I am a great believer in Christian education and have always valued quality Christian teaching in Sunday School. I appreciate the dedication of my previous teachers throughout all the years of being taught by my Christian educators. It is important that we honor them and show appreciation to them because they may be one of the most important spiritual equippers in a Christian’s life and walk in the faith. A blog reader-friend recently emailed me to express appreciation for the “Christian teaching.” This really helped to remind me that Christian education is important in the life of the church—in any church. (Thanks).
The bible study material out there has increased and multiplied since I was a youngster. But there is still a great need today for people to be better equipped with knowledge and a strong understanding of our Christian faith. Why? One of the reasons is so that we can give people a rational defense of why we believe in Jesus Christ. Since I entered the blogging world, I have learned much from my fellow blogging friends throughout the blogosphere (some of whom are on my blogroll). This has contributed and stimulated my intellectual interests but there is still a need for the “average Jane and Joe Christian” for Christian and bible education at the most basic level.
I don’t believe that the average Christian is sufficiently trained and discipled to adequately defend the faith today. “Defenders of the faith” are bred, not born. We need to be trained up in the faith so that we can defend what we believe in a world that needs the love of Christ. In my experience of Sunday School kids these days, I am appalled at the mediocre level of bible knowledge they have. Perhaps I am sounding a little negative and I am generalizing, but I believe much of the broader church has not done enough to raise the level of Christian education. Faith without the work of discipleship and education will fail lead to our generation of young Christians into a life of stong and enduring trust in Christ. This stems from the fact that we are generally a biblically-illiterate society. Only a Christian who has received adequate Christian education can ably give a defense of why Christians believe in Christ, let alone to teach others to “make disciples of all nations” and teach them to obey everything Jesus has commanded (Matt. 28:19-20). From those who have encouraged me along the way, now let me encourage you to teach and preach with dedication and passion what is most important to us—that is, our faith in the one we serve—Jesus Christ.