Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Teaching the Bible

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
--2 Timothy 3 14-17

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.
--Romans 12:2

Perhaps the greatest source of weak faith and spiritual immaturity among Christians is insufficient exposure to scripture. To grow, we need to be fed continuously with God’s word, to such an extent that it becomes a part of our being, restructures our minds, and reshapes our thought processes.

A steady, daily diet of God’s word eventually gets us to a point at which we begin to “think biblically.” Responding from a scriptural perspective to the challenges that face us daily becomes almost a matter of instinct, as natural as the reflex to flinch when a fly zooms toward your eye.

The earlier in a child’s life that a Bible habit is established, the more likely the habit is to persist into adulthood. That’s why, at Christian School of York, daily exposure to God’s word becomes part of the routine, beginning with the pre-K level, and culminating with the advanced, in-depth Bible study in which our high school students engage.

In addition to equipping students for their spiritual lives, Bible study in an academic setting has the added benefit of further enriching their education in literature and language arts. Reading, discussing, and writing about scripture helps students develop skills in critical thinking and communication that can enhance their future efforts not only in Christian studies but in a variety of other fields, including literature, history, social sciences, and more.

In other words, as Paul says, it leaves us “equipped for every good work.” Bible study can, therefore, be an important part of a general college preparatory academic program.

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