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Philosophy of Christian Education

Philosophy of Christian Education

A Christian philosophy of education comprises a comprehensive worldview of God, man, and the universe.  God, Who is unchangeable, has revealed Himself in nature, in the Person of Jesus, and in the Bible, which is authoritative in all matters of faith, truth, and practice.  Jesus Christ alone provides that “unique point of reference” which lends to education an authoritative voice (II Timothy 3:16-17).

Man is a unique creation of God, made in His image, apart from any so-called evolutionary process.  Being made in God’s image, man has a sense of purpose, fulfillment, and destiny.  He is a rational and moral being, capable of understanding and communicating ideas.

The image of God in man is marred by sin; his understanding is obscured and his morality debased.  Though fallen from his original position through Adam’s disobedience and his own sin, he may be restored to full relationship with God through his acceptance of the redemptive work of Christ, applied by the Holy Spirit.

Christian education begins with knowing God through Jesus Christ “in Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). No one is truly educated who does not know God.  Man is dependent upon God for the ability to learn truth and to interpret facts.  “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14).

Christian education nurtures the character as well as the mind of students.  All faculty and staff model Christian character.  They understand the principles of Christian education and are committed to them, demonstrating effectiveness in their ability to communicate them.  In so doing, they endeavor to develop young men and woman with sincere faith, keen intellects, and compassionate hearts.  Each student is nurtured, yet challenged to strive for personal excellence and spiritual maturity.

Christian education promotes a Biblical relationship within the family, the church, and the Christian Academy.  According to the Scriptures, parents are responsible to God for the education of their children.  The cooperative effort of the home and the Christian Academy is needed to fulfill that responsibility.  Knowledge of the Bible and of Jesus Christ, integrated with other subject matter, is essential to the development and growth of the child in matters of physical, mental, social, and spiritual.  Right behavior is based on the proper concept of the origin and purpose of all things: namely, that whatever we do in word or deed should be done to the glory of God.

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