Saturday, November 15, 2014

Teach by Faith

What does it mean to teach by faith? The title of this blog derives from my philosophy that I teach by faith. I have wanted to be a teacher since I was about seven years old, and I would help my mom in the classroom after school. My best friend and I would help in the library in elementary school. In high school, I aided for a teacher, and by the time I graduated, I knew I wanted to go to a Concordia for a degree in education.

As teachers, we teach by many things. We teach by the standards of education. We teach by the assessments we give. We teach by the lesson plans we use. We teach by the curriculum. We teach by the school handbooks and state laws. In Lutheran schools, we teach by something that is greater than any of these - faith.

All of the above are very important, but that is not what makes Lutheran schools great. We are great because of an awesome God! For it is by faith that we teach by our worship on Sunday mornings. We teach by our personal devotions with the Lord and our prayers. We teach by the daily time our students spend in religion classes and integrating faith into other subjects. We teach by our interactions with others.

At times, we fail. Yet, we awesome God has also sent his Son to die cross for our sins so that we may freely serve Him! How will you be more intentional about teaching by faith this week?