Classroom Discipline Tips for Children & Youth Workers, Sunday School & Other Bible Teachers

Develop a biblical approach to discipline.

The world's ways and objectives in disciplining tend to be humanistic or behavioral. Remember, however, that

"there is a way that seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death" (Prov. 14:12).

As you look at today's child you see the end results of the world's ways.
The result of God's ways, however, is life. "It produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it" (Heb. 12:11).
The focus of biblical discipline is that the individual conforms to God's standards and ways. There are absolutes! It is possible to discern between right and wrong.

Unlike the humanistic approach, you are not training a child to conform to his inward potential. The heart is basically evil according to Scripture.
On the other hand, you are not stifling a person's free will as the behaviorist will do. God is looking for an authentic heart response to truth, not conformity to external, man-made standards.

The attitude involved in biblical discipline is that of love and wanting what is best for the person involved. Hebrews 12:10 says that "our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness." Both the hands-off approach of the humanist and the manipulative carrot-dangling and boxing-in strategies of the behaviorist fail to demonstrate this kind of love.

(Last updated 7/01/16)

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