An adequate system of Christian education is necessary to form a complete spiritual program for Christ’s people. In Christian education, the freedom of what a teacher teaches in a church, Christian school, college, or seminary is limited and held accountable by Christ’s headship and the authority of His Scriptures.
Luke 2:40; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Ephesians 4:11-16; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 2:3,8-9; 1 Timothy 1:3-7; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:14-17; Hebrews 5:12-6:3; James 1:5; 3:17
In Deuteronomy 6:7, God puts an emphasis on parents teaching their children the Word of God. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus himself puts an emphasis on Christian education. These are just a few of the many encouragements in the Bible for there to be a system of Christian education. This is for adults too, not just children.
Today there are more helps available to study the Word of God than ever before and yet there is a definite lack of knowledge of God’s Word among people who call themselves Christian. Along with all of the helps has come many distractions and temptations to occupy our time and our minds. We have even begun to worship our work and our leisure as well.
A church should have a comprehensive plan in place to train all ages in the congregation. This plan should realize the difference in learning among the age groups. There should be groups available as well for discussion and implementation of the truths being taught. Knowledge alone is not what God desires. 1 Corinthians 8:1. Knowledge alone can lead to pride and legalism.
James 3:1 says that not just anyone should be a teacher, because there will be a stricter judgment or accountability for them. As leaders of churches, we are also accountable for those we allow to teach in our churches.