Updated: Jul 14, 2019
In the late 1960s, I taught a Sunday school class to 10-11-year-olds in Scotland, on reflection I now realise that the depth and content of those classes far exceeded much of what is taught in many of our Christian schools and churches today. The reality is that there is a whole generation of Christian people in our churches or on the fringe of the church who don’t even have a basic knowledge of the story and content of the Christian faith. They know nothing of what Christians have believed over the centuries or of the history of the Christian faith.
Although I didn’t grow up in the church, I am forever thankful to Miss Hooper, my primary school teacher who taught me in grade 5 (age 9-10). She read to us all the narrative stories of the Bible from Genesis 1 the story of creation through to Acts 28 Paul’s imprisonment in Rome and everything in between. I can still picture those stories in my mind, and the classroom in which they were read along with Miss Hooper in her fluffy pastel shaded sweaters. When I became a Christian, a few weeks before my seventeenth birthday in May 1966, I already had the narrative story of the Scriptures firmly fixed in my mind. It formed the basis on which to build and add any newly discovered knowledge. It was just an invaluable foundation for my recently found faith. I feel saddened when I think of many Christian people who even after decades of faith have still not grasped the foundational narrative of the Christian faith.