Christian Character Education
Today's society tends to frame what’s considered “right” around a fluctuating set of guidelines—one that often places self above others. Gain above sacrifice, convenience above commitment, impulse above deliberation.
The Bible offers us the “right” guidelines—the only completely true, completely trustworthy guidelines—for living lives that demonstrate godly principles.
Faith ... integrity ... love ... respectfulness ... discernment ... purpose ... humility...
These values and others are succinctly conveyed by the questions that, not coincidentally, are biblically centered.
Ten powerful questions.
Ten powerful responses.
Ten powerful passages of Scripture that anchor each Q & A.
1/ The three most important things in life? God, family, and honor.
Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness."
Exodus 20:12 - "Honor your father and mother that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you."
2 Corinthians 8:21 - "For we have regard for what is honorable, not only I the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men."
2/ Just? Do the right thing.
James 4:17 - "So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin."
3/ Respect? Yourself and the world around you.
Psalm 24:1 - "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it."
4/ Take? Responsibility.
Ezra 10:4 - "Arise! For this matter is your responsibility; be courageous and act."
5/ Consider? The consequences of your actions.
Proverbs 14:15b - "A prudent man gives thought to his steps."
6/ The secret to your success? Good decisions and daily discipline.
Joshua 1:7 - "Be careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success."
7/ Show me? Your friends and I'll show you your future
Proverbs 13:20 - "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed."
8/ Life is? Performance based.
Colossians 3:23 - "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."
9/ Know? Your purpose in life.
Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
10/ Make today? The best day of your life.
Psalm 68:3 - "But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God. May they be happy and joyful."
Here’s a “powerful” challenge for you: Make these questions a part of your daily time of prayer and meditation—starting today.
You’ll quickly find that these ten principles become your most often-used “power tools” for developing a more positive, Christ-like response to the often daunting challenges you face as a Christian living in an increasingly ungodly world.
Church pastors, leaders, and administrators: The Just Do the Right Thing program can be easily adapted for use in Sunday school or Bible study programs for both children and adults! As you plan your next sessions of study, consider putting the power of the questions and answers to work in the lives of your church families.