I believe there are three basic and essential components or building blocks to achieving quality in a sound Christian school:
1. Using the Bible in all aspects of education including evaluation, curriculum, policies, and administration.
2. A true biblical Christian requirement of all school employees.
3. What will be described as “the whole counsel of God.”
For the next three posts, I will develop each one of these components individually. Here is the first post:
Using the Bible
The Bible is filled with passages that say we are to use it for schooling our children. It is the standard for what is right and wrong; it is the standard for basing and teaching laws, ethics, and morality as mentioned in my previous post.
Paul says several places in Romans that God’s laws are perfect, holy, right, and good. Here are a few other examples of what God says about using His Word for teaching students, and remember, these are not suggestions, but commands that require obedience:
2 Timothy 3:16-17:“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Psalm 19:8-9: “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes”
Psalm 119:4-16 has these phrases: “You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments. I will praise You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments. I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly! How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared All the judgments of Your mouth …I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.”
Psalms 119:128 “Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right”
Nehemiah 9:13-14 says that God “… gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments…And commanded them precepts, statutes and laws”
Hosea 14:9 “Who is wise? Let him understand these things. Who is prudent? Let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right; The righteous walk in them, But transgressors stumble in them.”
When Moses was teaching about God’s laws, he said in Deuteronomy 6:6-9 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
In taking a look at schooling, how often is the Bible used in the classrooms compared to this statement from Moses above? If you are a parent, how does your parenting compare to this statement?
Similarly, in Proverbs 6:20-23 Solomon tells parents (and I think teachers also) to instruct children to not forsake the laws (of God, parents, or Christian schools), and to bind them continually on their heart, and to tie them around their neck. Because they will lead them in life, and will keep them when they sleep, and will talk to them when they wake up. God’s laws are a lamp in a darkened world.
I hope to have explained how important the Bible is to Christian schooling. I hope you also have confidence in the Bible for use in schooling, especially when Satan is trying to erode that confidence in Christians by causing you to doubt, so be aware of those erosion fallacies; here are a few:
- You should have no doubts as to the inerrancy of God’s Word.
- You should have no doubts that God directed the writing of every word.
- You should have no doubts that God has kept His Word accurate. (You should be discerning enough to know which translation(s) are good and which ones to be wary of).
I hope you also believe that the Bible is sufficient for use in Christian schooling. (Sufficient means it is enough to meet the needs of the situation or a proposed end) The Bible’s sufficiency is something I encourage you to ponder, research, realize, agree, and embrace. Then ensure you parlay that sufficiency into your school’s curriculum, statement of faith, handbook, policies, and topics of school assemblies. It should become part of your regimen, and become common knowledge among your staff and students.
God intended the Bible to be the very foundation of Christian schooling. 1 Thessalonians 5:20 tells us succinctly to not despise the teachings of the Bible, and that is a very important concept for Christian schooling. Also, don’t diminish the teachings of the Bible in your Christian schooling, in fact, that brief passage implies the opposite as well: to include and increase the teachings of the Bible in your school. You should be excited to use the Bible in your school, and look for ways to weave it into all your subjects and policies. There will be numerous practical examples and how to do this in your school throughout future blog posts here.
Sound Christian schools include the Bible for teaching, and for establishing God’s laws, including what is right and wrong, in all their classes and subjects, and believe it is sufficient for doing so.
Educators, I challenge you to find ways to weave the Bible into every subject. It can be done!
Copyright 2012, Kevin Brownlee