Gospel-Powered Education: A Proper View of Others
A Gospel-Powered Education seeks first to place God in His rightful position as the Author of all knowledge, as well as the ultimate fulfillment of life, eternity in his Holy presence. The proper view of others is the second foundation stone in establishing a biblically supported educational model. The teachers, both classroom and parent, carry the responsibility to display their commitment to Jesus Christ before their students/children in such a way that minimizes the interference of pride and maximizes opportunity for humility. A teacher represents Christ to his or her students as they grow together in relationship. His or her submission and humility is a reflection of Christ's selfless act, which is a foundation stone of the gospel.
Luke 6:40 tells us, “The disciple is not above his master; but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.” Similarly, a student is not above his teacher, but over time the student will begin to think like his or her teacher. When the teacher models the biblical precept of putting others first students will learn to act in concert. Opportunities abound for teachers to employ this timeless principle with interactions among students, parents, fellow faculty, and while facilitating the relational culture of a classroom. Students learn to “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another (Romans 12:10).”
Although the goal of educating children is to provide a platform for life-long learning and the ability to understand ones gifts and talents, it is vital that the underlying support structure builds on a foundation of biblical truth. A school culture the built upon the power of the gospel to transform lives presents a proper view of God and others which will enable a student learn how to view themselves in relation to God, His creation, mankind, moral order, and man’s purpose.
Check in next week for the final installment on this for part blog series. Coming up next: Gospel-Powered Education: A Proper View of Self