12.4.1.1.3 Religious Instruction

Religious Instruction builds upon Sunday School. It imparts knowledge about biblical history, the emergence and spread of Christianity in general, and the New Apostolic Church in particular, in an age-appropriate way. It reinforces the children's awareness that they are part of God's work of redemption, thereby promoting a willingness to help along in the completion of the work of God. On the basis of the gospel, the children are to be led into "the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God" (Ephesians 4: 13-14).

In Religious Instruction, they will learn from the accounts of human experiences with God: the history of salvation of both old and new time periods is discussed in reference to the life of faith of the children. Contents of faith are deepened, knowledge is promoted, and the interconnections within God's plan of salvation are explained. In this manner enduring values are imparted. Furthermore, Religious Instruction should enable pupils to freely profess their faith.

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