The Word Study: Defining a Biblical Worldview — The word study involves more than going to a dictionary to define a word. It is the method of scholarship that puts the student on the pathway of developing the habits of reflective thinking and deductive reasoning from Scripture. The word study places the truths of God’s Word at the center of all learning, which illuminates the understanding and consecrates the mind.
- Builds vocabulary
- Increases reading comprehension and verbal scores
- Establishes precise word usage in written and oral communication
- Cultivates the habit of critical thinking
- Produces deductive reasoning skills — cause (internal) to effect (external)
- Sharpens discernment of truth from error
- Inculcates lifetime habits of scholarship and aids in establishing a Biblical worldview
- Research: The word is defined, using Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, key words are identified within the definition, and the key words are defined. Each word is then researched using a Bible concordance.
- Reason: A definition of the word is written in your own words.
- Relate: Application of the definition and the Biblical principles deduced are written, according to the intended purpose and your own life.
- Record: The completed work is filed in your notebook
- Bring: to attract or draw along.
- Instruction: the act of teaching or informing the understanding in that of which it was before ignorant; conveying knowledge
- Formation: the act of forming or making; the act of creating or causing to exist; shaping and giving form
- Discipline: education; instruction and government; correction
- Enlighten: to shed light on; to enable to see more clearly; to instruct; to enable to see or comprehend truth
- Correct: to make right; to bring to the standard of truth; to bring back to propriety in morals
- Form: to set; to fix; to fit; to shape; to adjust
- Habit: a condition of the mind or body acquired by frequent repetition of the same act
- Religious: godly; loving and reverencing the Supreme Being and obeying his precepts
- Responsibility: the state of being accountable or answerable
- Duty: that which a person owes to another; obedience; submission; act of reverence or respect
Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.Job 22:22 Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.
Proverbs 8:7 For my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
Hebrews 12:28 Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe . . .
Romans 16:19 For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress [teach] them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Philosophy of Education
Finally, using the above definitions of education and the Scripture references, I have developed my very own philosophy of education —
The first goal of Christian Education is the development of a Biblical worldview (Romans 12:2). The Bible is the primary source of all learning and through it’s principles of truth, we may be thoroughly equipped for all good service ((2 Timothy 3:16-17). As Ben’s parents, we are accountable, out of submission to God, to apply the instruction of these truths to Ben’s heart (Job 22:22) as we go through our day (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), so that he may be obedient to God, wise to what is good, innocent to what is evil (Romans 16:19) and prepared for whatever God has planned for his future (Jeremiah 29:11). For this reason, it is imperative that he be at home with us as his primary influence and that our influence be one that utters truth, not wickedness (Proverbs 8:7) and is grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, offering to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28).