum because they reason it is what the local schools use, and their students may switch schools, and they don’t want to be embarrassed by their students’ inability to fit in.

Proverbs 22:6 (NASB) instructs parents to “Train up a child in the way they should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” The way they should go is described as growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Pet 3:18, NASB).

Parents, with the help of the church, are instructed to do the time-consuming, diligent work of discipling children to wage war through prayer and to confront arguments that try to destroy their family’s ability to take every thought captive to Christ. Thinking as a Christian can only be learned by spending large quantities of time with other Christians.

Romans 12:2 (NIV) says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

Mathew 7:24-26 (NIV) says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.”

Christian leaders—and especially parents, the primary biblical educators—need to ensure our children’s teachings and teachers are built on the Rock.

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1 comment:

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Had a blast doing the Foundations training in WS. So many wonderful many that have been with CC for years, and others that a brand new. Makes the dynamics of training that group always an interesting challenge.;)