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:
1. Who they are in God: to understand the uniqueness of their personality made in His Own Image.
2. What they are in Grace: to discover their own special gifts and abilities.
3. 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.