The philosophy of our school is one of discipleship. Academically, we strive to teach our students to excel in math, reading, history, and so on. But these are secondary goals in importance to be sure. The primary focus of our school is to train children to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. This means teaching them what the Bible says, and then teaching them how important it is for them to observe to do all that the Lord commands. Jesus said this Himself right before He went back to heaven:
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Verse 20 begins with the word teaching, which means “continually instructing.” Being a follower of Jesus Christ requires knowing what He said. To know what He said, we must learn what He said, and learning implies being taught. If people do not know the truth, how will they live the truth? Plus, ignorance of the truth makes one prey to deception. Those who know the truth are responsible to teach the truth. Children need to be taught the truth.
It is hard to imagine a world in which more lies exist than the world in which we live today. There are lies in religion about salvation and about doctrine in general, there are lies about Christianity, there are lies about government, lies about social architecture, lies about life itself, lies about marriage, lies about chastity. Essentially, these lies seek to undo what is true, what is good, and what is beautiful. We are surrounded by them. The lies of this world can definitely influence our children.
As a rule, nobody says, “I want my child to believe a lie!” But people do choose to believe something that is false and then present it as true, and things that are true as false. Easily people can be influenced to believe something false thinking it is right. It is part of the nature of deception. This can happen religiously, politically, and morally. What sorts it all out is the Bible, God’s Word, which is Truth.
The Bible says about itself that it is like a two-edged sword that pierces and divides the soul and spirit, the joints and the marrow. In other words, the Word of God penetrates, cuts open and exposes; and it discerns or judges the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). The Bible correctly exposes error and accurately expresses truth. The key to getting the issues of life right is looking to the Bible for guidance. When error is exposed and truth is expressed, we must humbly and willingly receive it.
One of our goals as a discipleship-oriented school is to teach students the truth about what God says in His Word. This is not always popular and sometimes parents disagree. But our approach has always been the same: to find out what the Bible says and do it. This is what Jesus expects of a disciple, of those who follow Him.