CHRISTIAN EDUCATION IS IMPERATIVE TO SUCCESS:
Christian education is not an alternative or luxury. We believe this is the commandment of God. It is clearly defined in the word of God as an expectation for us throughout history and that command has not changed today. Jesus called it the "Great Commandment". In the Holy Bible we find several passages expressing God's desire related to Christian Education
Matthew 22:37-38 - Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all they mind. This is the first and great commandment.
Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it
Colossians 2:8 - Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Philippians 4:8-9 - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
The work of Christian education is a mainstay for our children in our world today. In times when the morality of humankind is dipping further than any other time in history and God is being removed from every aspect of society, it is imperative that we teach our children the academics that are important to be productive members of society and that we teach these academics in a spiritually nurturing atmosphere that instills the perfect love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and thereby exercises the integrity and dedication in life that only comes from a relationship with Jesus.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION MANDATED BY GOD:
God instructs us to be involved in our children's education. It was never God's intention that our children would be instructed by a social or governmental system. God expects our children to be taught by those who are qualified through him to provide this academic and spiritual instruction. Christian education draws the family unit into the academic process and encourages familial involvement creating an atmosphere of consistent, accurate and continual learning in the home, school and church.
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION PROTECTS OUR CHILDREN
Deuteronomy Chapter 6 - "1": Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: "2": That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son's son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. "3": Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey. "4": Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: "5": And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. "6": And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: "7": And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. "8": And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. "9": And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. "10": And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, "11": And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; "12": Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. "13": Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. "14": Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you; "15": (For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth. "16": Ye shall not tempt the LORD your God, as ye tempted him in Massah. "17": Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee. "18": And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, "19": To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken. "20": And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you? "21": Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand: "22": And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes: "23": And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers. "24": And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. "25": And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
So many families love and live for God and strive to live a life dedicated to God, but on a daily basis they send their children right into the elements and dangers that the family and church work to protect them from. Exposed to the ungodly actions that cause desires to grow in their lives these children struggle to find God in an atmosphere where God has been systematically removed from every aspect of the Child's daily routine. These parents, not in rebellion but more in ignorance, place their children in situations where they will see and hear things that will affect them in ways we can never imagine. God has clearly indicated that it is our responsibility to teach our children using the principles and precepts of his word. Parents should not remain in the place of ignorance, but stand up and make a decision to protect and teach their children as God intended.
Acts 17:29-30 - "29": Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. "30": And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
When the attorney came to Jesus, in Matthew 22, asking Him, of all the more than 600 written laws, precepts, principles and commands of the Old Testament that comprised their educational system, which one was the most important Jesus answered with the Great Commandment. We must understand the expectation to place God first in our children's lives and remove them from the ungodly influences that distract them. Christian education provides that opportunity, in conjunction with the family unit, to reinforce the Godly teaching of the home in the daily life of our children.