Drinking Deeply

Monday, June 06, 2005 at 1:54 AM

Training to become a man

This is an interesting article about how one person helped to raise his sons in a Christian household. I can't help but think that those children must be miles ahead of me as well as most Christians.

Some of what the kids are able to do because of their training:

"In what does the training consist? Christian manhood is the goal. The training must match the goal. So we set for them projects. They acquire and demonstrate skill in each of several overlapping areas.

  1. Knowledge of the contents of the Bible.

    • Know the names of books of the Bible in order.

    • Know Bible history.

    • Read the Bible all the way through.

    • Know main themes of biblical books.

    • Understand how Biblical teaching centers on Christ.

    • Know Greek and Hebrew (amount of knowledge tailored to the child's ability)

  2. Memorization of selected verses and passages of the Bible.

  3. Knowledge of the major teachings of the Bible (doctrine).

    • Memorize a children's catechism as a summary of doctrine.

    • Be able to explain doctrines and respond to questions using one's own words.

  4. Personal piety.

    • Using devotional materials

    • Prayer diary

    • Day-long personal retreat for prayer and fasting with Daddy

    • Growth in understanding of means for overcoming sin

  5. Projects of service and mercy.

    • Serving the church; serving the needy.

  6. Wisdom in dealing with various spheres of life.

    • Finances: tithing, drawing up a year-long budget; checkbook balancing; investing.

    • Etiquette: table etiquette, greeting etiquette, letter etiquette, conversational etiquette, sexual etiquette.

    • Apologetics: answering questions and objections about Christian faith; understanding the Christian world view and the main competing worldviews and ideas in the United States.

    • Sexuality: knowing Christian teaching and standards for thoughts and actions. Understanding how God designed male and female bodies."

Wow, I'm not able to do or understand most of that. Deng.

1 Timothy 4
7Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10For to this end we toil and strive,[b] because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

11Command and teach these things. 12Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15Practice these things, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. 16Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.

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Anonymous Bill said...

Me neither!

Books of Bible - Check
Memorization of select verses/passages - Chrck
Most of the rest -UNCheck
Better get started!  

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