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What is a Christian Education?

          A Christian education is one in which the infallible truths of Scripture reign paramount.  They form the foundation upon which all academic pursuits are built, and for that reason, students are often better able to reach their full educational potential.  As Solomon writes, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10).


          God expects children to be taught the truth in every subject.  That requires educators to approach their craft - and

"When God is excluded from the classroom, we are not merely remaining silent about God.  We are teaching children that they may safely disregard Him." 

Doug Wilson

their lives - from a biblical worldview.  Otherwise, teachers are wholly incapable of instilling or reinforcing that worldview in the lives of their students.


          Rigorous academics, no matter how thorough, will miss the mark if the reality of God is denied.  Conversely, augmenting a secular academic program with a religion class - no matter how true - will fall short.  Students need a challenging, comprehensive academic curriculum built on a foundation of biblical absolutes.  Some institutions prepare students for a job.  Others equip students for life.  Only a Christian education has the potential to do both, because only a Christian education is grounded in the knowledge of our Creator, who grants wisdom and understanding to anyone who seeks Him first.



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Big Ideas to Consider:

1. There are basically two kingdoms: a kingdom of light and a kingdom of darkness. It seems strange to have those who walk in darkness educate children of light. It doesn't fit.

2. If Jesus Christ is Lord, then He is Lord of all. We cannot divide things into secular and sacred.

3. All truth is God's truth, and God's Word sheds light on our path. Only in His light can we see light. Education is not focused on possibilities but on certainties found in God's Word.

4. Deuteronomy 6 tells parents that, in all they do, they should provide a godly education 24/7.

5. Three key institutions that shape a child are the home, the church and the school. Children are served best when all three institutions point them in the same direction.

6. Only an education that has the liberty to address the whole child -- social, intellectual, emotional, physical AND spiritual -- reaches the possibility of excellence.

7. The best preparation for effective service is to be well grounded in one's mind before direct engagement of the culture.