Educational Philosophy

The primary purpose of education like everything is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. The Apostle Paul said, "Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" 1 Corinthians 10:31. Glorifying God requires us to study His Word on a daily basis and as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 states, pray without ceasing. By doing this we can begin to know and love God and understand the work He has called us to in education. With the Bible being at the center of Christian education, we understand and teach that we have the Holy Spirit to help bring Christ's restoration to the entire creation order.

God is love, so He created human beings in His image. This means we are like a mirror that can reflect God's characteristics. We can feel emotions, communicate, make plans, enjoy fellowship, love, and more. We have been created to glorify Him in all that we think, say, and do. Through the universe He created, through nature's intricate harmony, through logic, through the Scriptures, and through Himself, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, God revealed Himself to us. The development of learners must be based on the conviction that knowledge of the Bible and of Jesus Christ is vital.

Jesus's disciples, a term that literally means learners, called Him rabbi or teacher. He was and is the Master Teacher over every area in life. A Christian teacher's philosophy of education will be based on a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. Jesus came not only to save us from the depths of Hell, but came to teach us as well. We are authorized in the Great Commission, found at the end of Matthew, to teach all to observe what Jesus has commanded. We can read in the Gospel of Matthew that the crowds were amazed at His teaching. Jesus taught people from all walks of life in numerous settings, and he did so using a wide variety of teaching styles. Teachers can teach students not only in a traditional classroom environment, but on the soccer fields and volleyball courts, at orphanages and retirement homes, and in theaters and auditoriums. Regardless of the classroom setting and the resources made available to us, true Christian teachers have been given the ability to make an eternal impact on their students wherever we might be. God has given Christian teachers the Holy Spirit to guide us in the world to teach and do what is right and convict us when we teach and do what is wrong.

In order for our students to understand God's love for them, we must remember that reaching their hearts is the key. How one behaves springs forth from their heart. This is the seat of our emotions. Learning is not simply a matter of gathering facts for head knowledge. Learning engages the heart, mind, and will. Whatever one believes to be true and then acts upon, he or she is learning. It shows what one is committed to. Of course genetics and the environment play a significant role in the learning process, but we are still held responsible for what we learn and become. It is essential that we regularly read, study, memorize, and meditate on God's Word. We must pray that our students will receive regenerated hearts so they fully understand and embrace the Apostle Paul's encouraging words to Timothy when he said, "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;" 2 Timothy 3:16.

Our educational practices are to be centered on the Word of God and in Christ. They should be constantly dependent on Him and responding to His call. Our sinful ways lead us to focus almost exclusively on science, technology, and economic growth, but our Lord Christ has come to repair the error in these ways. This is a dualistic way of thinking that separates God from what we teach. God is the author of science, math, and every academic area. He reigns supreme over all subject matters. His Word must inform our understanding in all areas of life, and it must be applied in all aspects of our lives.