"The purpose of Grace Christian School is to glorify God by providing an academically excellent education which presents the Christian perspective on the whole of life, creation and knowledge.”
"19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV)
PHILOSOPHY OF GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
We hold to a Christian philosophy of education. Since our school was founded, our philosophy of education puts the development of a Christian "world and life view" front and center. In short, it means that no subject matter (math, science, history, language, etc.) is separate from the wisdom of God. Colossians 2:2, 3
One of the most important reasons children come to GCS is to learn subject matter not taught by the church, and so courses such as math, reading, writing, language, history and science are extremely important. However, one of our aims is also to assist the parent in developing the child "spiritually." In light of this important focus, we also understand that there are many denominational distinctives that cause us to place our membership in different local churches. At GCS, we do not presume to take the place of the church or parents as the primary teachers of doctrine. We believe the church is the primary teacher of doctrinal truth. The Apostle Paul writing concerning the local church described it as "the pillar and ground of truth" (I Timothy 3:15). In New Testament times the church was the prime source for Christians to learn and disseminate truth. Because of this, the 1st century church "devoted themselves to the Apostles' doctrine, fellowship, breaking of bread and to prayer." (Acts 2:42)
Thus, we are committed as a school to serving the church and Christian parents. Consequently, our policy is to teach the "core" doctrines held by evangelical churches without teaching the doctrinal distinctives of any particular denomination. These core doctrines relate to God, Scripture, Jesus Christ, Man and Salvation. Our beliefs concerning these five areas are stated in the school's Statement of Faith and must be agreed upon by parents. To this end the emphasis should be placed not so much on doctrine itself, but its application in our lives. Such an emphasis is found in many passages of scripture such as Matthew 5-7; Romans 12-16; I Corinthians 13; Galatians 5; Ephesians 4-6; and Colossian 3. These doctrines that promote right living, evangelism, and engaging the world are held by all evangelical faiths.