Choosing to Live God's Ways
Year 10-12 Introduction
During this stage, as maturity sets in, students form a personal identity (“I am who I choose to be”). In terms of faith development, Westerhoff describes the great illumination or enlightenment that can take place for students during these years as ...Read More
Choosing what to believe (Head)
Why do we believe? And, do we have to make a choice? Does it matter if we don’t?
Students at this age are about to enter the final stages before becoming independent adults in their own right. Choosing what they believe and how they will live are no longer academic questions but determine all they will do with their life from this point forward. The call of the Gospel is not optional. Jesus, Mark 1:15, simply says, “Repent and believe the Gospel.” This is always true but takes on a special urgency at this time as students must now start making all their decisions for themselves.
Current issues of importance, e.g. reproductive technology, abortion, self-image, mental health and emotional wellbeing, sexuality/same sex marriage/homosexuality, evolution/science and religion, Islam/terrorism/religion/violence, religion in society, Israel & the Middle East, Christian schools/independent schools **Poverty is covered elsewhere but is not inappropriate here. Neither are issues like slavery, the refugee crisis or modern day sex trafficking. They are, however, more social justice issues.
Choosing how to live (Heart)
What does the Bible teach us about our identity, including womanhood/manhood and vocation? What has this to do with being created in the image of God?
We live in a society which is consumed by the question of who we are? Life ,and education, is construed as the search to find the answer to this question, coupled with getting as much as you can along the way.
The Bible, however, takes another approach. It tells us not just about God but also about ourselves. It deals with the questions of who we are, why we were created, how we are to live, where we are going, what is right and wrong and so on as being the foundation of reality in which the question of who we are finds its answer....
How does Jesus relate to the great ethical and moral issues of our age?
We are finite beings and as such will never be in the position of knowing everything. This is in contrast to God who does not reason in the same way we do because he knows. We, however, must make use of certain assumptions, which we may not be able to prove absolutely but which we use to reason on as we investigate the world around us. These assumptions make up our worldview and are the lens or perspective each of us uses to make decisions about the world. They are, however, largely hidden or unconscious. ......Most of us are unaware that our ethics, morality and values are derived from these assumptions. Even more than this, often our values are simply those of our family or the group we are associated with and are in conflict with what we say we believe.....
Choosing to make a difference (Hands)
This provides the context for what may be called Mission, the going into the world by the Christian in imitation of Christ and in obedience to the two great commands or commissions of the Bible..
The relationship between these two commissions is sometimes debated but if both are seen as expressions of love then their unity becomes evident. We reach out to help others in need of any kind kind because we love them, and we proclaim the Gospel, the good news concerning Jesus, also because we love them....
A practical project in the community, focusing on: action, reflection, humility, following the example of Jesus.....
What does the Bible teach us about leadership, responsibility and initiative, and how does it compare and contrast with leadership in the world today?
Leaders exert an enormous influence. One way history can be studied is by purely looking at leaders, the famous and infamous. Unfortunately the examples of poor, corrupt or even evil leadership are too numerous to number. Nations which have a concept of leadership at all levels which rejects corruption and sees it as a role of service to the community are blessed and their nation prospers...
The Bible, especially Jesus, has a great deal to say about leadership, both by example and by precept, and about related attitudes towards both God and others. Jesus stands out as our prime example and teacher but there are many examples, both good and bad, in the Old Testament and in the New Testament.
Beyond our own personal experience, are those larger Social Justice issues which involve not just a few people, but in some cases millions of people and which call us to stand up and be Christ's agents in the world. In Christ dying on the cross, God has not a philosophical answer to pain and suffering but he took action to set all people free......