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Theological Framework

  1. Christianity is all about God’s promise (Gen 3:15) given to human race through the promised seed of Abraham – Jesus Christ (Gal 3:16).
  2. Bible is not about biographical studies, facts, and events. It is ONE connected God’s story of salvation which He revealed chronologically and progressively to mankind.
  3. Christianity is not about knowledge, but about the relationship between man and God.
  4. The young generation has to be aware of their distorted image of God. Only by establishing an intimate relationship with God by His grace and through the power of His Spirit can they be restored to His image, and be reconciled to Him, to themselves, to others, and to the natural world.
  5. The ultimate purpose of God’s salvation is not for individual’s benefit (go to heaven), but for His glory as a whole, which we share in Christ as His inheritance (Eph. 1: 11-14, 18-23; Col 1: 12-20; 3:4; Rom 8:21, 30; Rev 21:23, 22:4-5).
  6. To glorify Him is to grow into His likeness (Eph 4:24, 5:1), be His witness (2 Tim 1:8), manifesting His characters and natures on earth (2 Cor 5:20), and be unified in His body (Jn 17:22-24; Rom 15:5-6).
  7. Moralities are not instructed through authorities. Instead, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit are naturally expressed: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
  8. Disbelief in Christ would never lead students to the truth even if they searched through the Scripture. (Jn 5:38-40)  As such, leading students to Christ is the key to attain all knowledge.
  9. Only when the young generation realizes about their identity as “God’s people,” and “the saints (Rom 1:7; 1 & 2 Cor 1:1; Eph 1:1 etc.),” who have been purchased with Christ’s precious blood (Acts 20:28), can they have the right response to God.

True Learning

  1. True learning transforms life and makes students grow independently in both spiritual life and knowledge as a whole.  It has limitless boundaries and allows students to go beyond their teachers.
  2. Being able to learn independently is the ultimate goal of an education.
  3. Learning independently is vital to adapt to this fast changing world.

Teacher’s Role

  1. Only God, the Holy Spirit is the Teacher.  We are just His instruments to facilitate a learning environment for the Spirit to work among the students.
  2. Teachers are to inspire, to guide, and to facilitate the learning process, rather than to command and to transfer information.
  3. The primary subject to learn from is the Scripture, not the teachers. Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of Christians.
  4. Teachers are the shepherds, not the judges.  Jesus came to seek for sinners, not the righteous (Matt 9:13).
  5. Teachers are the ambassadors of Christ who mediate between students and God.
  6. Good shepherds feel compassion for the lost sheep and never condemn, but heal them (Matt 9:36; 20:34).
  7. Teachers must be spiritual qualified and serve as role models. Without a right relationship with God, one would never be able to guide others.

Nature of the Student

  1. Every child is unique. Students encounter different challenges and problems in their individual lives.
  2. Students’ learning ability and spiritual maturity differ from one another.
  3. Establishing an intimate relationship with God is crucial for every child to know Him more, grow in Him, love Him more and serve Him more.
  4. Only by having an intimate relationship with God, being led by His Spirit, can one produce the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Gal 5:22-25)

Methodologies

  1. Every class must begin and end with a prayer since God, the Holy Spirit is the One who teaches and guides both the teacher and the student.
  2. Helping students to discover why they need God’s Word and how can they relate His Word to their lives is far more important than simply commanding them to obey the instructions.
  3. Self-confidence is vital in independent learning. Teachers are to help students develop their self-confidence in discovering, interpreting, and understanding the passages themselves during the learning process.
  4. Inductive method and asking questions (5W & 1H) are powerful ways to help students expose their misconceptions and to clarify the message/truth.  Most importantly, these methods make them think and help them learn independently.