Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Learning Powers & Biblical Texts / Teachings

Our church primary school using the idea of Learning Powers. We are thinking about trying to link these to Biblical texts or teachings. Below is my rough 1st attempt (with some help from Facebook friends). Some of the texts are perhaps a bit of a stretch and some might have been used elsewhere. Any additional suggestions most welcome.

be creative

God as creator, humanity created in his image as creative (Genesis 1 esp vv26-28)

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law with the atonement cover on it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— the table and its articles, the pure gold lampstand and all its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, the basin with its stand— 10 and also the woven garments, both the sacred garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons when they serve as priests, 11 and the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them just as I commanded you.”” (Exodus 31:1-11)

be determined

The parable of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8)

Or see also Hebrews 12 below

“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” (Luke 9:51) – Jesus focusing on his mission – could also be used below – similarly Mark 1:35-39

focus on the goal

“24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last for ever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)

be curious

The boy Jesus at the temple (Luke 2:41-52) esp v46, “they found [Jesus] in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions”

“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” (Proverbs 25:2)

Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” (Mark 4:9)

work together

the church as one body with many parts, all needed - God gives his people a variety of gifts to be used for the good of all (1 Corinthians 12:4-31)

The defeat of the Amalakites (Exodus 17:1-16)

Moses appoints judges to share the load (Exodus 18)

make links

Everything is made and known by God

“The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1)

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!
34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay them?”
36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36)

“15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17)

“So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.” (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)

 be flexible

the Apostle Paul’s missionary strategy: “Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-22)

enjoy learning

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4)

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (Colossians 3:23)

The parable of the Sower (Mark 4)

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