What is the main goal of Christian Education?
To bring every child to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
TAKING THE LIGHT TO THE HEART OF THE STUDENT.
Dictionary Definitions of the Hear
- The central innermost part of something. (e.g. The heart of the city)
- One’s innermost character, feelings, or inclinations. (Merriam-Webster)
- The center of the total personality, especially with reference to the intuition, feeling, or emotion. (dictionary.com)
- The center of emotion especially as contrasted to the head as the center of the intellect. (dictionary.com)
Biblical Definitions of the Heart
“In general . . . the heart refers to the part of a human that controls the desires, emotions, hopes, dreams, and other intangible parts of our being. The mind typically refers to the part of a human that controls the intellect, reason, and thoughts.” – Mark Ballenger, “The Relationship Between the Mind and the Heart” (applygosword.com)
“. . . the Scriptures use at least four terms to describe the immaterial part of man: the heart, soul, spirit, and mind. The descriptions and functions of these aspects of man seem to overlap. . . The biblical term heart is the clearest summary of the innermost center of the human being.” – Ed Bulkley, “Why Christians Can’t Trust Psychology” (faithbibleministriesblog.com)
Strong’s Greek Dictionary –
- The Greek word kardiais rendered: “heart,” i.e. the thoughts or feelings.
Vine’s Old Testament Dictionary –
- The Hebrew word Lebab,rendered “heart” is the seat of desire, inclination, or will and can be the seat of the emotions. The “heart” could be regarded as the seat of knowledge and wisdom and as a synonym of “mind.” This meaning often occurs when ‘heart” appears with the verb “to know.”
For our purposes this afternoon, we wish to focus on ministering to the hearts.
- Let me make this clear. I firmly believe that the primary responsibility we have is to share the Gospel with our students. Taking the light to their hearts literally begins here.
15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
I. WE ARE CALLED TO TAKE THE LIGHT TO THE HEARTS OF OUR STUDENTS THROUGH THEIR MINDS.
- This is the reason the Bible is the main textbook of the School of Tomorrow® System/A.C.E.®.
- We speak to the mind. We speak to the intellect.
- The “mind and the heart” should function
“We are saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8-10). The mind and heart must both be engaged in this process because to have faith in God, we must believe and trust God. Believing requires the mind, but to trust someone requires the heart.” – Mark Ballenger
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
4. Scripture Memorization is vital.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Someone said, “The problem is many of us were born-again in our spirits, but our minds are not born-again.” This means, our way of thinking has not been “scripturalized.” Our worldview has not changed.
II. WE ARE CALLED TO TAKE THE LIGHT TO THE HEARTS OF OUR STUDENTS BY CHALLENGING THEM TO MAKE CHOICES FOR GOD.
A. A term used for heart is “THE WILL” – the ultimate
- VOLITION is the ability to choose; the faculty of the power of using one’s will. The center, the innermost inclination.
B. We need to train our students to live according to what is right.
C. To live right we need is to choose God. To choose God is to live right.
“. . . as a culture we demand choice. We demand options. We imagine that more options mean more freedom. And most people think that limitless freedom must be a good option.”– Barry Schwartz, “The Paradox Of Choice”
“. . . limitless choice doesn’t actually make us happy. The number of choices available to us becomes overwhelming, and actually makes it difficult for us to ever have the joy of fully committing to anything or anyone. Even if we do commit, our culture makes us feel dissatisfied with the choice we’ve made.”
“It seems that the more options we have, the more afraid we are of choosing. We become enslaved to being noncommittal. We don’t want to make a mistake or cut down our options. In fact, we may become so fearful of making a choice, we simply refuse to choose.” – Barry Cooper, “The Problem of Your Choices”
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” – Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Teach students to make choices for God daily
III. WE ARE CALLED TO TAKE THE LIGHT TO THE HEARTS OF OUR STUDENTS BY REACHING OUT TO THEM ON A PERSONAL
“Addressing the social-emotional needs of a student is not an extra-curricular activity.” – Robert Brooks, “To Touch A Child’s Hear and Mind: The Mindset of an Effective Educator” (cdl.org)
- Our students need emotional
“All students are different and learn differently and we must teach them in ways in which they learn best.” – Brooks
“There is a plethora of research in the fields of education, developmental psychology and the neurosciences that have taught us how every child is different from birth and that children have different learning styles and different kinds of intelligence. Yet, even with this research I often hear teachers say, ‘We must treat all children the same. If we make an accommodation for this student, what will the other students feel? We must be fair.’”
B. Aside from the intellectual (IQ) uniqueness of each child, each child has different Emotional Quotients too. (EQ)
C. We also need to consider the Adversity (AQ)
D. The bottom-line is to know that they have Christ in their hearts because this is the only source of real HOPE.
CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.
A mind renewed in Christ.
A will that makes choices for God daily.
A heart (emotions) that is secured in Christ.