Education

October, November, December 2020

Want to learn more about Education? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 5-part series.

Lesson 1: Education in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2-3)
Does it seem that there is something wrong with the way we educate young people? Over the years I’ve heard all sorts of different complaints about the educational system, especially public education in the United States. Both of my parents were public school educators when I started school. Interestingly, except for kindergarten (which I attended in the same building in which my mother taught) my parents sent me to private Christian schools for the rest of my education. My most common client has been a public school teacher. That brought me into contact with the things the largest teachers’ union promotes to be taught in the public schools. Decades ago I found it frightening, and believed that if the public understood it they would stop it. Today we are seeing the results, and I no longer have any confidence that the public objects. What does the Bible teach us about great education? Let’s dive into the beginning of the Bible!

Lesson 2: The Family (Deuteronomy 6)
If you are a parent, ask yourself if there was a time when your children believed everything you told them? Was there also a time when they believed almost nothing you said? This may overstate the facts for most of us, but I think all would agree that there is a special time when our children are especially open to being taught. In the past, the public joined Christians in delivering a positive message to our children. The “Andy Griffin Show” on television comes to mind. Do programs like that exist today in secular television? I don’t think so. With our children now viewing the Internet at a very young age, what are they being taught by it? Our lesson today is about what the Bible teaches parents about educating our children. Let’s dive into the Bible and learn more!

Lesson 3: The Law As Teacher (Galatians 3, Romans 3, Deuteronomy 28)
Two boys were born on the same day in the same hospital. One was my son and the other the son of another couple we knew in the community. Our families were not friends, but we knew each other because of a mutual friend. One day, when our sons were about five years old, my son and I happened to be walking by a school at the same time as this other boy and his father. A beautiful woman passed us and to my astonishment, the five year-old and his father were discussing her body. My son didn’t even know this was a discussion topic, much less know enough to have an opinion. What a difference a parent’s education can make in the life of a child! God is our parent and His law is our teacher. As we teach our children about God’s law, how should we approach it? What attitude should we teach our children to have about the law? Let’s dive into our study of the Bible and see what we can learn!

Lesson 4: "The Eyes of the Lord": Biblical Worldview (Psalms 53, John 1, Romans 1, Job 1)
When I was in school the big question was, "What do you want to become? What kind of career do you want to pursue for the rest of your life?" At Regent University School of Law, where I teach, we confront our students with a far more comprehensive challenge for their future plans. It is called Professional Identity Formation. You might say, "They are in law school, they already figured it out." No. Professional Identity Formation challenges them to answer "What kind of roadmap do you have for your future? What kind of person will you be when you practice law? How will your faith guide your professional life?" If you were building a custom house for your future, would you leave the design to chance? Would you make a day-to-day decision on what to do? Of course not! Then why would you take that approach to your future? This week our study is what the Bible has to say about a proper worldview to structure our life and our future. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible!

Lesson 5: Jesus as the Master Teacher (Hebrews 1, Luke 2, Matthew 13, Luke 16)
When you were in school did you notice that some teachers were a lot better than others? Why is that? A general problem among all employees is laziness. No doubt some teachers are lazy, and put in the minimum effort to keep their job. Other teachers love to teach. They put a lot of effort into teaching because they like it, not because they are paid. Then there are the education and technology factors. Have the teachers been taught teaching skills? Have they mastered technology? My wife believed that college had not taught her all of the necessary skills to teach reading. She sought out an experienced reading teacher and learned from her. Finally, there is the human factor. People are different, with different levels of intelligence, and different kinds of talents. What about Jesus? He volunteered to teach us and He was fully God and fully man - that means He had a great skill set. Let's dive into our study of the Bible and see what we can learn about Jesus, Our Master teacher!

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