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Why Christian Education?
 
Throughout the Bible, God differentiates between light and darkness, wisdom and foolishness, saved and unsaved, and Jesus himself clearly taught that “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters” (Matthew12:30). Whether you have been committed to Christian education for years or whether you are just now exploring the possibilities, consider the following from this perspective: How can Christian parents best fulfill their obligation to train and nurture their covenant children (Deuteronomy 6:4-8)? Specifically, what type of education effectively prepares children for “works of service” (Ephesians 4:12)? As such, the goal of Christian education is to guide children towards an understanding that God is at the center of every pursuit of knowledge. Not only that, but Great Bridge Christian Academy also strives to challenge students toward allowing God to mold their hearts in submission to Him, and in doing that, they equip them to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the world. There is no greater purpose for a school than to guide students toward embracing the world in this way.
 
 
The Basics of Christian Education
 

A genuine Christian education provides not only high academic standards but, most importantly, glorifies Jesus Christ and prepares students for lives of faithful and obedient service to Him. The Bible is the integrative force, and all administrators, faculty and staff personally know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Specifically, Christian education is an acknowledgement, an attitude, and an ambition.

Christian education is an acknowledgement about God’s world. He created it; He holds it together; He rules it, and we have an obligation to learn all that we can about it. We aren’t simply learning about math, science and history; we are learning about God’s world. Christian education seeks to produce competent graduates who know the world as well as the One who created it.

Christian education is an attitude related to God’s Word; therefore, studying God’s world from the perspective of the Word is critical. We can understand life only as we view it through the “spectacles of Scripture.” “For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light” (Psalm 36:9). Seeking to bring all thought and activity under the lordship of Christ, we want our students to be passionate about their God, their lives, and their call to service.

Christian education is an ambition to do God’s will. Because it is a life-long process of transforming our minds, Christian education spans the cradle to the grave. We want our students to be mal-adjusted to this world, to see the sin in themselves and in the world, and to commit their lives to the pursuit of justice, compassion, and integrity.

As students study God’s world from the perspective of the Word, it will enable them to do God’s service. We want our culture to work not because it is the only good we can conceive, and not because we are finally and securely at home in it, but because it is a great drama that we have been staged in, and it is good that we should play our parts well.
 
There are those who object to Christian schools saying:
 
  • “We want our children to be in the ‘real’ world.”

What is the “real” world for Christians? Is it a world ruled by secularism, or one dominated by the love, reconciliation and forgiveness of Jesus Christ?

  • “We don’t want to abandon the public schools. We want our children to be a witness there.”

Should the youngest members of God’s kingdom be on the front lines, or is it wiser first to train and prepare them much like we would care for young plants in a garden?

  • “We would like to have our children in the Christian school, but we can’t afford it.”

What better stewardship of personal and church finances than to use them for the education of covenant children? “Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding (Proverbs 4:7).”

  • “The Christian school is hypocritical.”
Christian schools do not claim to be perfect or without their share of sinners any more than churches do. The difference with the Christian school is the way in which it deals with the sin, how it models restitution and accountability, and how it encourages repentance and restoration.
 
 
The Mission of the Christian School
 

Moses shows us how God views the importance of Christian education when he commands in the Shema that no matter what time of day it is or what they are doing they are to be reminded and focused on God’s Word:

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).

 

And the Psalmist, writing to God’s people, summarizes the mission of Christian education:

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers  to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands (Psalm 78:4-8).
 

The Christian school, working together with the Christian home and the church, exists to fulfill these scriptural promises. The Christian school longs to introduce its students to the source of all truth. Therefore, the decision for a Christian education is the best choice a family can make!

 
That is the mission of the Christian school.
 
 
 
                                                              – Clint E. Laney, Principal