We are continuing our series on Biblical principles for Christian Education. The first two principles centered around the responsibility of parents for educating Biblically and the fact that the assignment for parents is a full-time job. Today, we focus on the goal of Christian education: the salvation and discipleship of the next generation.
We are familiar with the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20 which commands us to “go and make disciples of all nations.” This statement from our Lord and Savior emphasizes the importance of sharing the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection with unreached people groups across the globe. The scope of this verse also refers to sharing the gospel with those close to us, the closest to us – our family. God tells us in Psalm 78:6-7 that we as parents should work to ensure that “the generation to come might know them [the commandments of God], even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children.” (KJV) There remains no more important mission than to pass on the good news of Jesus Christ to our children and grandchildren.
For this reason, the primary goal of Christian education must be that students come to know Christ as their personal Lord and Savior and that they grow as a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ! If our children became National Merit Scholars and do not know Christ, what have we accomplished of eternal value? Our staff often encourage each other with the call to “fight for the souls” of the students they teach every day. We, as teachers and covenant partners with Christian parents, must fight to prepare them so that their minds will not be taken captive by the hollow philosophies of the world. We want them to love God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is the purpose of Christian education. We must not lose sight of this goal in the midst of GPAs, state championships, college scholarships, etc. These things can assist in attaining the main goal and I believe they do. They have value in the right context, yes, but they are NOT, in and of themselves, eternal. Only in the context of a personal relationship with Christ can education have an eternal purpose.
May we all keep the main thing, the main thing . . .
I want to encourage you to take time and listen to the Associate Head of School Podcast. During each session, we have been visiting with Ron Littleton, Will Weaver, and Ryan Martin (LCA Bible teachers) about the very topics addressed in the blog. You will be blessed.
Kevin Mosley is in his first year as Associate Head of School at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, Texas, having served the last 9 years as Upper School Principal. An innovative academic leader of 25 years, his record includes managing top-performing teams to cultivate student leaders and promote successful preparation for college and beyond. He is focused on engaging with students and educators in Christian schools and is committed to providing Christ-centered leadership through collaboration and transformational vision.
Legacy Christian Academy is Frisco's preeminent Pre-K through 12 Christian school committed to educating students in a college preparatory environment balanced in academics, athletics, and fine arts–all within the context of a biblical worldview. For more information on Legacy, visit our admissions page.