—Byron Peters, Pastor
We all know Christian education is important, don’t we? I heard recently of one of the children in our church who, when tempted by her friend to “do this and don’t tell your Dad--he’ll never know!” said to her friend, “I’m not Adam and Eve!” She refused--because she had learned and applied God’s Word.
Christian education stretches all the way back to early Israel, and that Jewish commitment to the Scriptures (Psalm 119; Psalm 1: Joshua 1:8) carried into the New Testament.
Jesus “grew in wisdom and stature, in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Paul, the greatest missionary Jesus ever called into service, was “...educated under Gamaliel, strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God just as you all are today” (Acts 22:3). That education, gained before he came to faith in Christ, served him well as he served Jesus. Timothy learned the Bible from his mother and grandmother (2 Timothy 1:5), as well as the mighty apostle Paul himself (2 Tim 3:14).
Timothy was to “do his best to present himself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15). Women in Ephesus (2 Tim 3:6-7) were being deceived because they were untaught, unfamiliar with the word “which is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:25).
Our culture, even our Christian subculture, undervalues Christian education. As a result, many of us are like sheep among wolves, tossed about like waves of the sea, easily deceived. We struggle to know how to guide our families, help our friends, and live wisely in God’s world.
CCC is committed to robust Christian education for all ages because we envision God transforming us into the likeness of the risen Lord Jesus by his Word and Spirit so that we (and our children) grow to see as he sees and love as he loves. But how does this happen?
This Fall we are going to try a new approach to adult Christian education called “Discipleship Cohorts.” These smaller, targeted learning communities will allow for more educational options, conversation and practical application. Adults learn best by discussion and applying, and we hope our cohorts facilitate that very sort of interaction.
Discipleship cohorts will launch in September, 2019. Please be praying for this initiative, that God will grow us up and grow us together in Christ. Click here for more details on course offerings. NOTE: Church Leadership Training, open to men and women, requires a 9-month commitment. The others are shorter in duration.
Don’t waste your Christian mind. Invest in your Christian education and pray for God to bring a great and gracious return on that investment.