TfT Week 8 – Idolatry Discerning

Week Eight – Idolatry Discerning

SUMMARY: Students will understand that when other‘things’ are more important to us than our relationship with God, they become idols. Students will be challenged to identify, understand and discern the idols of our time and to then respond prophetically.


We, humans, were created to worship God. If we don’t worship God, we worship something else. Romans 1:25 describes how the Romans had “exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator.”

Any area of study is never neutral as they always have values attached. Learning about and discerning the values tell us about those who produce them, what they think is important, and what they believe is true. It tells us about the values of cultures, times, and belief systems. Christian education is concerned with pointing out the values that surround the topics. Students must understand that worldviews affect what people believe, say and do.

Therefore, students need to learn to “read” a worldview. They need to ask questions about what is being portrayed in regard to culture, values, and belief systems. Through the curriculum, students will be challenged to identify and understand the idols of our time (and times past). They must be challenged to lay bare these idols.

But this is not the end. Students need to test these ideas against the Transformational worldview. God’s truth must also be spoken to be modern-day prophets. They must be truth-speakers!


Could be used for devotions or memory work.

Deuteronomy 11:16 – “Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.”

I John 4:1 – “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”


You can use these as part of your morning devotions or to play in the background during work.


Ideas that you can connect to the learning that is happening or encourage in your student’s free time.

  • Fast from something you’re too attached to
  • Write a movie review from a Christian perspective
  • Conduct a time audit for a week (Ex. 1, Ex. 2)
  • Donate toys (i.e., Bible for Missions)
  • Memorize a Bible verse
  • Tell someone your favourite author’s worldview
  • Write a prayer of confession
  • Support/join organizations that are responding to the brokenness caused by idolatry (Do justice., Oxfam, The Centre)
  • Try some reader’s theatre: “Confessions of an Idolater
  • Start/join a Bible study
  • Reflect on your motives for a relationship with God
  • Help someone that’s a hoarder
  • Create an accountability group
  • Start a “no logo” day or brand name “fast”
  • Watch a biography/documentary and ascertain an idol
  • Add an accountability app to your phone
  • Do a spending audit – what are your priorities?
  • Analyze advertisements


Digital books, devotion ideas, online resources, blog articles, etc.

Student Focused:


These are experiences that connect our learning/work to real people/problems (to go beyond our normal classroom walls). These are authentic opportunities for students to practice living the Kingdom story.

Create a “Family Tech Use Agreement.” Here’s a framework to help you get started and another example that may help your discussions. As you engage in these discussions around technology misuse, think about how God has and continues to use technology for His kingdom.

A great resource on this topic is “Tech-Wise Family” by Andy Crouch. If you would rather watch a video, you can “participate” in this forum, where Andy Crouch invites the participants into the ideas and research from his book. Another option: here’s a podcast episode with Andy Crouch on this topic.


It is said that we don’t learn from doing, but from reflecting on what we do. Give students time and space to reflect on their experiences and learning this week.

  • How much time did you spend with God this week?
  • What is something that you would have a hard time giving up for God?
  • Why should we discern idols?
  • Who is the wisest person you know? Tell me about that person.
  • When in your life have you had the opportunity to be a “truth speaker?”
  • Where do you find it most difficult to not be conformed “to the patterns of this world?”
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS – Provided by Prairie Centre for Christian Education
Introduction: Continuing Christian Education at Home2020-04-24T10:15:41-06:00

Teaching for Transformation is a model for how to integrate Christian faith and learning. For several years Edmonton Christian has been using this model to guide teachers and students through what it means to play our roles in God’s story.  Some of what we do can get a bit technical but essentially it means that we are asking each other to see God’s story and then to live that story. Teachers have been using deep hopes and storyline and something called Formational Learning Experiences to help students play their role in God’s unfolding story.

TFT offers 10 ways to think about how we play our roles in God’s story.  These 10 things are called Throughlines. You have probably heard about them already.  There are lots of ways to be on the lookout for these throughlines but it’s not enough to simply list them or just talk about them.  We are invited to BE those throughlines.

The Prairie Centre for Christian Education, an organization that supports our schools, has put together some resources that will help to integrate the throughlines into this new online learning journey that you are going through.

As we go through the weeks we will attempt to provide you with some of these resources that will help your family dive into a throughline.  There will be an overview of the throughline, scripture connections, related songs, activities and digital resources. There will then be suggestions for how you and your family can BE the throughline.  As you engage in the activities we invite you to post pictures to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using the hashtag #edmchristianathome of your family engaging in the throughline.

Hopefully, this resource will be helpful for you and your family.  Feel free to pick and choose activities as you see fit. Perhaps, as families, you can find creative ways to integrate some of these activities into a lesson that was presented by a teacher.  Perhaps teachers have already been using some of these resources and suggested this already. This resource is only a suggestion but it can be a great part of the learning.

Previous Weeks

Week 1 – Community Building

Week 2 – Beauty Creating

Week 3 – God Worshipping

Week 4 – Servant Working

Special Resource – Deep Hope

Week 5 – Creation Enjoying

Week 6 – Justice Seeking

Week 7 – Order Discovering