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Places of Education

April 30, 2007

There is a strong educational emphasis throughout the Bible. The Law addresses all of life and was to be taught to each generation. The history of the Israelite nation was to be remembered and rehearsed. The Psalms are written in one of the most useful pedagogical forms and the Proverbs are explicitly written for the purpose of instruction. The epistles are clearly doctrinal writings. The book of 2 Timothy teaches that all of Scripture is given so that man can be completely equipped for any work with which he is presented. The family is the basic and primary unit of society and therefore has economic, educational and welfare responsibilities. There are many references to education throughout the Bible that are generally mentioned in the context of the family. In Christ’s commission to the church he commanded believers to disciple the nations, baptize and teach. The Ephesian and Colossian epistles in particular address all ages of believers, and the church was gifted with teachers. These truths strongly imply that the church also has responsibility to educate. Christians recognize that education must be Christian in order to be true. They also realize that the institution of schools is hardly observable in Scripture. Therefore schools are only legitimate as they are extensions of legitimate biblical educating institutions—family and church. Schools operate in loco parentis—in the place of the parents.

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  1. May 1, 2007 at 10:40 am

    I like the way you put that, Brother. We home-school, but when we stray from the principles and authority of the local church, we are in error.

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