Heritage Christian School Philosophy Statements
Heritage Christian School’s philosophy of education is grounded in the Scriptures; otherwise, there is ultimately no rational answer to the questions, “Why do we teach?” and “What do we teach?” Meaning and purpose are given in the Word of God. In order to glorify God in the realms of creation and the culture in which He has placed us, education in the Truth is necessary. With Scripture as a foundation, definite applications can be made to the students’ spiritual character, academic capabilities, and social convictions.
According to II Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” God has given man the gift of the Scriptures, in which He reveals to man the story of His faithfulness through the promises of the Old Testament and the fulfillment of those promises in the New Testament in Jesus Christ. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, man is able to study the Scriptures to gain a greater knowledge of who God is, what He has done and will do and how we should view the world. It is in the Word of God that we learn the Truths of the Gospel message and see evidence of God’s faithfulness.
In order for our students to develop a proper, Biblical worldview, they must know the contents of the Scriptures and know how to apply these truths to their daily lives. The Scriptures were written hundreds of years ago in a specific cultural context but are useful and relevant for all times and peoples. Because of the complex nature of the text (historical context, culture, and language) and the sinful nature of man, it is crucial that our students are taught to approach the Word intently, depending on the work of the Holy Spirit to examine God’s truth in each verse.
At Heritage Christian School, we strive to equip the hearts and minds of our students by providing teaching that rightly interprets and applies the Word of God. Through the reading of the Scriptures, modeling a relationship with Christ and applying Truth in our lives and in our classrooms, we hope to build in the minds of our students a knowledge of the faithful acts of their Heavenly Father, both in His Word and in the world today. Though we desire for our students to be well grounded in content, we also strive to keep Bible training alive with enthusiasm and relevance. Our desire is that our students will develop a proper, Biblical worldview, that they will know the contents of the Scriptures and how to apply those truths and that they will be trained to impact people in the places they go with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The beginning of human history starts with God’s intentional act of creation described in Genesis 1:26-30 and Genesis 2:7-22. In order to hold a proper view of history, understanding must be based on knowing who God is as He has revealed Himself through creation, the person and work of Jesus Christ, and in the text of the Holy Bible. In Genesis 3, the rebellion of the human race against God is recorded and includes the catastrophic consequences of sin which subject the whole of creation, and every area of life, to the shattering effects of brokenness and death. But God, in His infinite love and mercy, immediately begins to disclose His plan to redeem all that sin has affected through a promised Savior.
God’s promise of salvation from the eternal consequences of sin was fulfilled through the life, death, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Before and after that greatest event in human history, events repeatedly display the devastating and lingering impact of sin on all of creation. Where Christians should marvel, though, is how God has worked, and continues to work, in and through the actions of broken people as part of His plan of redemption. Within the scope of history, man is increasingly exposed to God’s display of His “invisible attributes, namely His eternal power and divine nature” through science, mathematics, economics, art, religion and culture.
Furthermore, through a deep knowledge and understanding of past events learned within the framework of biblical truth, God expects His people to participate in and influence the institutions of society that He established (family, economics, government, education) in a way that honors His declarations and brings glory to Him as the King of the Universe until the day Christ returns. By using the Holy Bible as the standard by which right and wrong and good and evil are defined, Christians can both critique the events of history and evaluate present-day actions to determine what course of action is truly good for humanity in the future. Seeing the world as it is and knowing God’s redemptive plan helps Christians realize and confirm their role in being a light to that world and stewards of all creation.
God established the use of language, both oral and written, as a means of revealing Himself to and fellowshipping with man. Being created in the image of God, man was given the use of language as a means to relate with his Maker and fellowship with other people.
Perfect communion with God, with each other and with creation was broken when man and woman disobeyed God. In the Language Arts, this brokenness is evidenced in the misuse and abuse of language in all forms, resulting in destruction of the relationships God created.
It is by God’s grace that man is able to listen, read, write, and speak with meaning. In response to this grace and out of a desire to glorify God, students should be taught to listen to instruction, to read with discernment, to speak with integrity and to communicate logically and clearly in a variety of writing genres. Within the skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, students’ abilities to comprehend and defend the Truth grow. Pursuing excellence in the language arts should result in the formation of deeper relationships and a better understanding of other cultural, religious and socio-economic perspectives.
God created the world with mathematical principles that man has discovered and given symbolic expression for amount and space. In the design, order, and recurrence of God’s creation, we see that He is sovereign, faithful, and infinite. Through experiences with mathematics, man is continually in awe of God’s order and rule as he studies symmetry, shape, consistency, detail, and patterns. With a thorough understanding of math, man is able to know more of who God is.
It is by the grace of God that man is able to explore, organize, understand, and appreciate how God’s creation is revealed through mathematical principles. Learning these principles in context and applying them to his own unique situations, man is able to further develop the area of mathematics.
As fallen children of God, man is called to obediently pursue righteousness, truth and justice in his use of mathematics. This includes recognizing that numbers are not the ultimate source of wisdom and answers, but rather a tool to aid in solving problems. Mathematics should be used responsibly and in context. Honesty and integrity need to be applied in measurement, statistics, data, financial calculations and numerical communication. Man is called be obedient in his use of numbers in order to reflect the character of God, give glory back to Him, and serve others.
The study of mathematics should lead man to see the beauty and importance of mathematics and to see how God has incorporated math into every part of His created universe. Man learns how to think logically, creatively, and analytically and use the gifts God has given to serve Him. The field of mathematics displays a miracle of applicability and order by which man may better understand the attributes of our God.
Genesis 1:1 states, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” It is God who has created the universe with specific scientific rules and principles. In the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and earth science, man sees evidence of God, not only as Creator but also as Sustainer. God has also created man with the special task to fill, subdue and rule over the earth. In order to serve God by obeying that command, man must learn the inner workings of the universe and all forms of life. Through direct experimentation, observation, collecting data, researching texts and reviewing what has been done in the past, man is able to deepen his knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles God has created in this world.
Because our culture is saturated by evolutionist teaching and atheistic beliefs, much time is spent in the science classes critically evaluating the viewpoints expressed by scientists with a variety of opinions. This provides the students with the opportunity to think critically and logically about scientific theories. At the same time, it breeds curiosity about the awe-inspiring creation and, as a result, the Creator. The students are taught to analyze the opposing opinions and to defend the truths as God has outlined in the Bible.
In the study of science, man is led to reflect on the wonder of who God is and how He has planned all parts of the universe. It is important to acknowledge that only God knows all things about how creation works, and it is only through God’s grace that we are able to learn about His creation. When asking the questions, “Why does this work?” or “Where does this come from?” man must understand that the answers given through scientific processes hold true only because of God’s provision. Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Science has a limited place in man’s life, and it is emphasized that it can never become the ultimate authority, falling into the trap of making oneself or science a god. Science is to be used only as a tool to develop a greater understanding of the creation and man’s role in it based on a Biblical worldview.