I love Christian education. I respect those parents who are able to home school their children and I understand why in some circumstances parents chose to place their kids in a public school. But, I love teaching in a Christian school and I love the whole idea of Christian schools. However, there are some pitfalls within Christian education if you are not careful. One such pitfall is a devaluing of the church. I think some home schooling groups can fall into this temptation as well. Why should church be a priority if I receive Bible training, Christian fellowship, opportunities for service and even accountability within my school or group?
This morning I tackled this issue as I spoke in chapel here at Rock County Christian School. Below are a few excerpts followed by the complete video (containing much more).
Being part of a church is not just what a good Christian does, it is what a true Christian does.
The record of the New Testament is clear – you cannot separate church from the Christian life as it if were somehow optional, they are inseparably bound together.
The Idea of a Christian outside of a church is a concept that is outside of the Bible.
The local church is a community of regenerated believers who confess Jesus Christ as Lord. In obedience to Scripture they organize under qualified leadership, gather regularly for preaching and worship, observe the biblical sacraments of baptism and communion, are unified by the Spirit, are disciplined for holiness, and scatter to fulfill the great commandment and the great commission as missionaries to the world for God’s glory and their joy. – Mark Driscoll
It would be good for us not think of church as a place to go, but a people to join.
Church is not simply about going to hear preaching or a place to worship, though both are crucial elements of church.
A church is not a building or denomination but a group of committed believers bound to one another through the Spirit of God.
The Christian life was never meant to be lived individually but in community.
Yes, you can read your own Bible and worship Jesus wherever you are, but you will forever be bound to the consequences of your arrogant ignorance.
- God gives us pastors and teachers to explain Scripture (no one knows everything completely)
- You will not be able to love and serve others sitting in a room by yourself.
- You will be a slave to the sin that blinds you but is obvious to others who can help and encourage you.
- Encouragement is hard to come by when you are all alone.
How many times does the Bible mention or refer to Christian Schools? How many times does the Bible mention the church?
Who does God give the authority to teach His word to young people?
- Parents (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)
- Church (I Timothy 3:15)
- Pastors, evangelists , Teachers (Eph 4:11-16)
- Older church members (Titus 2:2-3)
The purpose of a vitamin is to help your overall diet and health. They are good and beneficial, but are not completely necessary. They are good only as a supplement, not as a replacement. Our school only functions well if it is seen as a supplement and not a replacement for your church.
You can be a good Christian in love with Jesus and not go to a Christian school. You cannot be a good Christian in love with Jesus and not be a part of a good, local church.
Ephesians 5:23-27 – Christ is the head of the Church, how dare we think we don’t need it. Christ loved the church, how dare we ignore it. Christ died for the church, how dare we treat it as casual or optional.