The Church in Our
rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have
received a commandment from the Father.” II John 1:4.
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greatest evidence of the power of Christianity that can be presented to the
world is a well-ordered, well-disciplined family. This will recommend the truth
as nothing else can, for it is a living witness of its practical power upon the
vol. 4, 304.
must we consider in determining our suitableness as parents? Deuteronomy 6:5–8.
“How startling is the proverb, ‘As the twig is bent, the tree is inclined.’
This is to be applied to the training of our children. Parents, will you
remember that the education of your children from their earliest years is
committed to you as a sacred trust? … Home education is not by any means to be
does the Lord desire to see in our homes? Colossians 3:12–14; II John 4.
“God commanded the Hebrews to teach their children His requirements, and to
make them acquainted with all His dealings with their people. The home and the
school were one. In the place of stranger lips, the loving hearts of the father
and mother were to give instruction to their children.” Child Guidance, 18, 19.
“Every family is a church, over which the
parents preside. The first consideration of the parents should be to work for
the salvation of their children. When the father and mother as priest and
teacher of the family take their position fully on the side of Christ, a good influence
will be exerted in the home.” Ibid., 549.
SHALL WE TEACH?
is included in the mandate to “train up a child”? Exodus 24:12; Deuteronomy
4:1, 9, 10; 20:18.
“There is a time for training children and a time for educating youth, and it
is essential that in school both of these be combined in a great degree.
Children may be trained for the service of sin or for the service of
righteousness. The early education of youth shapes their characters both in
their secular and in their religious life. Solomon says, ‘Train up a child in
the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it’ [Proverbs
22:6]. This language is positive. The training which Solomon enjoins is to
direct, educate, and develop.
“In order for parents and teachers to do
this work, they must themselves understand ‘the way’ the child should go. This
embraces more than merely having a knowledge of books.
It takes in everything that is good, virtuous, righteous, and holy. It
comprehends the practice of temperance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love
to God and to one another. In order to attain this object, the physical,
mental, moral, and religious education of children must have attention.” Child Guidance, 297.
parable gives us lessons in child training? Mark 4:28.
“The gradual development of the plant from the seed is an object lesson in
child training. There is ‘first the blade, then the ear, after that the full
corn in the ear’ [Mark 4:27]. …
“The work of parents and teachers is here
suggested. They should aim so to cultivate the tendencies of the youth that at
each stage of their life they may represent the natural beauty appropriate to
that period, unfolding naturally, as do the plants in the garden. …
“The little ones should be educated in
childlike simplicity. They should be trained to be content with the small,
helpful duties and the pleasures and experiences natural to their years. … The
children should not be forced into a precocious maturity but should retain as
long as possible the freshness and grace of their early years.
“The little children may be Christians,
having an experience in accordance with their years. This is all that God
expects of them. They need to be educated in spiritual things; and parents
should give them every advantage that they may form characters after the
similitude of the character of Christ.” Christ’s
Object Lessons, 82–84.
OR FALSE EDUCATION?
is the purpose of true education? Colossians 1:9, 10.
“True education means more than taking a certain course of study. It is broad.
It includes the harmonious development of all the physical powers and the
mental faculties. It teaches the love and fear of God and is a preparation for
the faithful discharge of life’s duties.
“Proper education includes not only mental
discipline, but that training which will secure sound morals and correct
“The first great lesson in all education is
to know and understand the will of God. We should bring into every day of life
the effort to gain this knowledge.” Child Guidance, 293.
should be our textbook and the foundation of all our education? II Timothy
“The Bible should be the child’s first textbook. From this book, parents are to
give wise instruction. The Word of God is to be made this rule of the life.” Child Guidance, 41.
“God designed the Bible to be a lessonbook to all mankind, in childhood, youth, and
manhood, and to be studied through all time. He gave His word to men as a
revelation of Himself. … The study of the Scriptures is the means divinely
ordained to bring men into closer connection with their Creator and to give
them a clearer knowledge of His will. It is the medium of communication between
God and man.” The Great
fundamental truths must we be aware of in seeking to educate our children? I
Corinthians 3:18–20; Colossians 2:8.
“There are two classes of educators in the world. One class is those whom God
makes channels of light, and the other class is those whom Satan uses as his
agents, who are wise to do evil. …
“In planning for the education of their
children outside the home, parents should realize that it is no longer safe to
send them to the public school, and should endeavor to send them to schools
where they will obtain an education based on a Scriptural foundation.” Child Guidance, 303, 304.
else is necessary for our own well-being and that of our families? Titus 2:12;
“An intensity such as never before was seen is taking
possession of the world. In amusement, in money-making, in the contest for
power, in the very struggle for existence, there is a terrible force that
engrosses body and mind and soul. In the midst of this maddening rush, God is
speaking. He bids us come apart and commune with Him. ‘Be still and know that I
am God’ [Psalm 46:10]. …
“Not a pause for a moment in His presence,
but personal contact with Christ, to sit down in companionship with Him—this is
our need.” Education,
“The more quiet and simple the life of the
child—the more free from artificial excitement, and
the more in harmony with nature—the more favorable is it to physical and mental
vigor and to spiritual strength.” The Desire of Ages, 74.
can we simplify our lives so that we can make time for being still? I Timothy
“We must turn away from a thousand topics that invite attention. There are
matters that consume time and arouse inquiry, but end in nothing.” The Ministry of Healing,
“A great work was before them [the
disciples], and first of all they must learn that their strength was not in
self, but in God. Like Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, like David among the
hills of Judea, or Elijah by the brook Cherith, the
disciples needed to come apart from the scenes of their busy activity, to
commune with Christ, with nature, and with their own hearts.” The Desire of Ages, 360.
“I was shown that Sabbathkeepers
as a people labor too hard without allowing themselves change or periods of
rest. Recreation is needful to those who are engaged in physical labor and is
still more essential for those whose labor is principally mental. It is not
essential to our salvation, nor for the glory of God,
to keep the mind laboring constantly and excessively, even upon religious
“Recreation in the open air, the
contemplation of the works of God in nature, will be of the highest benefit.” The Adventist Home, 494,
warnings has our Saviour given to us? Matthew 6:20; I
“Money is not ours; houses and grounds, pictures and furniture, garments and
luxuries, do not belong to us. We are pilgrims, we are strangers. We have only
a grant of those things that are necessary for health and life. … Our temporal
blessings are given us in trust, to prove whether we can be entrusted with
eternal riches.” The
Adventist Home, 367.
“God’s requirements come first. We are not
doing His will if we consecrate to Him what is left of our income after all our
imaginary wants have been supplied.” Ibid., 369.
“If we represent the character of Christ,
every particle of selfishness must be expelled from the soul. In carrying
forward the work He gave to our hands, it will be necessary for us to give
every jot and tittle of our means that we can spare.
“That which is spent for the gratification
of pride in dress, in buildings, in furniture, and in decorations would relieve
the distress of many wretched, suffering families. God’s stewards are to
minister to the needy.” Ibid., 370.
“It is not necessary to specify here how
economy may be practiced in every particular. Those whose hearts are fully
surrendered to God, and who take His word as their guide, will know how to
conduct themselves in all the duties of life. They will learn of Jesus, who is
meek and lowly of heart; and in cultivating the meekness of Christ, they will
close the door against innumerable temptations.” Ibid.,
PERSONAL REVIEW QUESTIONS
1 What should be the fundamental purpose
of the home and the church?
2 List some of the things that should be
taught to our children.
3 What three areas of your life will be
affected by true education?
4 Describe what your priorities in life
5 What guidelines are helpful in family