June 17, 2012 – June 23, 2012
“Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.” II Timothy 2:1, 2.
Study Help: Testimonies, vol. 7, 146–148; Ibid., vol. 4, 648–653; Education, 45–50; Patriarchs and Prophets, 592–602.
“He [the Lord] has called us out from the world that we may be witnesses for His truth, and all through our ranks young men and women should be trained for positions of usefulness and influence.” Testimonies, vol. 6, 135.
1 FURTHER EDUCATION
- What was God’s plan for the education of the Hebrews, and how was advanced education made available for those called to teach? Psalm 32:8; Malachi 2:7.
Note: “The great truths of God’s providence and of the future life were impressed on the young [Hebrew] mind. It was trained to see God alike in the scenes of nature and the words of revelation. …
“Such was the training of Moses in the lowly cabin home in Goshen; of Samuel, by the faithful Hannah; of David, in the hill dwelling at Bethlehem; of Daniel, before the scenes of the captivity separated him from the home of his fathers. Such, too, was the early life of Christ at Nazareth; such the training by which the child Timothy learned from the lips of his grandmother Lois, and his mother Eunice (II Timothy 1:5; 3:15), the truths of Holy Writ.
“Further provision was made for the instruction of the young, by the establishment of the schools of the prophets. If a youth desired to search deeper into the truths of the word of God and to seek wisdom from above, that he might become a teacher in Israel, these schools were open to him.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 592, 593.
2 MISSIONARY TRAINING
- What reveals the power of godliness exerted by the schools of the prophets? I Samuel 19:20–23; II Kings 2:7, 11, 15.
Note: “In the highest sense the prophet was one who spoke by direct inspiration, communicating to the people the messages he had received from God. But the name was given also to those who, though not so directly inspired, were divinely called to instruct the people in the works and ways of God. For the training of such a class of teachers, Samuel, by the Lord’s direction, established the schools of the prophets.
“These schools were intended to serve as a barrier against the wide-spreading corruption, to provide for the mental and spiritual welfare of the youth, and to promote the prosperity of the nation by furnishing it with men qualified to act in the fear of God as leaders and counselors. To this end, Samuel gathered companies of young men who were pious, intelligent, and studious. These were called the sons of the prophets. As they studied the word and the works of God, His life-giving power quickened the energies of mind and soul, and the students received wisdom from above. The instructors were not only versed in divine truth, but had themselves enjoyed communion with God, and had received the special endowment of His Spirit.” Education, 46.
“The chief subjects of study in these schools [of the prophets] were the law of God, with the instruction given to Moses, sacred history, sacred music, and poetry.” Ibid., 47.
- In our day, what distinguishes the missionary school or college from the intermediate school? Hebrews 5:12–14.
Note: “Intermediate schools are highly essential. In these schools thorough work is to be done; for many students will go forth from them directly into the great harvest field. They will go forth to use what they have learned, as canvassers and as helpers in various lines of evangelistic work. Many workers, after laboring for a time in the field, will feel the need of further study, and with the experience gained in the field will be prepared to value school privileges and to make rapid advancement. Some will desire an education in the higher branches of study. For these our colleges have been established.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 203.
3 EDUCATE, EDUCATE, EDUCATE!
- In view of the solemnity of the present hour, what do God’s people urgently need? II Timothy 2:1, 2.
Note: “Workers are to be trained who will train and educate others. Thus the good work will go forward, and whole communities will be blessed. Men and women will be brought into the fold at the eleventh hour, and if they are earnest and faithful, the Lord will accept them and work through them. As they put on Christ, their minds are filled with the treasures of heavenly truth, which they give to others, to be given by them to still others.” The Review and Herald, May 13, 1902.
- When converted to Christ, what do we value, and on what themes can we focus to bless others? Isaiah 29:24; I Corinthians 14:31.
Note: “Students who expect to become workers in the cause of God should be trained to speak in a clear, straightforward manner, else they will be shorn of half their influence for good. The ability to speak plainly and clearly, in full, round tones, is invaluable in any line of work. This qualification is indispensable in those who desire to become ministers, evangelists, Bible workers, or canvassers. Those who are planning to enter these lines of work should be taught to use the voice in such a way that when they speak to people about the truth, a decided impression for good will be made. The truth must not be marred by being communicated through defective utterance.” Testimonies, vol. 6, 380.
