THE EMMAUS WALK PRESENTS:
"Course Articles Center"
This center is in progress, which means questions are being appended to the various articles for students to answer on their own, though they are encouraged to send for the answers when they have done a number of the courses. Please write to: Ronald D. Ginther, P.O. Box 212, Puyallup, WA 98371.
Why is Christian education necessary for Christians? Jesus said: "Go and make disciples of all nations, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you." This is the Great Commission. This is the reason for Christian Education: discipleship and the doing of all things that Christ commanded us. If we remain ignorant (saved but unaware of His teachings and the teachings of the Bible), we cannot do what our Lord has commanded us. We cannot live holy lives. We cannot
be a witness for the salvation of other souls. We are useless to God, and probably compromised with the worldly system and under its influence and power. Christian education is absolutely vital to Christians, as air is to life. How long can we get along without air to breathe? How long can we get along with Christ's teachings and a Christian education?
Can you believe in Christ without being a genuine disciple? I can testify that you can believe but not really follow Christ. It was so in my case, after I was saved and born again at a Christian high school. Jews for Jesus has this to say on the issue: "'And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age'--Matthew 28:18-20. [David Brickner, Executive Director of Jews for Jesus, goes on to comment] Don't miss the main emphasis of this command: to make disciples. A disciple is one who hears, understands and obeys the master's teaching. A disciple of Jesus is not just a believer in Him, but also a follower.
In his book, MATTHEW AND MISSION, Martin Goldsmith wrote, 'In some cultures it is relatively easy to bring people to an initial confession of faith in Jesus as Savior, but often such spontaneous and hasty professions of conversion are not followed by any deep discipleship and committed involvement in the life of the Church.'"--Page 1, "Messianic Marching Orders, Part III, Jews for Jesus
Newsletter, May 2007.
In this light, please refer to Mrs. Pearl A. Ginther's excellent tribute to Christian education, some of the reasons for it being based on Martin Luther's own teachings:
1. CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: A VIEW BASED ON MARTIN LUTHER'S TEACHING
Christian History Magazine article by David W. Debbington on Great Britain's greatest preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon (died Jan. 31, 1892), comments on Spurgeon's views on Christian
influence in public schools:
"Who should run the schools? The same point is evident in the preacher's attitude to educational policy, a central political issue for much of the nineteenth century [in Britain and its colonies]. Like most Baptists in the 1850s, Spurgeon believed at first that the state should not meddle with education. The provision of schools should be left to private initiative--to individuals, societies, and churches. The young needed to be taught the Christian faith, and the state had no more business to take up the religious instruction of children than it had to undertake the religious instruction of adults through an established [officially recognized as the only state church of the country, while being state financed from public tax monies] church.
By the late 1860s, however, population growth was hopelessly outstripping the ability of private initiative to provide for education. Baptists reluctantly accepted that the state must set up the necessary schools. To avoid state interference in religious instruction, however, most Baptists decided that schools must be secular. Christian education should be left to the home and the church.
Spurgeon could not stomach this conclusion. In 1870 he presided at a London rally calling for the retention of Bible teaching in state schools. A total severance of church and state in the schools, he argued, was nonsense. 'How can religion be eliminated from education,' he asked, 'unless it be eliminated from the teacher himself?' Spurgeon judged the welfare of the Christian faith to be at stake, and so he was willing to diverge from the prevailing view in his denomination. And in the end, Spurgeon's policy was put into practice. The government permitted local school boards to include the Bible in the curriculum."--page 39, Issue 29, CHRISTIAN HISTORY.
Ten T/F questions are appended to Part III.
Extra Credit for reading and commenting on:
Additional resources for PRAYER:
3. HOLY SPIRIT
4. BIBLICAL SCIENCE
We shall add material or access to materials on Evolution and Creationism to this center. Students may access them and then complete tests or quizzes on them. The following links can also be very helpful.
5. FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES
6. WITNESSING (WITH APOLOGETICS) AND DISCIPLESHIP
"To Learn More [about how to witness]," a guide to resources for witnessing and giving an account of our faith in Jesus, by Jim McFarland, will be an excellent help, as Jim McFarland is
a writer of his own apologetical book for college-going Christians.
Paul and Silas' Missionary Journey to Europe, beginning in the Roman city anhd colony of Phillipi, Macedonia, is a template for anyone who wants to witness and yet doesn't know how to go about it. Look at how Paul did it--and there is the expert at work, from start to finish. We cannot find, other than in the Lord Jesus, a better
role model or teacher! Every fundamental principle, method, insight, method of missiology and witnessing and apologetics--can be traced to Paul's epochal invasion of Europe for the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The shock wave generated by that spiritual tsunami has not yet finished sweeping the world, and countless lives are still being captured by Jesus Christ and his kingdom.
7. TYPES OF CHRIST/MESSIANIC BIBLE TEXTS AND ACCOUNTS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT3>
As the New Testament had not been written, Christ and also the Apostle Paul taught the Messianic texts from the Old Testament books, the same as we are doing here. This is what the disciples were given on the Emmaus Walk by Jesus the Messiah, though he did it in far less time and detail, no doubt. Yet we have the time and can spend more time and effort viewing the Messianic texts and the books that contain them--that is the privilege we have, if we want to use it.
8. BIBLE COVENANTS/ISRAEL/BIBLE ATLAS
9. CHRISTIAN HOPE AND CHARACTER
10. THE PROPHETIC CALLING (ONE OF MANY CALLINGS BY GOD AS SPECIFIED IN THE BIBLE)
Regarding the REQUIRED SIX ELECTIVES: Though we lost our faculty member and writer and instructor, Duane L. Smith, when he suddenly passed away this spring, we will continue and add the six elective subjects (and some extra credit courses) with, first, the theologian and philosopher and evangelical thinker Francis Schaeffer's book, followed by the articles by the late Stuart Maxwell Hawkins, a fine Christian man of letters in the Northwest, who
lived into the 1980s. The volume of his we will draw from (his music and poetry will not be used, unfortunately, because of restraints on our time) will be "Think On These Things," published 1981, one of his last books or his last book before he died. If these do not suit you, you must choose six among the remaining electives (yet to be listed here), and then you will have completed the requirements for electives. A third six-elective-in-one choice for you is the primer on faith, "Walk in the Light," by Ronald Ginther. We have questions completed for "Walk in the Light," which can furnish another set of six electives, but they have to be put on-line. In the meantime, however, you could read the book, which you can find listed on this Emmaus Walk site.
REQUIRED ELECTIVES (CHOOSE ONE THAT GIVES CREDIT FOR SIX, OR SIX AMONG THOSE LISTED):
1. "How Then
Should We Then Live?" by Francis Schaeffer, with Study Guide. Read the book and complete the study guide. This will equal six electives in total.
2. Read six Stuart Maxwell Hawkins messages and complete the appended questions (this will equal six electives). This is 1-6 electives in total.
3. "Walk in the Light," A True Account of Faith in Progress and Faith Triumphant, with Study Questions, by Ronald Ginther (questions are to be on-line, but the book is already available on this site). This comprises six electives in total.
4. Christian Activism. Details of this elective will be given soon.
5. Pick any one or more than one, or all six Great Christian Leaders, which are: Lilias Trotter, George Whitefield, John Wesley, Dwight Moody, Charles Spurgeon, and Billy Graham, read a book or biography or autobiography of the person, then write an essay telling what the person contributed to the Body of Christ and evangelisation. This is 1-6 electives in total.
Other electives will soon be listed here.