The Bible in All of Life
The Bible in All of Life
The Bible is one book, made up of many books. It is by one Author (God) using many writers. The Bible is one story of creation, fall, redemption, restoration. To write this story God’s Book is divided into Old Testament and New Testament. The writing is complete but applying that writing is ongoing, generation after generation, through all of the ages. This is how you and I fit into God’s Story. We have been given all of the writings and we are taught to believe it, respond to it, teach it, live it. What is “it?” The whole Word of God.
Now in reference to school: Everything that we teach must fit into (flow from) the Word of God. As Christian teachers we want our children to see each academic area, each sport, all of the arts, household chores, employment, investments, free time activities, and the answers to any questions related to God’s Story and placed into our application of His Word.
A good first step in seeing the Bible as one story is to gain understanding of the New Testament by what you have learned from the Old Testament. For example, The Lamb of Exodus became the Redeemer of the New Testament.
Knowing where we fit into God’s Story and how He is redeeming and restoring, gives us hope and purpose. School takes on a bright new future when we see it in connection with what God is doing — how He can use us now and how training is provided for Him to use us in the future for His Kingdom business.
We want the child to come to understand that he goes to school because that is where he presently fits into God’s good, glorious, redemptive plan. And that what he studies also fits into God’s good story.
Enjoy your WORD reading.
I’ve been labeled as one who does not like textbooks. When you ask, “What
would I teach if not using a guiding text?” I really do want to explain. Let’s both pause and pray at this moment…
The enemy is not the textbook. But to be effective a textbook must fit somewhere in the student’s world of understanding. Let me try desperately to illustrate.
Your student has a math textbook and has been given 2 pages for assignment. You have prepared the way for successful completion. The child/student now has a goal — get the math finished. When finished he may have one problem wrong, zero problems wrong, or several problems wrong. You go over the wrong answers and close the book until tomorrow.
But consider this: Suppose you take one or two minutes with each math lesson and talk about:
1. The Creator’s intent with numbers
2. The purpose and value of numbers
3. Where accuracy has mattered in using numbers (think medicine, research)
4. How numbers have been used in helpful ways
5. Games that would be no fun without numbers
Now let’s go back to the math assignment where the goal was simply to finish the work and check the number wrong and correct.
We might add to that assignment: what is an occasion a problem like this could be used? Knowing that, what might you have done differently? Very often, in math, it really matters to get the answer wrong!
Here is just one point to consider for value. Consider the Old Testament as you read it today. Perhaps look at a Psalm. Originally the Old Testament was not written in the language you read it just now. So, imagine the horror if spelling had been ignored as a translator tried to write what we read. Value in spelling can be found in research, directions for construction, and in much of life.
Clarifying, I want to say that textbooks are often helpful but the teacher must make the subject one of purpose and value, connecting that subject to God’s plan.