Ethos

We recognise the whole Bible as the word of God and therefore without error, fully reliable and authoritative. We believe the Bible is fully adequate for teaching Christian truth about every area of life. 
Our starting point for preparing lessons is the Bible rather than the child. While we recognise that the Bible must be presented in a way children are able to understand, and made relevant to their lives, it is the Bible itself that we are concerned should be taught. 

Two things follow from this approach: 

  • We adopt the policy of starting with those mainly narrative sections of the Bible which are most readily grasped by the youngest children, and then move on to include passages whose meaning is not so straightforward with older children and young people.
  • We are concerned that the clear, main thrust of the passage should be taught, rather than inferences and extensions of meaning. To some extent our goal is to help children understand how to read the Bible for themselves and to learn from it.

Our intention is that the whole programme, from ages 3 to 14, should cover a wide range of the Bible, so that a basic framework of Bible history is given, its main characters are introduced, the main events in our Lord's life and work are studied, and the fundamental truths of the Christian faith are taught. 

Go Teach lessons have the following aims: 

  • The overriding purpose is to lay a foundation of Bible knowledge, which, by the blessing of the Holy Spirit, will not only prove immediately beneficial, but will have a lasting effect.
  • We aim to produce lessons which, prayerfully taught, will bring God's word to bear on the hearts of children and bring about a spiritual response. We do not understand Bible teaching to be a merely theoretical imparting of facts.
  • We aim to present the gospel clearly so that no child can misunderstand the way of salvation or the call to repentance and faith. However, not every lesson is directly evangelistic, though most have a gospel application.
  • We aim to encourage young believers to live in obedience to Jesus Christ, following Bible principles in their everyday lives.
  • While we believe that in Bible teaching we should make use of every help that is available from the educational world we also believe there is no substitute for faithfulness to the Bible and the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish the purposes of the word of God.