Planting God’s Word in
Children’s Hearts

April 1, 2024 0 comments
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Words of Encouragement from Chancellor Gordon Robertson

The goal of families in ancient Athens was to properly instruct their children so they could become good citizens of the city. It’s interesting to note that the Greek word to describe this process, paideia, is used by Apostle Paul when instructing believers about raising their children. 

He writes in Ephesians 6:4, “Bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord” (NKJV). The New Living Translation uses the words “discipline” and “instruction.” Paul is saying that Christian families should make sure their children are raised according to the word, so they can become good citizens of God’s Kingdom.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden” (NKJV). For generations, America’s goal was to be that “city” set apart from other nations. The aim was to be an example, for all people, of what could happen when a country obeys the Bible’s commandments and instructions. 

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden

Matthew 5:14 (NKJV)

McGuffey Readers was a popular series of textbooks in the mid-1800s and early 1900s, selling millions of copies. It was the standard for education—and a profoundly Christian model for teaching children. But over the years, there has been a gradual erosion of these values. Building good citizens and raising children “in the training and admonition of the Lord” are no longer primary goals of America’s public education system. 

Today’s priorities are vastly different from what they once were. That’s why it’s essential to train the next generation of educators to become Christian leaders to change the world for God’s glory. Your generous support for Regent University ensures that alumni from our School of Education will help fulfill the promise found in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Regent University needs your continued support to equip even more students to become tomorrow’s teachers and administrators. Click here now to help us expand our efforts to transform classrooms and impact students around the globe through Christian servant-leadership.

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