What We Are
The Christian Education Department is a community of believers under
the leadership of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It exists in and
for the benefit and betterment of God's people. It is organized and
shall operate exclusively as an Auxiliary of the Way of the Cross
Church of Christ, International. It is the teaching instrument of
the Way of the Cross and shall operate solely within the
jurisdiction of the same.
Sunday School Ministry
Paul didn't have much trouble identifying
his role model in life. When it came to identifying an overall
attitude to emulate, he looked expressly to Jesus and expected
everyone else to do the same.
"Your attitude should be the same as that of
Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider
equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as man, he humbled himself and became
obedient to death, even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:5-8)
other than those seen in Jesus can be damaging to a fellowship of a
body of believers. Consider these attitudes that rear their ugly
heads from time to time.
An Unforgiving Spirit:
Even the disciples had trouble understanding the
need for forgiveness. Peter asked Jesus for a limit on the
number of times he must forgive. Jesus made it clear that
forgiveness was not merely an act, but a way of thinking.
Keeping track of how many times one has forgiven defeats the
purpose of a forgiving spirit. The willingness to forgive others
shows an understanding of one's own need for forgiveness.
Jealousy or Envy:
The Old Testament records several stories of jealousy between
family members that led to deceit and even murder. Jealousy and
envy are included in the lists of common vices throughout Paul's
letters in the New Testament. In James 3:16, James regarded envy
as a source of disorder and evil practice. Christians may find
themselves jealous of other believers who are receiving
attention they themselves desire, or those who seem to receive
more than their share of blessings. Envy disrupts loving
relationships in the family of God in numerous ways.
In an interview of superstar tenors Jose Carrerras, Placido
Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti, a reporter tried to emphasize the
issue of competition between the trio. Instead, he received this
reply from Domingo:
"You have to put all of your concentration into opening your
heart to the music. You can't be rivals when you're together
making music." These three men have discovered the secret of
relating without jealousy.
biblical example of prejudicial attitude is evident when
Nathanael, upon hearing that Jesus was from Nazareth, responded
"Nazareth! Can anything good come from there? (John 1:46) His
attitude could have prevented him from meeting Jesus! Our
prejudice prevents us from developing relationships with others,
even other believers, as we prejudge them.
Prejudice may manifest itself in many forms: racial,
educational, economic, cultural, sexual, etc. Prejudice exists
any time we allow differences (perceived or otherwise) to
prevent interaction with others. Paul made a definitive
statement against prejudice in Galatians 3:28: "There is neither
Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all
one in Christ Jesus.'' We act against the Word of God when we
allow these kinds of differences to separate us. What a tragic
occurrence in the body of Christ.''
Pride: Jesus told a
parable of two men who went to the temple to pray. One was a
Pharisee who prayed about himself and the virtues he saw in
himself. The other was a tax collector who humbly prayed for
forgiveness from sins. The Pharisee was not really speaking to
God, but telling those within earshot of his fine religious
behavior. The tax collector, however, prayed to God with
confession an attitude of repentance. Jesus declared the tax
collector justified before God, for only those who humble
themselves will be exalted.
Pride has a tendency to blind us to our faults, and it can come
in many forms: pride in abilities, in life experiences,
financial attainment, culture or race. Jesus denounced it, for
it separates all people, even Christians.
By being aware of which attitudes are Christ-like and which ones
are not, you and other leaders can hold each other accountable
in your service. Remember the way Christ approached His task on
Earth, and apply it to your own calling so you can be the best
Preschool Sunday School
The word "discipline" is the best word to
describe the process of helping a child grow as Jesus grew. In Luke
2:52, the Bible tells us that "Jesus grew in wisdom, stature and
favor with God and man." The process of developing discipline allows
a child to grow in what and how he thinks, in how he treats his body
and how he relates to God and people around him.
"Discipline" should not be confused with the word
"punishment." "Discipline" comes from the word matheteno,
which means "to become a pupil" or "to disciple, to teach." This
word is very positive, so "discipline" and "punishment" are not
Consider the differences in discipline and
Shapes the child's future decisions
Punishes the child's past behavior
Encourages personal responsibility
Based on expectations of the adults in
Seeks natural consequences for behavior
Seeks an arbitrary negative
reinforcement for behavior
Encourages appropriate behavior
Discourages inappropriate behavior
Love, concern, disappointment
Child feels adults' concern
Discipline becomes a system of consistent choices,
consequences and boundaries. Discipline's ultimate goal is
self-discipline. In other words, when left alone, the child will
make right choices based on what is right, not based on the
likelihood of being caught.
The focus of discipline is to create an
environment for the child to own his behavior and look down the road
at the consequences of his behavior. This can be accomplished by
creating a track record of right choices and personal
responsibility. The question every teacher should ask is "What can
the child learn from this situation?" rather than "How can I punish
him for what he did?"
Simple Questions You Can Ask
|Is there something wrong
with this picture? Is my child sick,
tired or hungry? It is difficult for a child to think clearly
when they have basic needs unmet. |
|What is the cause of
this behavior? Sometimes parents treat
the symptoms instead of the cause. With middle and younger
preschoolers, it may be the environment or something in the
environment that is tempting them to misbehave. Remove the item.
|How many times have I
said this? Two statements: "Say what
you mean and mean what you say" and "Don't start something you
can't finish." Consistency is the key to helping your child
become self-disciplined. |
|Are their appropriate
choices here? OK, it is time to go to
bed. Rather than saying, "Casey are you ready for bed?" Say:
"Casey, it is time for bed. Would you like to brush your teeth
first or put on your pajamas?" |
|What are the logical
consequences of the action? Attempt to
find consequences that fit the action. Example: You tell the
children to pick up the toys before bedtime. You discover that
they did not. Put the toys in a bag and place them in the attic
for a day. |
|Did they understand?
Young children do not speak adult.
Make sure the children understand. |
God has given parents the authority to guide their children toward a
disciplined lifestyle of service to Him and others. Teachers and
parents should not get that confused with ruthless power. Shaping a
child in the image of God takes the patience and wisdom to look at
the growth over time, not just in one instance. Remember the same
heat that boils an egg just right can also crack and destroy it.