Reflections on “the Biblical Model” for Discipleship
As Christian disciple makers, we would do well to remember that merely developing a curriculum simply for the purpose of conveying information will not suffice. God created us in His image, and just as Jesus loved us and commanded us to love our God with all our heart, mind and soul (Mark 12:30), those whom we disciple and teach need the engagement of all three aspects of their humanity to fully grasp the depth of God’s Word. The importance of developing Christian education is founded on the teachings of the Bible and as Paul mentions, that the educator may find strength in the Lord in the process (Col. 1:28-29). As Estep writes, “Christian formation is the …show more content…
Mitchell calls this: “preach what you practice” (Mitchell 2010, Kindle Locations 6410). Byrd relates this another way, “The process of telling their stories provided a context in which participants critically reflected on formerly disconnected, yet profound, life events” (Byrd 2011, 246).
Resources for Learning The four key sources are critical for developing an appropriate level and content of curriculum for the Christian educator. All four elements of tradition, observation, participation and inspiration in Christian education work in concert to convey the message
In light of the teaching and instruction from 1 Corinthians 1-2, 2 Peter 1, and Romans 15:18, we see four sources for curriculum development emerge. These four sources are vital in the process of creating a curriculum for the disciple-makers message that are balance, cognizant of the differences in individual learning styles and cultural background, considers the experience of the educator in the process and fully relies on the Holy Spirit for guidance and inspiration. In future disciple-making activities I will strive to employ all four sources to better communicate the gospel message and develop mature disciples for Christ. Attempting to use all four sources will take time and patience to properly plan the message and develop the most effective curriculum for learning while also employing the