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Back To School
By Rock Church - August 17, 2004

Well boys and girls, it's that time again, the moment you've looked forward to all summer long…the "Back to School" Rock Article! Our first days in kindergarten taught us that fall marks the beginning of football season, and also that some school thingy will begin for another year of learning. Regardless of whether or not you've concluded your schooling, or if you're just beginning, this article will change your life forever!

Communication research tells us that people tend to remember 20 percent of what they hear, 30 percent of what they see, 50 percent of what they hear and see, and 80 percent of what they hear, see, and do. I actually heard that somewhere, so there's a 20 percent chance that I've forgotten the statistic.

School 101

The New England Primer was first in 1690 and was still used in the 1900's
The New England Primer was first in 1690 and was still used in the 1900's

The origins of schooling as we know it date back only a few hundred years. In Biblical times, and in numerous past societies, most "schooling" was verbal. Teachings consisted of God's word, which was essentially a history lesson.

When Jesus taught, it was basically schooling for the masses. People would come in multitudes from various lands to hear him speak. It wasn't your typical "classroom" setting, but more so sitting down among thousands to hear the Son of God teach about salvation. I can guarantee it was a bit more life changing then being cooped up in a small room learning the Pythagorean theorem.

Even when schooling became a legal requirement in America (which began in larger New England towns in the early 1700's), the Bible was the main source of teaching. The only "main" book schools had for instruction other than the Bible was the New England Primer which taught reading and catechism. We can thank our "Man of the people" Thomas Jefferson for advocating free public education.

Knowledge is Power

As cliché as it may sound, knowledge is power, and continual learning will always benefit you. Being well read and wise in worldly matters is usually beneficial, however, seeking spiritual wisdom and putting God's word into action always pleases the Lord.

Luke 8:21 quotes Jesus saying, My mother and my brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice.

This profound statement is reiterated later in Luke 11:28, Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it. The more we grow in the knowledge of what Christ wants of us, the better witnesses and stronger Christians we can be to others.

Paul commends the Romans for learning God's word and being ready to share the gospel. In Romans 15:14 Paul states, I myself am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, and able to instruct one another. Seek God's wisdom knowing that in it you will be blessed, your faith will be strengthened, you'll and able to correctly instruct one another.

Graduation!!!

It's a good thing Milton Bradley's lithographs never sold or we may never have been able to play Life®, Twister®, Yahtzee®, or Memory®
It's a good thing Milton Bradley's lithographs never sold or we may never have been able to play Life®, Twister®, Yahtzee®, or Memory®

Whether you're preparing to graduate with your Ph.D or you're thoroughly reviewing this article preparing for pre-school, I'm sure you'll find this beneficial for your health. You have no need to fret when it comes to school, or situations that are unkown to you. Just think how much Uncle Jesse worried about Nicky and Alex going to their first day of pre-school, when the kids actually thought nothing of it and had a blast!

And if you think you remember your schooling well, I challenge you to put your memory to the test. Click on this link and remember, no peeking at the person's answers next to you:

What Do You Remember From School?