Philosophy of Christian Education
The educational philosophy of First Baptist Academy is based on a God-centered view of truth and man as presented in the Bible. Since God created and sustains all things through His Son, Jesus Christ, the universe and all life are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him. This is particularly true of man who was made in God’s image, different in kind from all other creatures, with the unique capacity to know and respond to God personally and voluntarily. Because man is a sinner by nature and choice, however, man cannot in this condition know or honor God in life. Man can do this only by being born again through receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and thus be enabled to do God’s will, which is the ultimate purpose of life.
The entire process of Christian education is seen as a means used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into fellowship with God, to develop in the student the mind of Christ, and to train him/her in godly living, so that the student can fulfill God’s total purpose for this life personally and vocationally. The student must:
- Be taught the Bible so he/she can understand God’s nature and role as well as his/her own.
- Develop as a whole person-spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially.
- Develop a biblical worldview by learning to see all truth as God’s truth and to integrate it with and interpret it by God’s Word.
- Be educated as an individual with his/her own unique abilities and personality who must learn to live and work with others at home, in the church, and in a changing secular society.
- Be reared by a parent who models the Christian faith.
- Be taught by and interact with teacher models who are themselves growing Christians, have a biblical perspective on life and who are doctrinally and spiritually compatible with First Baptist Church of Naples.
The authority for such an education comes both from God’s command that children be taught to love God and place Him first in their lives, and from the fact that parents are responsible for the total education and training of their children. At the parent’s request, the Christian school, (First Baptist Academy), along with the Church (First Baptist Church of Naples and other biblical churches), become partners in giving this education.
For the spiritual and moral growth of the students, the school seeks:
- To teach the Bible as God’s inspired and inerrant word and to develop attitudes of love and respect toward it.
- To teach the central truths of the Bible.
- To lead the pupil to a decision of confessing Christ as Savior and Lord.
- To develop a desire to know and obey the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures.
- To equip the student to carry out the will of God daily through Bible memorization, prayer and worship.
- To impart an understanding of each Christian’s place in the church and its worldwide task of witness, evangelism and discipleship and to stimulate the student’s involvement in this task.
- To develop the mind of Christ toward godliness and sin and to teach the student how to overcome worldliness and sin.
- To encourage the development of Christian character such as honesty, integrity, responsibility, and the fruits of the Spirit, based on respect for and submission to God and other authority.
- To help the student develop for himself a biblical worldview and to think in a Christ-like manner by integrating life and studies with the Bible.
For the student's personal and social development, the school aims:
- To help the student develop his/her personality based both on a proper understanding and acceptance of himself/herself as a unique individual created in the image of God and on the fullest possible development of his/her own capabilities.
- To teach the student to treat everyone with love and respect since they, too, are made in God’s image.
- To train the student to become a contributing member of society who desires to serve those around him/her and understands the interdependence of individuals within our society.
- To promote an understanding of time as a God-given commodity, and the individual responsibility for effective use of it.
- To show a realistic and biblical view of life and work, and to provide skills for personal relationships and future endeavors.
- To develop both good and proper attitudes toward marriage and the family, and the understanding and skills needed to establish God-honoring homes.
- To promote physical fitness, good health habits, and wise use of the body as the temple of God.
- To impart biblical attitudes toward material things and to encourage their responsible stewardship for God’s glory.
For the student's academic maturity, the school endeavors:
- To promote high academic standards within the potential of the individual as uniquely created by God, and to help the student realize his/her full academic potential.
- To help each student gain a thorough comprehension and command of the fundamental processes used in communicating with others through the disciplines of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and technology.
- To train students in the disciplines of mathematics, the sciences, business, economics, history, and foreign language.
- To teach and encourage the use of good study habits.
- To teach the student how to do independent research.
- To motivate the student to pursue independent study in areas of personal interest.
- To develop creative, logical, and analytical thinking skills founded in biblical principle.
- To promote good citizenship through developing an understanding and appreciation of our Christian and American heritage with emphasis on patriotism, responsible freedom, human dignity and acceptance of authority.
- To discuss current affairs in all fields and relate them to God’s plan for man.
- To produce an understanding and appreciation for God’s world, an awareness of man’s role in creation and his/her God-given responsibilities to use and manage it properly.
- To engender an appreciation of the arts through development of the student’s understanding and personal experience.
For the student's home environment, the school desires:
- To cooperate closely with the parents in every phase of the student’s development, especially as it relates to the school program.
- To help the parents to understand the school’s mission and program.
- To aid families in Christian growth and to help them develop Christ-centered homes.
- To inform parents in regards to changing world culture and the implication of its effects on young people.
- To encourage regular attendance and involvement in a biblically-based local church.