Bible . . . More Than a Class
August 18, 2021
Peace from Above
If there’s one thing I’ve noticed in this past year, it’s been the constant, unsettled feeling of EVERYTHING. For many, that meant you began an insta-homeschool journey while suddenly working from home. For others, it meant an unexpected farewell to a loved one. Peace seemed like a far away dream in 2020, and everyone expected life to return to “normal” in 2021.
Yet, here we are . . . again . . . in the crazy commotion of life, longing for peace. But we will make it. Know why? Because we we know the Author of peace Himself, the Prince of Peace. And peace—true, complete, unsurpassing PEACE is not a mere wish for you, Mama, when you and your children are centered on God’s Word. This life and peace spoken of in the Bible is eternal.
That’s why the Bible needs to be more than a class in your homeschool and a devotional time in your day.
Find out how to make the Bible key in these articles from The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine:
The Importance of Bible Memory from a Dad’s Perspective by Jeff McCullough
The National Bible Bee by Allison Nagel
8 Reasons the Bible is Important in Your Homeschool by Deborah Wuehler
And remember, Mama . . .
The one controlled by the Spirit will have PEACE as well as eternal life, and that peace extends to this life, too. It can be ours. Now.
Despite the trials, the difficulties, the problems, the sometimes “unpeaceful” encounters, we can find peace because of the Prince of Peace, because of what the Lord has done, and because of this promise—the mind controlled by the Spirit IS life—and peace. Get in His Word, the Bible. That’s where you’ll find how to have a mind controlled by the Spirit. Mind and heart on Christ, today, Mama.
“The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)
Biblical Literacy for Faith, Life, and Class
Christian parents will never regret sharing the Bible with their children. For many children, this will become the heart of a lifelong faith, instilling biblical values. While we can’t control our child’s life choices in the future, knowing that Scripture is embedded in their DNA brings tremendous comfort to parents with wayward children.
Biblical Literacy is a Faith Skill
Loving God’s Word, and teaching the Bible is important for parents and children. Loving God’s Word is our goal for a lifelong saving faith. It’s an investment in the future of our children that’s worth its weight in gold.
Biblical Literacy is a Life Skill
Imparting a love of Scripture to our children is an important life skill that is better caught than taught. Discuss how important it is to you. Demonstrate a love of Scripture with daily personal devotion. Have children practice the skill of Bible study with daily reading. Lifelong habits will be perfected over time.
Biblical Literacy is a Class
While Bible study is a faith skill, a life skill, and an investment in the future, it can also be a class. Christian schools include Bible classes, and we can, too. Life skills like home economics, financial literacy, and driver education go on the transcript. In the same way, Bible classes can as well. Put Bible on the transcript once your student reaches high school.
How to Put Bible on a Transcript
Give a whole credit if your student studies the Bible for about one hour a day, five days a week on average, for most of the school year. Give a half credit if your student studies for roughly 30 minutes a day. Give a grade based on completion, doing what is expected, and “class discussion” with you. Choose a descriptive class title that conveys the topics, testament, or books covered each year. I am thankful for every chapter and verse my children memorized. I’m thankful for every guided deep dive into books and concepts. I am thankful for every curriculum-free “One Year Bible” big-picture overview we completed. I put Bible on my high school transcript to show that my children were thoroughly well educated, not because it was a class.
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A Compass for a Lost World
America’s Basic Textbook
The Bible is the very basis upon which a reality-based education is built. Our Founding Fathers knew this well.
In the early days of America, the Bible wasn’t simply an educational supplement. Children learned to read, write, and spell with Scripture as their primary “textbook.”
In the words of Noah Webster, recognized as the “Father of American Scholarship and Education” and author of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “Education is useless without the Bible. The Bible was America’s basic text book in all fields.”
Sadly, our culture has strayed a long way from that perspective. Even in many Christian homeschools, the Bible has become an elective rather than the central core.
It Points Us to True North
How important is a compass for a hiker?
For someone lost in the woods, a compass can mean the difference between life and death.
As long as a hiker can identify and follow true north, he can find his way out of the forest and back onto the path.
That’s what the Bible and a biblical worldview does for us.
In this increasingly lost, confused, and confusing world, the Bible gives us a compass to discern good from evil.
It Answers Profound Questions
There are profound philosophical questions asked by most everyone at some point in their lives. Our children will ask them someday (if they haven’t already).
Questions like . . .
- Where did I come from?
- Why am I here?
- Is there hope for my future?
In their search for answers, they will encounter seductive lies—like the idea that there is “my truth,” and it can be different from “your truth.”
But the Bible answers those questions with unchanging truth. It gives us hope—even in a world filled with suffering and corruption.
We need to prepare our children to stand firm in that unchanging truth . . . even if they must stand alone.
Etch it Upon Their Hearts
One way to help them prepare is by filling their mental “database” with Scripture so those verses can easily come to mind when they are faced with a situation that requires discernment.
We found a painless way to memorize Scripture. It involves a five-step process you can learn about here.
P.S. Teach your teen to think critically from a biblical worldview with Philosophy Adventure.
Surprised by Jesus, Stacy went from an unmarried, childless, 30-something career woman to a Christ-following wife of 28+ years with two sons she homeschooled K-12. She battled fear and overwhelm, but survived and thrived. Author of 10+ books—including the award-winning Philosophy Adventure—she loves to equip and encourage homeschool families. Visit her at HomeschoolAdventure.com.
Pillar of Hope
Diana Waring – More is Caught Than Taught
“For the word of God is quick and powerful . . . and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb 4:12)
When it comes to teaching our children the Bible, we enter into a whole new realm of education. We don’t just expose them to the Scriptures—in a very real way, the Scriptures expose us! That’s why reading the Bible with our children and teaching them how to dig into the Word for themselves are unlike anything else we will ever do. It has the power to challenge and change each of us deeply and profoundly, regardless of our age or situation.
So, as we begin to recognize that we are dealing with God Himself as we read (and teach) His Word, the first and most obvious step is to approach it in humility. If we ourselves are in awe of this revealed Word of God, our children will learn that it is more than a book. And, if we ourselves are transformed by it, our children will discover that it, indeed, is living and powerful.
Always remember, our children learn more from what is caught than what is taught!
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