Our Philosophy of Education
Bethesda Christian School is an extension of the ongoing ministry of Bethesda Community Church (House of Mercy). Its sole reason for being is to establish and enlarge the Kingdom of God in the hearts and lives of people.
We maintain that the principles of life and the precepts of the Lord as documented in the Bible are interrelated, and as such are a realistic expression of truth. We endorse the fact that God is Truth, that every man-made presupposition must be evaluated in the light of His Word, for His Word is absolute.
Our resolve is to function in the spirit of excellence. Anything less is a reproach to the Name of the Lord Jesus. Christian education is comprehensive and includes the development of the whole child spiritually, intellectually, morally, socially, and physically. Education is concerned with evangelism, instruction, and training in application.
It is our aim to open the minds of the students to understand:
- Who they are in God: to understand the uniqueness of their personality made in His Own Image.
- What they are in Grace: to discover their own special gifts and abilities.
- What they can do for His Glory: to recognize the good works that God prepared in advance for them to do.
Our responsibility is to both teach and train young people in the foundational principles of truth, so that they might be equipped to function effectively in any arena of life. All truth reveals God and makes a contribution to the educational development of students.
To Teach is philosophical, meaning the imparting of natural and revealed knowledge. Knowledge is defined as an acquaintance with, an understanding of, and a clear perception of truth. Christian education must develop not only cognitive knowledge, but the accumulation of facts must be accompanied with inspiration. The Christian mind must be dynamic, flexible and able to expand and develop as knowledge of truth is clarified and internalized. The Scriptures state, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32) There is freedom in knowing the truth. That is why it is imperative that the students be made aware of the principles of life. It is imperative that each student be given the opportunity to be mentally stretched, so that they will cultivate a mindset of excellence. The ultimate objective for education is the Kingdom of God to come.
To Train is practical, meaning the development of wisdom. “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) It was said of the Lord, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” (Luke 2:52) Education is more than the compilation of facts. Training cultivates the mind, enlarges and exercises the imagination, disciplines the will, and trains the judgment. It provides perspective and equips an individual to implement knowledge in the reality of life as a viable expression of truth. If a person has not been given the ability of application, then such a person has not been trained properly. Since truth is a living entity, it is functional and practical. It has the ability to work in all arenas of life. True education must attempt to give each student an integrated view of life and the wisdom to use accumulated knowledge effectively.
Bethesda Christian School must provide a Christian environment conducive to the development of Christ-like attitudes, habits and character sufficient to keep a good balance in intellectual pursuits. The individual who possesses and walks in godly character will reap the fruits of intellectual attainment. It is essential that our children are taught the “Three R’s,” but it is equally important to teach devotion, dignity and discipline. It takes discipline to be able to stand with dignity in a world that has committed itself to self-destruction. The only way these elements can be actualized is through the devotional life.
The curriculum utilized in Christian education must be deliberately chosen and must fully extend the Christian philosophy of life into all dimensions of the academic experience. The principles of a bibliocentric education must permeate the curriculum at all levels. The teaching of all subjects as a part of the total truth of God enables students to see the unity of natural and special revelation requiring commitment to the inerrant authority of the Bible. Bibliocentric education extends to all areas of student life.
Bethesda is cognizant of the divine mandate issued to parents to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. The home is responsible for the training and education of children. With this responsibility comes commensurate authority to make decisions relating to a child’s education in alignment with God’s purposes and commands. Bethesda recognizes that parents have selected our school to augment the home in its God-given assignment to educate and train children in the way they should go. The children entrusted to us must be provided with a Christian education that reflects and reinforces the values and ideals of the Christian home as given in Scripture. It is the responsibility of Bethesda Christian School to employ Christian professionals who bring into fulfillment our goals of education with dignity and excellence by the grace of God. There must be mutual commitment between parents, teachers and administrators to establish and enlarge the Kingdom of God in the hearts and lives of our children.
The three distinctives of a Bethesda Christian School education are Character, Academics and Service.
CHARACTER: TRANSFORMING THE HEART
The BCS administration strongly believes that true success is contingent upon a vibrant relationship with Jesus and the development of godly character. These values are infused into the school’s design and in every facet of a student’s experience.
In the 1980s, a team of Bethesda educators developed a simple classroom tool – now known as the Honorable Character™ Classroom Management System – that enabled teachers to incorporate character development in students throughout the school day. BCS elementary teachers have used the method ever since, and its implementation has played a pivotal role in contributing to the character development of Bethesda students.
ACADEMICS: PREPARING WITH PURPOSE
Bethesda’s academic program aims to draw out the God-given potential residing within each student and promote good stewardship of his or her abilities. In keeping with the academic preparation preferred by colleges for incoming students, the rigorous BCS curriculum strongly emphasizes writing, math, science and foreign language.
BCS students are rewarded for their efforts by consistently scoring well above the state and national average on standardized achievement tests. By their senior year, Bethesda students’ average composite SAT results are 300-400 points above state and national mean scores.
SERVICE: MAKING A DIFFERENCE
BCS believes that character development and academic preparation are ultimately designed to equip students in fulfilling God’s purpose for their lives. BCS provides students with practical opportunities to shine the light of Christ to others and make a difference through giving and service, both in the local community and abroad.
Bethesda students have visited residents in area nursing homes, raised money for the impoverished in Ghana, and collected canned goods for donation to local food banks. Every year during the holidays, students take part in charitable activities such as the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. Each summer, a group of BCS senior school students participate in a school-sponsored missions outreach.
Our Mission & Core Values
Our Mission is to provide a quality Christ-centered education preparing students for their God-given purposes.
Our Vision is to help each student increase in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man.
We Value . . .
We embrace our faith in GOD by trusting in His provision as He guides us in each step of our mission.
…Without FAITH it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 NAS
We adhere to an uncompromising standard of integrity that reflects interdependence between Scripture, our beliefs, and our actions. We strive to provide an ethical and spiritual foundation for young people who are able to enter a world in need of their character, gifts, abilities, and work ethic.
…In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, in order that the opponent may be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:7-8 NAS
We endeavor to practice the love of Christ in our everyday interactions with our co-laborers, our students and their families, and our neighbors; We encourage the development of our students’ callings, always seeking God’s best for them.
And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:12-15 NAS
We strive to provide academics in a Christ-centered atmosphere. We require hard work of our students and strive to produce informed, inquisitive, well-prepared young adults.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 NAS
We aspire to examine everything we study through the lens of Scripture, resulting in knowledge that leads to wisdom.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." John 14:6 NAS
We are here to serve one another and to teach our students the importance of service.
…Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as ransom for many. Matthew 20:28 NAS
Our Statement of Faith
… the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15, 2 Peter 1:21).
… there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
… in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:33); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His vicarious and atoning death (I Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9); His bodily resurrection (John 11:25, I Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His personal return in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11).
… that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation; that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the precious shed blood of Christ; and that by God's grace through faith alone we are saved (John 3:1619, John 5:24, Romans 5:89, Ephesians 2:810, Titus 3:5).
… in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of condemnation. (John 5:2829).
… in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life (Romans 8:1314, I Corinthians 3:16, I Corinthians 6:1920, Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 5:18).
… in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12–13, Galatians 3:26–28)
… the church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of the great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22, Hebrews 12:23.)
… that the term marriage has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18–25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2–5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God's command is that there be no sexual intimacy outside of or apart from marriage between a man and a woman.
… that God wonderfully foreordained and immutably created each person as either male or female in conformity with their biological sex. These two distinct yet complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26–27).