Now that my third book in Christian Apologetics is launched I’ve decided my next project will deal with Christian Education. The tentative titles are: My Christian Children’s Education, What Should I Do? Addressing Christian Parent’s Dilemma of How to Educate Their Children. Today, from my draft, I’ve included two approaches to teach your children Biblical truth. Children of believing parents are responsible for instructing them from birth in God’s Truth and Word. The first is an illustration of the power of God’s Word. The second a “how to” lesson from one of my mentors that can be very effective teaching method.
One of my responsibilities early in my Christian life at Mitchel Road Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC was teaching the high school class. On Sunday, the lesson was on Jesus teaching about building your house on the rock or the sand from Matthew 7:24–27
The materials included little, fold-up, paper houses and pages with pictures of sand and rock. Although I thought this was poorly prepared teaching, never the less I taught it faithfully. I even told Terry (my wife and helpmate) on the ride home that it I thought it was a stupid lesson. Years later, I met one of the students from that class. He said, “Mr. Liebert, do you remember teaching the lesson about the two houses—one built on sand and the other built on rock?” I confirmed I remembered thinking to myself “That stupid lesson.” He said: “Well, that lesson changed my life!” Lesson learned! Never sell short God’s ability to use weak vessels to carry out his will. And don’t trust your judgment regarding what God can do when you are faithful.
REMEMBER BOTH 1) There is no “stupid” in God’s vocabulary and 2) God’s Word has transforming power.
A great idea I got from one of my mentors was his daily review of TV newscasts with his children. In the early evening, his children would be sent to do homework, and he would watch and videotape the news of the day. He would pick out several stories and note the times on the tape. The four children, ages 10 to 16 would come down for the family time each night about 7:00. They would spend about 20 minutes reading Scripture and prayer. Then he would play one of the stories from the tape and ask each child what Gods Word said about the content of the news report. This interaction with the current news was a great learning time both because of his instruction but also the peer-to-peer communication between the four children. He often created contention by asking “loaded” questions to get them to think about real spiritual issues. For example, several of the children were doing a summer project reading “Les Misérables,” He asked: “Is it OK to steal bread if you are starving?” This question resulted in six days of lively evening discussions! He shared one particular video news case with me. The story was a home invasion where the homeowner shot and killed the intruder. They all got into a lively discussion that lasted more than 2 hours. The question they debated became: “When and if is it justifiable to take another person’s life.” Years later the then 12-year-old would tell his father that story was a life-changing discussion because he realized for the first time how precious God views every human life.
Charlie is the author of three books
1) “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer! A Former Atheist’s Personal Christian Evangelism Plan.” Available at http://yourchristiananswers.com
2) ANSWERS For “The Hope That Is in You. Direct, Simple Answers to the World’s “Hard” Questions.” Available at http://yourchristiananswers.com
3) “Without 3 Miracles Darwin’s Dead! Science Proves Atheistic Evolution is IMPOSSIBLE.” Available at http://www.w3mdarwinsdead.com
AND six fictional writings available on Amazon Kindle
Helene [Hel-lain-a] at Mama Henney’s Boarding School for Girls. My grandmother’s adventures as a 16-18-year-old at an all-girls school for aristocrats in 1900 northern Italy.
Rosemarie, Kristallnacht Transformation. My twice Jewish aunt’s, with a Jewish father and a Jewish husband, survival during the Holocaust in Germany 1937-1945.
Yellowstone’s Child. Kidnapped at 10 with complete amnesia she recovers her memory at 22. Rated “G.” Great story for teens.
One Android, 399 lives – 59th Street Terror Attack Kills 399. Fictional terrorist attack with a passenger airplane in NY city.
The Memory Tree, A Christmas Story. A great read for families at Christmas gatherings that takes 15-20 minutes to read. For all ages. It presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Curse of the Witch of Zahlendorf. Der Fluch der Hexe von Zahlendorf. A 17th-century German folktale illustrated by events in 1922.