A Note on Professed and Controlling Beliefs

In Teaching Redemptively, Graham points out that we have two kinds of beliefs.  He calls them controlling beliefs and professed beliefs.  Christians in modern America will check off a list of beliefs that conform to Christian ideals but not live by them.  It would be good for us to examine our actions and ask whether they truly communicate biblical truth.  Where do the actions of the children we serve come from?  Why are some children acting with entitlement, arrogance, and a confidence rooted in self?  Why do other children act with thankfulness, humility, and confidence rooted in God?  What do they believe?


Look at your behaviors and those of your children and trace it back to a belief.  That is what we are attempting to do in Christian schooling.  In identifying the errors in the mind, we are able to correct action at the root (Romans 12: 1 and 2).

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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