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It is oten said that the later New Testament writings would not have been necessary i the earlychurch had been problem-ree. The educational style o the letters is corrective: You did A; youshould be doing B.Paul reminded the Romans that teaching was a specifc git (see 12:7). Ephesians 4:11 links the gito teaching to pastoring. An elder should be able to teach. The teacher should be a “reliable man”(see Timothy 2:2), known or integrity, seriousness and soundness o speech (see Titus 2:7).Further recurring themes include an admonition against alse doctrine (see Timothy 1:3) and alseteachers (see 2 Peter 2:1); and a desire to move on rom elementary to mature, or more complex,matters (see Hebrews 5:11—6:2).
a Christian PersPeCtive
on learning and education cannot be built solely upon thesereerences. Also crucial is an understanding o the biblical basis o reedom and opportunity thatGod gives equally to all. Key passages include the creation narratives and the reminder in Galatians3:28 that we are all one in Christ Jesus. We are all here to populate and look ater the earth, andwe are all equally responsible or that. So i one person does not have the same opportunity asanother to learn how best to live, then we are denying that person the reedom God originally gavehim or her to be equally responsible.
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