At Grove City Christian Academy, we believe parents are accountable to God for the education of their children. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Psalm 78:3-8; Ephesians 6:4). Parents must choose the means of education that best fit the gifts and abilities of the parents and the individual needs of their children. Many parents prefer to provide their children’s education through a school. Grove City Christian Academy is an institution that allows parents to employ teachers to help implement the educational responsibility for them. As such, the school "is an extension of the home which seeks to carry on the functions and duties that the home has delegated to it." The school then derives its authority and mission from the home. Parents choosing Grove City Christian Academy may expect that the board and staff seek to implement the following philosophy of education.
Believing the Bible to be the inerrant Word of God that addresses the whole of life, Grove City Christian Academy deems the Scriptures to be the foundation for defining and carrying out the educational task. The Bible teaches that God is the sovereign Lord of all. He created all things for His own glory, including man, whose specific responsibility is to fill and subdue the earth. In other words, man's God-given task (and privilege) is to occupy, cultivate, and rule over the earth, "to unfold the full potential of the earth in ways that bring glory to God." However, when man sinned against God, not only was his relationship with God broken, but his efforts to subdue and fill the earth also became frustrated, perverted, and wearisome. Conflicts and strife characterized human relationships, while man's efforts to rule over the earth were marked by abuse and misuse.
Thankfully, God, in His wisdom and mercy, sent His son, Jesus Christ, the second Adam, to do all that the first Adam failed to do and more. Christ perfectly fulfilled the law, thereby atoning for sin and reconciled men to God. But that is not all. Christ's redemptive work extends to the whole of creation. Thus, forgiven man is renewed in his position as caretaker of creation, and in Christ's strength he exercises dominion with Godly wisdom and skill, in ways that now please and honor the Creator.
With these truths in mind, we seek at Grove City Christian Academy to instruct our children concerning the sovereign Lord of creation, the purpose He has for them, and the nature of the creation over which He has placed man. We strive to equip and assist children to faithfully and obediently carry out the God-given task of Genesis 1:28; that is, the task of exploring, investigating, unfolding, developing, and ruling over the creation, with all its richness and variety, for the benefit of man and for the glory of God.
Moreover, because all man's efforts of subduing and ruling over the creation are to be directed to the glory of God, we strive to ensure that our children understand that all of life is, in reality, an act of worship. (Romans 12:1, I Peter 2:5) All of life (even those seemingly unreligious areas) is, in fact, religious. Nothing is neutral, for everything we do, think, and say, is either done in service to God or is an act of rebellion against the one true God and is done in service to an idol.
In short, we want to nurture in our children a Christian world and life view. That is to say, we want them to come to interpret, explain, and apprehend all of life on the basis of God's word. We want their convictions and beliefs regarding the whole of life (from their views of God and man to their views of society, work, truth, morality, etc.) to be rooted in the Bible. For it is the Scriptures, instructing of God's purpose for man and creation, which provide us with a consistent, accurate, and unified view of reality. They furnish us with the truth by which we might rightly assess and properly come to understand the world in which we live. Paul confirmed such thinking when he declared that: "...all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in Christ" (Colossians 2:3) and that we are to "[take] every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (II Corinthians 10:5). Put another way, we strive to nurture our children to be thoroughly Christian, ones who are so imbued with the truths of God's word that they live and think Christianly. In this way, our children will understand their divinely appointed task and place in creation, and they will be equipped to carry it out to the praise of their Creator.
Education as a human activity then is a component of a greater purpose. It is meaningful inasmuch as it furthers the capacity of a person to serve God's purposes in the world. We want our children to recognize that schoolwork is referred to when the Scriptures say in Colossians 3:17, "...whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him." Therefore, we want to emphasize that education only has value if it is conducted as one aspect of a life committed to God's glory.
An additional component in the Christian worldview is that all man, both regenerate and unregenerate, was made with the ability to create works of beauty. Therefore, we study works especially in literature and history that are written by nonchristians keeping our Christian worldview in mind.
At GCCA, we are dedicated to teaching a Biblical view of reality. Ours is a curriculum that puts God at the center, revealing to our children how God's sovereign hand is in all parts of life, that all of life is unified and the work of our Creator. Thus, we do not simply use a secular curriculum, add a Bible course, and then claim we are a Christian school We want our children to realize how God's plan for creation manifests itself in history, science, math, literature, economics, art, ethics, law, etc., and we intend for them to view the world as a whole, seeing the unity of His creation in their studies and their lives. We plan always to review and refine our curriculum to insure our children enter their youth and adult years equipped not only in academics, but also in understanding that Christ is Lord of all. (Psalm 2) We strive for them to know that nothing is separate or compartmentalized in our Father's world. Moreover, we expect them to know that they are responsible in all areas of life--in studies, in work, in families, in relationships, in society--to God and His mandate for mankind.
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