HISWAYS ® USA, Inc.
Returning the Bible & Wisdom principles to our public school children under the law.

Church discipleship training:
What is the expectation?
What is the reality?
~

Howard Hendricks, speaking in terms of spiritual knowledge, says the opposite of ignorance is not knowledge but obedience.   Implying that God wants to move us from ignorance, to knowledge, to obedience.   And where obedience might lead to salvation along the way; as in a reconciliation with God, as in a saving relationship with Him.   Recall Helen Keller's testimony of the time before she was educated that she could sense or feel that there was a Personal Presence in her; but she didn't know Who it was nor what was required of her.

Are parents today operating with the right assumptions?   Do we believe that our expectations for our child's spiritual training is sufficient in today's world?   If it is our desire that our children should be better off than we are, shouldn't we expect our children to have sufficiently more Wisdom to make better decisions than we did?   If they don't have the Wisdom & Discipline, if they don't get the Wisdom & Discipline, doesn't it follow that they will make the wrong decisions?   And more, worse decisions?  Trial and error is a hard taskmaster.

The following chart is a description of several examples of usual, typical or potential discipleship training scenarios for children of varying opportunities of church involvement.
The basic assumption for the chart is that:   Typically the minimum expectations for "studying a book" is:   reading a book "once through"; or studying a book through; or using a book as a textbook for a structured class.
Bible Study
Comparison 
Chart
Perfect
 Church
 Attendance
PK's1.
Ex.. A 
Church:
SS Super
Ex.. B
Church: Deacon
Ex.. C
Church:
Grandma
Ex.. D
Church:
Typical
Ex.. E
Church:
By Self 1.
Ex.. F
Church:
By Self 2.
Ex.. G
Family
Part-Time
Ex.. H
School
Class
Lessons/Wk.
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
5
3
% of a Chapter
Studied/Lesson
.50
.50
.25
.25
.25
.25
.25
.50
4
No. Weeks/Yr.
52
50
50
46
46
46
26
50
32
No. of Years 
of Training
K-12 =
13
13
13
13
2-8 Gr. = 
7
.
7
4-8 Gr. =
5
7
1
Chapters
Studied
1014
650
325
299
161
80.5
32.5
875
384
Total 
Bible Chapters
1189
1189
1189
1189
1189
1189
1189
1189
1189
Percent % 
Bible Studied
85%
55%
27%
25%
14%
7%
3%
74%
32%
"Once Through"
Potential:
K-12  PERFECT
Attendance 
didn't make it
 to 100% !
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
Never under
estimate your home training.
H.
1. PK means Preacher's Kids,  SS = Sunday School
Not counting part time home school (G), a one year Bible Class (H) would come in 3rd Place behind the PK's
Perfect Attendance!   And exceeds Examples B & C which are 13 years of "faithful" church attendance!

The ability, frequency and discipline of prayer taught in Examples A-G should not be minimized.
You can easily see that Item (H) is a source of hope for the parents & grandparents whereby a Bible Class has the potential to let the child "catch up" and therefore minimize the lack of regular church attendance.   Item (H) has the potential to let the child achieve almost "Once Through" Bible study with instruction in wisdom principles.   Item (H) although structured above for older kids, implies that Vacation Bible School (VBS) for younger children is quite appropriate and you might consider a Biblical World View Class (google) for your Middle or High School child! 

American Parents' Expectations:
At one point, the American public school system was mandated to introduce the Bible, especially, to the children of unchurched citizens, immigrants or laymen.  This mandate was originally required by the Northwest Ordinance of 1789; and, Thomas Jefferson as Superintendent of the local school district was privileged to provide Bible classes!  The mandate to teach the Bible took the form of required religious Bible classes.  The American School system was expected to teach Bible principles to the students and did so for 200+ years!  This was not considered an "establishment of a government religion" because:
1. There was no officially declared denomination; no "established religion".  All religion is private!  All denominations are independent of government!  (Except the Federal Church of the Public School.)
2. No one forced the students to believe it!  No one forced the students to join a religion.
3. The majority of the citizens & parents were highly in favor of it. (Majority approval & consent through the republic process.)
4.  Contrariwise it was the parents' extracurricular option to send their children to church confirmation classes to learn & understand their faith doctrines, to be formally presented with the gospel message and the opportunity to accept or reject faith in Jesus Christ!
.
We can easily see that prior to Everson v Board of Education, 1947  it was understood that the "separation of church and state" when applied to the student was actually a spiritual separation.   No other person or government can bridge that separation in actuality.  The Everson court, apparently ignorant of the Christian religion and the requirements of the spiritual nature of man, failed it's duty to the traditions of the American education system.
.
Also prior to Everson one of the purposes of the Bible Classes was to formally introduce foreign immigrant students, and second handedly their parents, to the God of America and the religion of Christianity for the purpose of helping them understand the people, faith, and liberties of their new nation that is especially blessed of God above all other nations.  Today's students and foreign immigrants can easily see that the vacated morality of the school campus has become a FRAUD that promotes bondage in vices and sin.  And that denial of God and the spirit realm is the place where Depravity is the house game; and greed is the object; and the wasteful destruction of children, people and families are its by-products.  Additional observations will test your assumptions of the "lines of influential authorities" over k-12 public school children in our [] 1. Calculation of Primary Influencers' (2001)  [] ; and then, see what happens in high school [HS]: [] Re-calculation of Primary Influencers In HS Kids. (2003).[] .
If you agree with the supposition that the Supreme Court unjustly denied God & Religion in schools and opened the gates for the perpetrators of Depravity in our schools, you might turn your righteous indignation toward protecting our children..   Perhaps you would be interested in working with HISways USA, Inc. or other local faith based ministries to get Constitutionally protected elective Bible Classes or other worthy programs into your public schools for the sake of your children.   It is not necessary to reinvent the wheel.   Our plan is to help spread the programs that already exist and are already operating successfully throughout the country.   We are interested in promoting and advertising those successful programs developed by other worthy organizations.
.
After briefly reviewing some of the National programs under the next major topic:
III.   What are the Public School Programs in  /USA/ [next link below]; check out your state for the availability of these resources under:
IV.   Active Programs by /STATES/ .   [The web-ring link following /USA/]
If these look interesting perhaps you would like to help us help your children.   Although the quantity of available public school programs is mind expanding, we recommend hanging in there until you get to the next major topic: i.e.
V.   Where to /START/ .   This short topic will help you keep the whole thing in perspective.
.

* The   II.   / History / Articles are concluded.  *

You're invited to select the next major web-ring topic with abstract 
or go to our Web Directory for a list of all of the major topics.
I. Introduction <<= ....  II. /History/ of Public School Bible.  ...=>> III. What are the Public School Ministry Programs in  /USA/ ?

© 1998-2009 HISways USA, Inc.,  http://Hisways.org/ | Search |   | Give |  | Repent| Top |  .RSS (monthly) - Click to Bookmark in FireFox
Emailto:Staff(a.t)HISways.org     /history/ 5discipl.htm - 22 Kb - First published: 02/04/99 ;  .
Italic magenta edits by ed.
PAGE PATH: