There is a lot of talk these days about improving the quality of education. It goes without saying that when you talk about improving the quality of education, you have to talk about methods of teaching.
Did you know the Bible gives us some guidance in this area? It does. For example, the apostle Paul says, “In the church I desire to speak five words with my mind, that I may instruct others also, rather than ten thousand words in a tongue” (1 Corinthians 14:19). In other words, Paul felt the necessity for his teaching to be clear, direct and easily understood.
But that’s not all, Paul says he wants to “instruct others.” Literally he says he wants to “catechize others.” What does it mean to “catechize?” Well, Paul is referring to the method of instruction in which the teacher asks questions and the student gives the answers. In this process instruction takes place. The student often answers his or her own questions.
Now the apostle says he used this method “in the church.” As a result, Christians have often used this method to teach their children the way of salvation. Yes, many Christian parents teach their children the specific answers to a series of questions that unfold the truth of the Bible. In this way their children learn about God, and sin. They learn about Christ and His payment for sin. They learn to trust in Christ as the only way of salvation from sin. As children literally recite the catechism, opportunity is given to parents to talk to their children about God and Christ.
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