New Class: Teaching the Faith
Christian education is a lifelong endeavour, one we engage in both in the church and at home. This week we begin a new class focused on teaching the faith. Personally, I’m particularly excited about this class. I’m a learner at heart and also enjoy teaching a lot. So, I’m looking forward to learning about becoming a better teacher. So, what, exactly, will this class be about?
Teaching at Church
The first class was more of a “get to know you” and “Here’s what’s expected” class, not going over any of the actual subject matter. We did, however, briefly discuss what we’ll be covering. We will be covering several topics, such as confirmation, Bible studies, Sunday School, and Adult catechesis (adult catechism).
Teaching at Home
One of the topics the professor is specifically going to focus on is family education, Bible education within the family (couples studying together and parents teaching their children). I think this is great. The home is the greatest opportunity for teaching children about God and not just teaching. For couples (and even roomates), studying the Word together and growing in your faith together can create a strong bond and openness that strengthens the relationship with each other as well as with God.
A Unique Opening
Each teacher we have opens their class in their own way. Most opened with prayer, some took prayer requests, one used the Collect of the day. This professor has the most structured and liturgical opening by far. Just to give you an idea of what we’ll be doing. Each class will begin with…
- Hymn Verse (usually sung)
- 10 Commandments
- Scripture and devotion (led by one of the students)
- Prayers (with personal prayer requests)
- Lord’s Prayer
Our hymn for the first week was A Mighty Fortress. You can’t go wrong there!
I’m excited as we get started with this new class. I also ask each of you to pray for Bill and I as we go through this class, that we would learn a lot, enjoy it, and that God would continue to work in our lives to form us into the pastors He has planned.
Share Your Thoughts:
- What Christian education do you participate in at church?
- Do you study the Scriptures at home with your family or friends?
- If you don’t currently have devotions at home, would you commit to start?
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