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there a Biblical method of teaching?
among teaching methods today is the one that was used by our Founding
Fathers and the writers of the Bible which depends on the Scriptures for
its methodology. Paul is the best example of one who used this
a child he was given an excellent education like all Jewish boys.
(Jewish boys still have to memorize long passages of (Old Testament)
Scripture as Paul did. I remember hearing Jewish boys reciting
Scripture to their teacher while we were on a camping trip one
time!) Paul subsequently studied law under the great lawyer,
Gamaliel (Acts 22:3). But after Paul was born again of the Spirit (I
Corinthians 15:8, Galatians 4:29), as he journeyed to Damascus, (Acts
22:14) the first thing he did was retire to the desert (Arabia, Galatians
1:15-17) because he wouldnít ask advice of men but of God. The
result of this time alone with God was his gaining the great insights he
later expounded regarding the fulfillment of the Old Testament teachings
concerning Christ, (Romans 1:1-6).
life-long research of the Scriptures (O.T.) which he reasoned through
regarding Godís many doctrines and principles led to his logical
expositions. These he wrote about to churches and individuals
showing how the Word relates to our lives and how it is to be
applied-always appealing to the Spirit who resides within the hearts of
good example of the Biblical method of education is I Corinthians
2:9-16. Here, as in all of his teaching, Paul appeals to the Spirit
within, telling us that the things of which heíd been speaking are
"spiritually discerned." (Do we include Godís input in
regard to the subject matter we are teaching? As Paul knew, we are
not simply physio-psychological beings as the evolutionists would have us
believe. No, we also have a spirit that must be addressed as well as
the mind.) A brief outline of the above passage in I Corinthians
gives us the four ingredients mentioned above: research, reasoning,
relating, and recording.
Verse 9: "It is written." God recorded thousands of words, thoughts,
ideas, truth (as right here in these verses).
Verse 10: "The Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep
things of God."
Verse 13 and 15: "...the Holy Spirit teacheth, comparing
spiritual things with spiritual"(showing how they relate to one
another and, as well, how the Scriptures relate to ones life.) (Vs.
15) "He that is spiritual judgeth (exercises judgment in) all
things" to discover how these relate to the truth contained in the
happens when the Holy Spirit is included in the classroom, when the childís
spirit is appealed to as he is being taught? Is he inspired?
(Notice that inspired is two words: in and breathed, a word used of the
Holy "Spirit" same word). Does
his appreciation of God increase? What other benefits accrue when
teacher and pupil are inspired by the Holy Spirit in regard to the subject
matter at hand? Actually, education becomes exciting. Iím
excited right now. Godís truth makes any subject "come
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like someone has studied with FACE (Verna Hall / Rosalee Slater). Well
developed. I would add a few details-- Teach from the grand to the
detail (ie. always create a context for the next point. "In the
beginning- GOD!" (Had God created the cow before the meadow
creates an interesting word picture for kids.) Teach from cause to
effect. (An adjunct to "context.")
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