Archive for April, 2006

The 5 W’s (& 1 H) of Teaching

To disciple means to teach and I wanted to look at what the Bible has to say about teaching. First some of the verses that I learned from:

Leviticus 10:11 (KJV) And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

Deuteronomy 4:9 (KJV) Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

Deuteronomy 6:7 (KJV) And thou shalt teach them [vs6. these words, which I command thee this day] diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Matthew 5:19 (KJV) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 28:19 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Acts 5:42 (KJV) And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 4:17 (KJV) For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

Isaiah 54:13 (KJV) And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.

Proverbs 1:8 (KJV) My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Proverbs 19:20-21 (KJV) Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.

1 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV) For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

And my personal favorite!
Psalms 78:6-7 (KJV) 6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: 7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

Who? Teach our children, and our grandchildren, everyone…all nations

What? The Lord’s statutes and commandments; preach Jesus Christ and his ways; foundation in Jesus Christ

When? Daily, never ceasing, 24 hours a day…when you sit, when you walk, when you lie down, when you rise up

Where? Everywhere, every church, every house

Why? Reward in heaven; peace of our children; gain wisdom; so our children will set their hope in God, not forget the works of God, and keep his commandments; so even the children yet to be born will know Him

How? By talking, declaring

Sometimes I feel quite overwhelmed by the job! …every minute, every hour, of every day, everywhere I go, everyone I see… and I have to remind myself of these verses:

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Galatians 6:9 (KJV) And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

April 30, 2006 at 3:25 am Leave a comment

Encouragement

As a homeschool mom, we often get caught up in what do we teach and what materials do we use. There is a growing mountain of curriculum catalogs at my house. But God keeps reminding me that His Word is enough, just make sure I teach that!

Sally Clarkson’s books are all wonderful. And I just found out she has a blog as well. Check out this entry on the importance of discipling our children.

April 29, 2006 at 3:24 am Leave a comment

Just Do It!

Do What?

Deuteronomy 4:5-6 (KJV) Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

1. Fear God
2. Keep his commandments
3. Obey His commandments
4. Study God’s Word

Just a little reminder of what God has called us to do today (and every day!)

And listen to the promise God gave to Joshua for keeping the law and meditating on it:

Joshua 1:8 (KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

April 27, 2006 at 3:22 am Leave a comment

Word Studies?

Miiko explains on her blog how she does a word study. I thought having another example might help.
So go on over and check it out.

April 27, 2006 at 3:18 am Leave a comment

Are parents called to disciple their children?

Many parents would probably say yes to this question, but I want to look to Scripture to confirm or deny. Because once we find out what God says…there is no arguing. There is nothing you or I can add or take away. I want this blog to encourage you as you disciple, but I want to make sure you have a firm foundation. And that foundation is only found in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:11 (KJV) For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

So I ask, are you called to disciple your children? Let’s pull out our concordances again and search the Scriptures. Here’s some that I found:

Deuteronomy 6:7 (KJV) And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Deuteronomy 4:9 (KJV) Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons;

Proverbs 1:8 (KJV) My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

Proverbs 4:1 (KJV) Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

Proverbs 23:24 (KJV) The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.

All of this instruction references parents instructing their children and even grandchildren. Deuteronomy is probably the most often quoted on this subject. Think about this book, it is Moses’ teaching the Israelites before they enter the promised land. The “promised land” was a pagan and carnal place. Moses had to get them ready to take the land, physically and spiritually. The Israelites were going to have to go in and renew the land…take it back and build it up for the kingdom of God. Do we want our children to be able to go into the world and take it back and build it up for the kingdom of God? I do. Let’s not overlook the teaching of Moses in our own lives.

April 25, 2006 at 2:46 am Leave a comment

What does it mean to disciple someone?

I have just recently learned how to use a concordance. And I’m not talking about the small one in the back of your Bible. I bought a Strong’s Concordance on clearance around six months ago. I had seen this listed as a recommended bible study tool a person should have, but I really didn’t know why I needed it. Well, I finally learned how to use it! I am in fact, quite disappointed that I am just learning how to use this tool. So you can bet that my children are going to learn to use it!

I wanted to give you some examples of how I use it, in case you were like me and never knew why you should need it or what to do with it.

