Christian education is very important to the life, health, and spiritual formation of the congregation at Johns Island Presbyterian Church.
From the youngest to the oldest, individuals at JIPC have the opportunity to be involved in Christian education programs designed to nurture them in their faith.
1. Obedience – Christian education exists because Jesus Christ has commissioned us to teach others about the truth of the Gospel (Matt. 28:19-20)
2. Evangelism – One of the primary tasks of Christians is to share the good news of Jesus Christ to a lost world (Titus 2:11).
3. Sanctification – We also educate others in the Christian faith because it is the goal of our salvation (Rom. 8:29).
4. Church edification – Christian education is ultimately not an individual practice, but one that strengthens the local church and the universal body of believers (Col. 1:28; Eph. 4:12-13).
5. God’s glorification – The final goal of God’s redemptive work is that he be glorified in all things (Hab. 2:14)
1. Faith (Truth) – One of the reasons Jude writes his letter is so the saints in the early church would “contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints.” As a result, faith represents the content or truth of Christianity.
a. Biblical truth
b. Church History
c. Reformed Distinctives
2. Hope (Life) – Because of Christ’s redemptive work in his life, death, and resurrection, we can have communion with God and experience the presence of the Holy Spirit in our life.
3. Love (Way) – Education in faith and hope reaches maturity in a believer in a life of love towards others (Eph. 2:10)
Children – The focus of educating our children is in the following areas:
1. Teaching the stories of the Old and New Testament, with a focus on the life of Jesus Christ.
2. The Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed, and a Reformed catechism.
Youth – Building on the foundation established in our children’s ministry, the focus with our youth is the following:
1. Developing their understanding of how to experience and appropriate the truth they have been taught since their childhood.
2. Encouraging them to be involved in the life of the church.
3. Ongoing teaching in the Old Testament narratives, the Gospels, and the Epistles of the New Testament.
4. Instruction in spiritual disciplines, mission, evangelism, worship, and apologetics.
Adults – Our adult educational programs emphasize the following:
1. Continued in-depth study of the Old and New Testaments.
2. Continued study of church history and Reformed theology.
3. Intentional application of our biblical studies towards understanding how individuals live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in our community.