“The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” Acts 23:11 ESV
For the last several weeks I have been making my way through the book of Acts. I have been so impressed by the words and works of the apostles. In this time of reading the book, I have been blown away by the same thing over and over. The men spoken of were ready to defend their faith at a moment notice and they were also ready to die for their defense. I tell our dialectic students often that this is one of my goals for them, that they would be men and women ready to give a defense of the Gospel and that they would be winsome about it. I have been wondering if a more intense look at Acts with our dialectic students would be beneficial. It seems to me that we are training them for some of the exact same moments presented to us throughout this book. We are striving to equip students with the thinking skills necessary to recognize sound arguments and ideas and to detect and correct fallacious ones. This stage addresses the questions of how and why.
We want your kids to be ready to give a defense and to be patient. To disagree but to honor the other person. To trust in the Lord so deeply that they live with their arms open willing to love and care for those around them. To be ready to tell others about the saving work of Jesus Christ.
Will you join me this week in praying for students in classical schools coming into and out of the dialectic stage? Let us pray over them the words of Paul as he wrote to Timothy:
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
May this be true of our students as they progress through the trivium for the glory of Jesus Christ and the good of man.
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