Let’s take a question and see how it can help us look to the Bible to find the answer.
What does it mean to disciple someone?
1. First I would want to know what does it mean to ‘disciple’?
I define the word using Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. (which you can do online here)

***Side note: I use this dictionary often because Noah Webster wrote this dictionary defining words in light of their meaning in Scripture. You won’t find this in any modern dictionary today!

DISCIPLE, v.t.
To teach; to train, or bring up.
To make disciples of; to convert to doctrines or principles.
This authority he employed in sending missionaries to disciple all nations.

2. I usually look up a couple of the key words in the definition and define them as well. So I look up teach and train. (I’ll list the relevant parts here)

TEACH, v.t. pret. and pp. taught. [L. doceo; dico, dicto, and both these and the Gr. to show, may be of one family; all implying sending, passing, communicating, or rather leading, drawing.
1. To instruct; to inform; to communicate to another the knowledge of that of which he was before ignorant.
He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths. Is.2.
Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. Luke 11.
2. To deliver any doctrine, art, principles or words for instruction. One sect of ancient philosophers taught the doctrines of stoicism, another those of epicureanism.
In vain they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Matt.15.
3. To tell; to give intelligence.
4. To instruct, or to practice the business of an instructor; to use or follow the employment of a preceptor; as, a man teaches school for a livelihood.
5. To show; to exhibit so as to impress on the mind.
If some men teach wicked things, it must be that others may practice them.

TRAIN, v.t. [L. traho, to draw?]
5. To exercise; to discipline; to teach and form by practice; as, to train the militia to the manual exercise; to train soldiers to the use of arms and to tactics. Abram armed his trained servants. Gen.14.
The warrior horse here bred he’s taught to train.
To train or train up, to educate; to teach; to form by instruction or practice; to bring up.
Train up a child in the way he should go,and when he is
old he will not depart from it. Prov.22.
The first christians were, by great hardships, trained
up for glory.
Now I could keep defining words, but I’ll stop here. But you would want to keep going until you get a firm grasp of the definition.

3. I would write down a definition in my own words. There is something about taking things from your brain to paper that really cements something in your mind!

To disciple someone means to instruct and teach them knowledge they did not know before by telling them and showing them.

4. Now I look in Strong’s Concordance and find the word disciple. (If the word is not found in the Bible, then look up other key words from the definition.) I’m going to also look up teach and train, because almost every instance of disciple is used as a noun which is not what I want. Strong’s Concordance will list all the times that these words are used in the Bible. (this is where using an online version is very helpful, click here)

Remember I am looking for what God says about discipling someone. So I will look for verses that will help me find this out. And I should have brought this up sooner, but pray and let the Holy Spirit guide. He will help illuminate the Scriptures for you. Here’s some Scriptures that seemed to answer the question for me:

Deuteronomy 6:7 (KJV) And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Leviticus 10:11 (KJV) And that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which the LORD hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.

Matthew 5:19 (KJV) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 28:19 (KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

John 14:26 (KJV) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Acts 5:42 (KJV) And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 4:1 (KJV) Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.

5. I write down the principles I reason from each of these Scriptures.
I am supposed to disciple my children.
I disciple them by talking with them as we go about our day.
I am to teach 24 hours a day.
I am to teach the laws of God.
I am to do as God commands and teach God’s commandments.
I am to teach everyone.
The Holy Spirit will teach me.
Everyday and all the time I can teach and preach Jesus Christ.

6. Lastly, sum it all up. Write it down!

What does it mean to disciple someone? I am to teach the law of God and be an example to my children and people everywhere. I am to talk of God’s Word all day every day.

April 23, 2006 at 3:16 am Leave a comment

Be Transformed

In “Teaching the Trivium” by Harvie & Laurie Bluedorn, they talk about being transformed. After studying Romans 12:2 I found their thoughts very interesting.

Here’s my paraphrase of what they discuss in their book:
Once we are transformed on the inside, then our immediate environment will be transformed, then our family, then our community and church, then our nation and then all the world.

To change our world for Jesus Christ, we have to first transform ourselves. So transforming ourselves and then our families in Christ is the beginning to changing the world for Christ.

April 21, 2006 at 3:13 am Leave a comment

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Psalm 78:4

We will not hide them from their children, Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done.