Kingdom Education Principles
Berean Baptist Academy is committed to utilizing principles found in God’s Word. As the Lord is the giver of all that is good, to include our intelligence, talents, and physical abilities, it is only right that all education be centered in such a way that all stakeholders are pointed to Jesus Christ as Lord. It is everyone’s responsibility to bring Him honor and glory daily through our diligent efforts to reach our full potential in as much as we have been gifted by Him with our special talents and abilities. Therefore, we will make every effort to meet the following principles for education:
BBA believes that Christian education is the primary responsibility of parents. Parents and schools must align in beliefs (Psalm 127:3).
BBA believes that Christian education is a twenty-four hour – seven days a week process that continues through maturity (Deuteronomy 6:7).
BBA believes that the primary goals of Christian education should be the salvation and discipleship of the next generation. When a child is trained, they will be like their teachers. All students are being formed either by us or the world. We must teach them to observe all that God has commanded (Luke 6:40 & Matthew 28:18-20).
BBA believes that Christian education is based on God’s word as the absolute truth. Biblical integration must exist in every single class. Chapel and Bible class are not enough to accomplish this principle (2 Timothy 3:16-17 & John 17:17).
BBA believes that Christian education must hold Jesus Christ preeminent in the entire educational process. This principle does not apply to education only, but to all of life. Therefore it applies to athletics, arts, service projects, and everyday life. (Colossians 1:15-20, Colossians 2:3-10, & 1 Corinthians 10:31).
BBA believes that Christian education must not hinder the moral and spiritual development of children (Matthew 18:6). Therefore, there must be a balance between protection and preparation. Children must be protected from harm and things that would draw them away from developing their walk with Christ while they are guided down the pathway to wisdom. However, the goal cannot be to shelter them, but rather, to prepare them.
BBA believes that when Christian education is delegated to others, all teachers must follow these same principles. Parents should seek out a school filled with teachers who fear God, are people of truth, and hate covetousness (Exodus 18:13-23).
BBA believes that a worldview is defined by the patterns of the teachers. A worldview presents a big picture of one’s beliefs about God, man, creation, the acquiring of knowledge, moral order, purpose or meaning of life, and the future. A commonly held worldview results in group actions that create a culture. When the Bible shapes this culture, then it is a Biblical Worldview (Philippians 4:9).
BBA believes that Christian education is the presentation of knowledge connected to a Biblical Worldview (Proverbs 9:10).
BBA believes that Christian education must focus on increasing the knowledge of God in the student. A false image of God obscures God’s glory and will prevent His blessings. A false image of God produces false actions. Man is made in the image of God, and all of creation points to God. The death of Christ made it possible for us to know God. Jonathan Edwards said, “He who does not know God, knows nothing else as it truly exists.” (Hosea 4:1-6; 2 Timothy 3:7, Isaiah 5:13, Exodus 20:3-4, Colossians 1:9-10, Ephesians 1:5-7, Genesis 1:26, Romans 1:20, John 17:3)
BBA believes that Christian education must promote work that develops ethics that enable students to discover and fulfill God’s will for their lives (Genesis 2, Colossians 1:9-10, Romans 12:1-3). Christian work ethics should result in a kingdom culture that promotes people glorifying God.
BBA believes that Christian education must be characterized by the pursuit of excellence based on godly character which results in a life that brings God glory (1 Corinthians 10:31).
BBA believes that Christian education must have a view of eternity (Matthew 6:19-21, Hebrews 11:13, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, & Acts 20:24).