The Use of the Bible in Home Education Michael Goheen Burnaby, B.C. Three Roles of Bible in Home Education Worldview context Devotional book Academic subject
The Use of the Bible in Home Education
Worldview: The basic religious beliefs embedded in a shared story, which integrate and shape the whole of our individual and communal lives.
The Bible . . .
. . . must shape every subject.
“The place of the Bible in our task of studying the creation is not to give answers, but to guide us in our search for answers, to be the light by whose illumination we find answers in the creation itself.”
Sin: a “seductive power”, a “damning power”, an “active dynamic and destructive force”
“Sin is a power that seeks to rule and ruin everyone and everything.” (Berkouwer)
Rom.1.16; 1 Cor.1.18
To provide an opportunity for the educational community to gather together as an academic body to refocus their confessional vision in worship of Jesus Christ and his kingdom as the goal, source, and standard of their academic work.
The primary purpose of chapel is to nourish the faith life and refocus the confessional vision of the educational community. The kingdom of God is the ultimate horizon and context in which we carry out our academic work. We do not automatically pursue that kingdom in our work; it is vision that needs to be nourished.
The context of this worship is an academic community. That determines will determine the worship experience of the educational community. Chapel worship is to deepen our common commitment to carry out our academic calling in the light of the gospel.
“Such listening together to God’s Word, singing, praying, and unitedly confessing [our] faith should take on an academic form as a liturgy for learning. These convocations should not be regarded as spiritual “mountain-top” retreats from the mundane realities of the classroom, but as a communal rallying-point, summoning students and teachers together to renewed dedication to the eye-opening experience for returning to readin’, writing’, ’rithmetic with renewed vision. It is a time for putting on the spectacles of Scripture anew so that in its light we may see more clearly in every branch of learning.” (Gordon Spykman)
The Bible is the Word of God,
record and tool of his redeeming work.
It is the Word of Truth,
fully reliable in leading us
to know God and have life
in Jesus Christ
(Our World Belongs to God)
“ . . . the Bible provides us with an overarching narrative in which all other narratives of the world are nested. The Bible is the story of God. The story of the world is first and foremost the story of God’s activity in creating, sustaining, and redeeming the world to fulfill God’s purposes for it” (Gerkin).
Act One: God Establishes His Kingdom: Creation
Act Two: Rebellion in the Kingdom: Fall
Act Three: The King Chooses Israel: Redemption Initiated
Scene One: A People for the King
Scene Two: A Land for the People
Interlude: A Kingdom Story Waiting for an Ending: The Intertestamental Period
Act Four: The Coming of the King: Redemption Accomplished
Act Five: Spreading the News of the King: The Church’s Mission
Scene One: From Jerusalem to Rome
Scene Two: To the Ends of the Earth
Act Six: The Return of the King: Redemption Completed
‘ . . . the Bible is essentially narrative in form. . . . It contains, indeed, much else: prayer, poetry, legislation, ethical teaching, and so on. But essentially it is a story.’ (Newbigin)
“The Bible renders to us the story of God’s mission through God’s people in their engagement with God’s world for the sake of the whole of God’s creation.” (Chris Wright)
Understanding genre . . .
. . . will provide a reading strategy