01 September 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

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01 September 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

01 September 2021 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

It is no doubt that Biblical education was and is a key part of the church. The Early Church dedicated itself to the teachings of the apostles and disciples. They regularly gathered to teach and be taught scriptures and the doctrine of Christ.

Acts 2:42 explains, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Then, in Acts 5:42, states that “Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.”

In the Old Testament, this same type of scriptural education occurred and was emphasized. However, the Old Testament also provides proof that practical education and wisdom is a necessary part of living a fruitful and Godly life.

The entire book of Proverbs is dedicated to teach, train, warn, and educate readers. Proverbs 16:16 exclaims, “How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!” Wisdom and understanding were highly valued and sought after.

Then, Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” This can certainly pertain to teaching a child the ways of God. It can also pertain to teaching a child life skill since Proverbs is filled with wisdom about God, relationships, business, child rearing, and finances.

Establishing Christian education is a helpful tool to spread the gospel, provide for needs within a community, and to raise children up in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6). It fulfills the call of discipleship. Furthermore, it can be a safe place for children to go who face daily struggles.

Culturally, the nation of Israel educated their children in all manners of life. This education was certainly from a Godly worldview. Since the nation was dedicated to God, when it was being obedient, it was training its citizens, not in a worldly manner, but in a Godly manner (Deuteronomy 11:19).

The nation was commanded to teach their children in a way that we would recognize through Christian educations and schools.

In Daniel 1:17, God gave wisdom and learning. It says, “As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.” It was God’s will that these four children were well educated.

By looking at scripture, we see no reason why the local church shouldn’t provide holistic education. If the local church has the means, and the community has the need, a Christian education can be a fruitful establishment for the Kingdom of God.

Excerpts from: https://justdisciple.com/education-in-local-church
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