Homeschool How and Why

Homeschool How and Why

Voddie Baucham
Dun Laoghaire Evangelical Church, Ireland – June 24, 2016

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The Wrong Why’s to Home Educate

  • Home schoolers have higher test scores
  • Home schoolers have higher college GPAs
  • Home schoolers need to escape the evil of government schooling

The God of Sport in Education

“We would homeschool, but our kids are very talented, and they have an opportunity to make a lot of money. So, we’re not going to [homeschool] and instead, send them to a place where our true worship can be expressed more fully.”

The Correct Why’s to Home Educate

We are convinced by Scripture that home education is what parents are called to do

  • Home Education is not just preferable, it is Biblical.
  • Though not everyone can or must home educate, Christians are obligated to give their children a Christian education.
    • No Christian should use government schools unless there is some circumstance in their life that forces them to do so (divorce, etc.).
  • Government education is anti-Christian by federal mandate.
  • We must view education as discipleship. Whomever educates, disciples.
    • These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. – Deuteronomy 6:6-7, CSB
    • A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. – Luke 6:40, CSB
  • We must protect our children from ungodly influence when we can.
    • How happy is the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. – Psalm 1:1-2, CSB
    • The fool says in his heart, “There’s no God.” They are corrupt; they do vile deeds. There is no one who does good. – Psalm 14:1, CSB
      • Counter-argument: “But my school is different…”
        • Good and godless do not mix.
      • The one who walks with the wise will become wise, but a companion of fools will suffer harm. – Proverbs 13:20, CSB
        • Counter-argument: “But our children must learn to cope in an ungodly world.”
          • Woe to the world because of offenses. For offenses will inevitably come, but woe to that person by whom the offense comes. – Matthew 18:7, CSB
          • It is not our job to tempt our children, but instead prepare and disciple them.
          • The counter-argument view assumes discipleship cannot be accomplished fully and appropriately without godlessness.
        • We must avoid unbiblical teaching when we can.
          • Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2, CSB
            • The most conforming exercise known to man is education.
          • For although we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh, since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ. – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, CSB
          • Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ. – Colossians 2:8, CSB
          • Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding irreverent and empty speech and contradictions from what is falsely called knowledge. By professing it, some people have departed from the faith. Grace be with you all. – 1 Timothy 6:22
        • We must teach God’s law.
          • Counter-argument: “But Matthew 5:13-14…our children should be salt and light in the schools.”
            • Your unconverted children?
            • Your [converted] children are not called to be salt and light, Matthew 5:13-14 says they are salt and light.
            • Immediately after Matthew 5:13-14, Jesus commands us to not be taught by people who don’t uphold the law of God.
              • Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 5:19, CSB
            • When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test him: “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” – Matthew 22:34-40, CSB
            • If we don’t teach the law of God, children won’t recognize their own unrighteousness.
            • Government schools reinforce the self as the standard of righteousness, also known as no standard.
            • If we don’t teach the law of God, children won’t understand righteousness when Christ forms it in them as believers.
          • We must always be Gospel centered, because the Law is not an end unto itself.
            • For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith. – Romans 1:16-17, CSB
            • I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him! – Galatians 1:6-9, CSB
          • We must be good stewards.
            • They questioned him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, and you don’t show partiality but teach truthfully the way of God. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” But detecting their craftiness, he said to them, “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” “Caesar’s,” they said. “Well then,” he told them, “give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” – Luke 20:21-25, CSB
              • Who’s likeness and inscription is written upon our children?
              • We must not render our children unto Caesar
            • Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the Lord watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain. In vain you get up early and stay up late, working hard to have enough food— yes, he gives sleep to the one he loves. Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, offspring, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one’s youth. Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. They will never be put to shame when they speak with their enemies at the city gate. – Psalm 127, CSB
            • Didn’t God make them one and give them a portion of spirit? What is the one seeking? Godly offspring. So watch yourselves carefully, so that no one acts treacherously against the wife of his youth. – Malachi 2:15, CSB

We understand the roles and responsibilities of parents

  • Children, obey your parents in the Lord, because this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may have a long life in the land. Fathers, don’t stir up anger in your children, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:1-4, CSB
    • Parents are the only ones commanded by scripture to instruct their children.
    • Instruction of our children is a family jurisdiction, not the state.
    • Only examples of state education in scripture is coerced (Daniel, Shadrack, Joseph, etc.)
  • Parents represent God’s authority in the lives of their children.
  • Parents model Christ’s relationship to the church through their marriage.
  • Parents bring children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
  • Parents preach the Gospel to their children with a view toward conversion.

We desire to advance the Kingdom of God

  • We do not home educate to escape or retreat
    • We are beggars telling other beggars where we found bread
    • We do not dare keep the freedom of the Gospel secret to a world desperately needing it
  • We are residents of the Kingdom of God
    • He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. – Col. 1:13-14, CSB
  • We are heirs to the Kingdom of God
    • Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Didn’t God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? – James 2:5, CSB
  • We are seeking the Kingdom of God
    • So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. – Matthew 6:31-33, CSB
  • We are preaching the Kingdom of God
    • This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. – Matthew 24:14, CSB
  • We are anticipating the consummation of the Kingdom of God
    • The seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven saying, The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever. – Revelation 11:15, CSB
    • “Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, your name be honored as holy. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. – Matthew 6:9-13, CSB
  • Our homes aren’t safe rooms from the world, they are a Gospel armory from where we equip our children with as much spiritual weaponry as possible to wreck the forces of darkness in this world.

We desire to bless the kingdom of man

  • Our children are launched into this world with the Gospel, bringing healing and hope.
  • We equip our children with a vision to advance the Kingdom of God and bless the Kingdom of Man.
  • We tell and show our children the world is lost and hopeless, so we educate our children ourselves, that they may help alleviate the world’s lost and hopeless status.

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