• • • Educational Philosophy • • •
Biblical illiteracy is a problem. Most people who claim to have faith in Jesus have not put in the necessary time to learn his Word, and in turn, understand their faith.
People get caught up in the practices of their faith institution, learning to appreciate the symbol, but having little to no idea about its biblical significance. The solution to the problem is not just access to the bible, but teaching people how to read it. It was biblical illiteracy that prevented people from understanding the prophets, and what led to persecuting them instead. It was biblical illiteracy that rejected Jesus, and condemned him to his death.
Jesus’s question to many of his opponents concerning “how” people read the bible is as relevant today as it was then. Enhancing biblical literacy comes through an intentional, regimented and rigorous program that gives students the tools to read the Word for themselves. It should give them the competence and confidence to give reason for what they believe, why they believe, and how it benefits all recipients of that Word.
Biblical literacy comes on the other end of long hours of study, prayer, dialogue and practice. It happens as we learn to deny ourselves and push a little harder for that understanding that could be just minutes away. The faculty and staff of the Institute of G.O.D. Int’l are committed to helping students along this path towards biblical literacy.
Biblical education should produce mature citizens of the Kingdom of God. This is a theological way of saying that God’s people should be actualizers of the will of God; benefits to the societies within which they live.
God’s concern for educating his people can be seen from the very beginning. It was his desire to walk with his children in the garden in the cool of day, and to educate his people at the foot Mount Sinai, to speak to them creatively through the prophets.
Ultimately, Jesus teaches us what it means to live for God, to be a child of God, to be human. Thus, he is the definitive lens by which we view the rest of Scripture. Our canonical reading of Scripture is through the lens of the revelation of Christ.
We also believe such an education should equip students with the practical capacities to make a difference for impoverished people in the developing world. Students are instructed in various missiological areas such as anthropology, linguistics, sustainable building, childbirth education, social work and public health, so they are competent to offer appropriate solutions to real needs--solutions that are not only effective, but also biblical, ethical and sustainable.
The best evidence of a quality education is the transformed life it produces. Students are not simply receptacles to be filled with information. They are individuals with history and personality, who possess the potential to change the world. Students are encouraged to think critically about how the systems of the world are organized and how the Bible speaks into these systems.
Teachers model what they teach and students get appropriate access to the everyday life of the teacher so they can see that their life matches their message.