Discipleship and Education

Discipleship and Education begin in the home.  God assigns parents the responsibility of training a child in His ways (Deuteronomy 6:6-8).  Parents, then, involve others beyond the home, who foster a child’s natural abilities and spiritual gifts, and add academic, physical, and spiritual skill sets.  Together, this “team of guides”—drawn from local home schooling networks, private or public schools—leads a child over the years to discovering their God-given calling/vocation.

Educators come in different shapes and sizes, and serve in various capacities and roles.  Some focus on pre-school children, and others work with elementary students or middle-schoolers.  There are those who teach high school, junior college, or graduate level students.  Some are skilled to equip others in assorted trades.  Administrators, principals, university professors, and presidents help make the educational process efficient and effective.  Each one, doing what he does best, prepares students to engage the world around them.  By preparing his students to live in a godly way, a teacher can further God’s kingdom.

Beyond the educational process and setting, the other focus of this domain is the students themselves.  Students who embrace their gifts and find where they’ve been appointed to serve within the Dozen Domains are effective instruments in God’s hands.  As they learn to love their neighbors—whether across the street or overseas—they can participate in outreach programs, both locally and globally.  They learn to aid those younger and those in need through church youth group programs, campus ministries, and missions organizations.  AS students begin to combine all they have learned—academic knowledge and practical skills, with godly character and a sincere love for people—they change their world!

Reflection Points – Biblical Truths

1.     According to the English Standard Version Bible, the words teach, teaching, and teacher are mentioned in 266 verses in Scripture.

2.     All knowledge and wisdom are rooted in God (Colossians 2:3)

3.       Jesus was referred to throughout the Gospels as “Teacher” (ex. Matthew 8:19, 22:16).  God’s role as Teacher is one of the most significant and repeated roles we see throughout Scripture.

4.     We are to teach our children His ways (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

5.     Ezra taught God’s people His ways (Ezra 7:10).  He recognized that teaching with authority was not just grounded in what he studied, but also in living it out first in his own life.

6.     We are to teach the next generation (Psalm 78:1-8; 70-72).

7.     Part of Jesus-disciple-making commission was “teaching them to obey what I commanded you” (Matthew 28:18-20).