1 Corinthians 1:22-25 "For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength."

Education is vital. Education is vital because it teaches you how to think. Education is vital because it teaches you how to behave. Education is vital because it teaches you how to solve problems. So it is that God entrusts to fathers the education of their children, saying, "Fathers raise up you children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." God often uses the word discipline as a synonym for a well balanced education. And so God says that anyone who lacks discipline should look to their fathers, because fathers who love their children discipline them, and the only ones without discipline are the ones whose fathers do not claim them as their own, and so fail to discipline them. Hebrews 12:7-8 "For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons."
Much of education is devoted to problem solving, or decision making. For wisdom has shown us that while there are some things that we can teach the answers to, like addition and the multiplication table. There are other thing that are changing so rapidly that it would be difficult to teach the answers by rote memorization, so we teach principles for solving problems, and the logic of making a wise and informed decision.

We learn that there are 3 steps in this process: 1st- we acquire information, then we evaluate what we have gathered, and from this we come up with the implementation, or plan. So if we were going to buy a tractor, we would go to the dealer, talk to people to own them, talk to mechanics who fix them, evaluate the information, and make a decision. We use this process daily.

The problem that we run into, is that faith and the Gospel are no logical, and are not understood in the standard way. Learned people, according the worlds standard, have studied the Bible and decided that much of it is myth and legend. They have determined that Jesus didnít say much of what the Bible says he says, and he certainly didnít rise from the dead. Scripture tells us: 1Cor 15:17-20 "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep."

It is not logical that God should send his son to die for sinners. It is not logical for God to love those who rebel against him. It is not logical that God should give as a free gift the forgiveness and salvation that people work an entire life hoping to earn. And when it comes to education, it is not enough to know logic, if you do not know Jesus Christ as Lord, and Godís Word as the way of salvation, you will choose the wrong road and perish. And thatís the value of a Christian education, for it is not just knowing the way to solve problems, it is knowing the love of God in Jesus Christ, as we have heard it from the Word of God, and seen it in the examples of those who openly and daily live by faith, and trust in the Lord Jesus. This is the kind of training that God commands fathers to provide for their children, an education that leads to eternal life.

You see, even after so many years, we still have people demanding signs, and searching the signs, that they may know. We still have people seeking wisdom, for they can detect something missing in their lives. And the gospel is still foolishness and a stumbling block to all those who are trusting in themselves. Yet at the same time, the Gospel calls, gathers, enlightens, and sanctifies the whole Christian Church on earth, and keeps it with Jesus Christ in true faith, unto life everlasting.

You see, we know that we are sinners, but our hope is in Jesus Christ who died for our sins, and rose, that we too might rise from death into life, that all our sins be forgiven, that we may have life everlasting, and the peace of God which passes all understanding. And since we were bought with a price, we glorify God in our bodies. And since we are not our own, we live for him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light. And since God has commissioned us to make disciples of all nations, we put the word of God in our childrenís hands, teach them of Godís love in Jesus Christ, and train them in the way that they should go.