The purpose of Christian Education is to provide a way for the church to achieve its goal of perpetuating God’s plan. Paul stated that the purpose of teaching was to develop character in those taught. “But the goal of instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience of strong faith.” (I Timothy 1:5)
Our overall purpose is to bring God’s people to HIM and perpetuate His church. God’s Word stands firmly on its own. Christian Education helps Christians understand and express Christianity, and aids them in making connections to God. Good teaching helps us to stay focused on Christ’s examples and avoid extremes that frequently get brought in the church. The focus changes when we take social and cultural trends and mix them with God’s Word. This can lead to confusion and incomplete understanding of Christ’s command to go and make disciples. Each Christian is to first, learn; then go and teach others. God’s church is to worship, provide instruction, fellowship, evangelize, and serve, thus, drawing God’s people closer to Him as they carry out the Great Commission.
The ultimate goal is to develop Christ-like character and to have the church family become “doers of the Word, not hearers only”. (James 1:22)