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The Biblical Importance of Christian Education

January 27, 2017
By Rev. Rick Calloway

I believe greatly in Christian education and I have personally seen how it has significantly impacted my own children and their spiritual walk. The responsibility of raising my children to love the Lord and walk in His truth has been the greatest call of my life. I wanted to share with you some great insight as to the Biblical importance of Christian Education from my good friend Dr. Glen Schultz.

Dr. Schultz wrote the book “Kingdom Education” many years ago and he has had such a profound influence on our school over the years. I always loved that Dr. Schultz called children “God’s homework assignment” for parents. In his book, Dr. Schultz outlined 10 Principles for Kingdom Education. These principles declare our responsibility as parents to educate and raise our kids to follow God. The principles are:

The Education of Children and Youth:

  1. Is the primary responsibility of parents (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:18-21, Psalm 78:1-7)
  2. Is a 24 hour, 7 day-a-week process that begins at birth and goes to maturity (Deuteronomy 6:7,11:19, Proverbs 22:6)
  3. Has as its primary goals the salvation and discipleship of the next generation (Psalm 78:6-7; Matthew 28:19-20)
  4. Is based on God’s Word as being absolute truth (Matthew 24:35; Psalm 119)
  5. Holds Christ as preeminent in the entire educational process (Colossians 2:3, 6-10)
  6. Must not hinder the spiritual and moral development of the next generation (Matthew 18:6; 19:13-14; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 18:15-17)
  7. If and when it is delegated to others by parents, it must be done so that all teachers follow these same principles (Exodus 18:21; 1 Samuel 1:27-28; 3:1-10)
  8. Results in the formation of a worldview or belief system that will be patterned after the worldview of his teachers (Luke 6:40)
  9. Must lead to true wisdom and understanding by connecting all knowledge to a biblical worldview framework (Romans 1:20,28; Psalm 19:1; Proverbs 3:19; Proverbs 4:5,7; Proverbs 9:10; Psalm 104:24; Psalm 136:5; Jeremiah 10:12; Romans 11:33; Luke 11:52; Colossians 2:3; 1 Corinthians 8:1, 13:8)
  10. Must have a view of the future that includes the eternal perspective (Colossians 3:1-2; Matthew 6:19-20; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; Acts 20:24; Hebrews 11:13; Colossians 3:23-24)

I am convinced that living by these truths will enable us, as parents, to see the joy described in 3 John 4 which says: “There is no greater joy than to know that my children walk in truth.”