Teaching for Transformation
An Exploration of the Through-Lines
God - Worshipping
Col. 1:10-13, Acts 17:28 Col 3:11 I Sam 12:24 John 4:24
Students understand that worshipping God is about celebrating who God is, what God has done and is doing, and what God has created. It is literally about standing in awe and wonder of knowledge of him and his promises. Students see this worship as a way of life.
Idolatry – Discerning
Deut. 11:6, I John 4:1 Romans 12:2, I Cor. 10:14
Students will understand that when other ‘things’ are more important to us than our relationship with God, they become idols.
Students will be challenged to identify, understand and discern the idols of our time and to then respond prophetically.
Earth – Keeping
Genesis 1:28 Isaiah 11:6 Psalm 65 Ezekiel 34:18-19
We need to respond to God’s call to be stewards of all of creation. God created the world and He gives us the opportunity to ‘manage’ it on His behalf! Amazing? Yes! Incredible? Yes! Easy? No!
Beauty – Creating
Genesis: God saw all that He had made and it was very good.
As image bearers of a creative God, we need to glorify and praise God by creating that which is beautiful or miraculous. This creativity that students offer as a sacrifice of praise isn’t optional but a joyful duty.
-Genesis says: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
Justice – Seeking
Psalm 106:3 Psalm 9:16 Isaiah 61: 1 & 8
Students will act as agents of change by identifying and responding to injustices.
Creation – Enjoying
Psalm 19 I Tim 4:4-5 Psalm 65:8
We will celebrate God’s beautiful creation. Creation enjoying is looking at, talking about, studying creation. Ordinary things become extraordinary when seen in a new way.
Order – Discovering
James 3:13, I John 3:16 Matthew 20:28 Matthew 25 Acts 20:35
We find harmony and order in God’s creation. We desire for students to see God’s fingerprints all over creation. There is purpose in God’s creation and we are able to discover this amazing order within it.
Community – Building
I Cor. 12:12 Ephesians 4:4 John 17: 22-23
We will be active pursuers and builders of communal shalom. Our classrooms will be communities of grace where students will walk and work together
Image – Reflecting
Genesis 1:27 II Cor 4:10 Gal 2:20 Matt 25
We bear the image of God in their daily lives. All humans are image reflectors.
While we don’t always ACT righteously, and while we don’t always DO things successfully, what we ARE is image bearers of God.
Servant – Working
James 3:13 I John 3:16 Matt 20:28 Matthew 25
We will work actively to heal brokenness and bring joy to individuals and to culture.
We need to see that we are called to look for ways in our learning to affect change, improve situations for people, build community, and meet needs.