“Students should be given an education that will fit them for successful business life. The common branches of education should be fully and thoroughly taught. Bookkeeping should be looked upon as of equal importance with grammar.” Sermons and Talks, vol. 1, 281, 282.
“A knowledge of science of all kinds is power, and it is in the purpose of God that advanced science shall be taught in our schools as a preparation for the work that is to precede the closing scenes of earth’s history.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 186.
“He [God] is also calling for many recruits to enter our medical missionary training schools to gain a speedy and thorough preparation for service. Some need not spend so long a time in these schools as do others.” Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 469, 470.
4 VITAL AREAS OF STUDY
- How can history be of great value in our missionary schools? Isaiah 52:10; I Corinthians 1:27–29. What else is important as well?
Note: “There is a study of history that is not to be condemned. Sacred history was one of the studies in the schools of the prophets. … We are to consider the dealings of God with the nations of the earth. We are to see in history the fulfillment of prophecy, to study the workings of Providence in the great reformatory movements, and to understand the progress of events in the marshaling of the nations for the final conflict of the great controversy.” The Ministry of Healing, 441, 442.
“All our denominational colleges and training schools should make provision to give their students the education essential for evangelists and for Christian business men.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 489.
- What can we learn from an experience at a missionary school in the time of Elisha, showing God’s care in humble situations? II Kings 6:1–7.
Note: “The minister, the missionary, the teacher, will find their influence with the people greatly increased when it is manifest that they possess the knowledge and skill required for the practical duties of everyday life. And often the success, perhaps the very life, of the missionary depends on his knowledge of practical things. The ability to prepare food, to deal with accidents and emergencies, to treat disease, to build a house, or a church if need be—often these make all the difference between success and failure in his lifework.” Education, 221.
“There should be connected with our missions, training schools for those who are about to enter the field as laborers. They should feel that they must become as apprentices to learn the trade of laboring for the conversion of souls. The labor in these schools should be varied. The study of the Bible should be made of primary importance, and at the same time there should be a systematic training of the mind and manners, that they may learn to approach people in the best possible way. All should learn how to labor with tact and with courtesy, and with the Spirit of Christ.” Evangelism, 107, 108.
5 TRAINING IN EVERY CORNER
- How can our institutions promote the expansion of God’s work through education? Isaiah 41:6.
Note: “Clear light has been given that our educational institutions should be connected with our sanitariums wherever this is possible. The work of the two institutions is to blend.” Counsels on Diet and Foods, 450.
“God designs that our publishing houses shall be successful educating schools, both in business and in spiritual lines. … Let opportunity be given for all to acquire the greatest possible efficiency. Let them become acquainted with different lines of work so that, if called to other fields, they will have an all-round training and thus be qualified to bear varied responsibilities.
“Apprentices should be so trained that, after the necessary time spent in the institution, they can go forth prepared to take up intelligently the different lines of printing work.” Testimonies, vol. 7, 147.
“The apprentices and the other workers must not be so rushed and hurried that they have no time to pray. The youth in our publishing houses should be educated as were the youth in the schools of the prophets. They should be prepared to take hold of the work in new places.” Ibid., vol. 8, 93.
“The Lord calls upon those connected with our sanitariums, publishing houses, and schools to teach the youth to do evangelistic work. Our time and energy must not be so largely employed in establishing sanitariums, food stores, and restaurants that other lines of work will be neglected. Young men and young women who should be engaged in the ministry, in Bible work, and in the canvassing work should not be bound down to mechanical employment.” Ibid., 229, 230.
PERSONAL REVIEW QUESTIONS
1 Why can we say God’s plan of education is perfect in its simplicity?
2 Why is intermediate education sufficient for some, but not for all?
3 What studies are vital in preparing laborers for the harvest?
4 Why are practical skills so important for missionaries?
5 Name one reason why rivalry must be banished from institutions.
© 2005 Reformation Herald Publishing Association, Roanoke, Virginia. Reprinted by permission.