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HOMEWORK: ‘Rithmetic - Reasoning (Matthew 22:34-40)

Dennis R. Wiles, June 25, 2014
Part of the FAiTH AT HOME 2014 series, preached at a Evening Service service

Dennis R. Wiles
FBC Arlington, TX
June 2014


SUNDAY: The Family is God’s Plan

MONDAY: Homework: Readin’ - Listening

TUESDAY: Homework: Ritin’ - Sharing

WEDNESDAY: Homework: ‘Rithmetic - Reasoning

HOMEWORK: ‘Rithmetic - Reasoning

Families are important, influential and significant – but not perfect!

Healthy families are not accidents!

REASONING: Process of integrating knowledge and experience into the journey of decision-making.

Matthew 22:34-40

Mind – dianoia – “full understanding”

We are to engage the mind of children and shape their journey of spiritual discovery. The goal is to lead them to be responsible, mature decision-makers.

Jerome Bruner – Learning Theory
1. The Enactive Stage – children learn through activity
2. The Iconic Stage – children utilizes images
3. Symbolic Representation – language and symbols assist the child in assimilating and storing information.

David Kolb – Learning Styles
Kolb’s theory is based on his belief in the integration of perception and processing.
-Reflective Observation
-Concrete Experience
-Active Experimentation
-Abstract Conceptualization

HOMEWORK: ‘Rithmetic – Reasoning
-We should lead our children to redemption in Christ.
-We should assist our children in developing reasoning and decision-making skills.
-We should assist our children in developing a value system that is Biblically-based and Christ-centered.

Matthew 22:34-40

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (ESV)