Have you ever been asked the question, “If you could live in heaven without Jesus, would you still want to live there?” The answer to this question lies in your view of the gospel. Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the gospel, the “Good News?” If so, then it would be useless to live in a heaven that excluded Jesus. Life in heaven WITH Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of your walk with Him. Heaven would not be pure peace without Jesus! All of the visions you have about eternal life with God are seen through the lens of Christ in you.
So what does any of this have to do with a Gospel-Powered Education? A proper view of God is the foundation of the philosophy of a Gospel-Powered Education. John Piper, in his book, God is the Gospel, simply states, knowing God is the victory. Digging deep into Isaiah, 40:9, “Behold your God,” Piper articulates that the true search for purpose in this life and the afterlife is a pure relationship with God.
Our entire existence on this earth centers upon the premise that we would rightfully esteem God as higher than any aspect of our own life. We should seek to trust Him as the Authority in all areas of our lives, including the education of children. A Gospel-Powered Education establishes the primary end of a students education is knowing God.
Academic content becomes not only a means for building student knowledge and developing life-long-learning skills, but is supported by God as the author of all knowledge. Social interaction becomes a tool for students to learn biblical principles such as love, forgiveness, suffering, acceptance, conflict resolution, submission, and leadership. Physical development trains students to recognize the body as a vessel for sharing the work of the Lord alongside fellow believers and outside the walls of Christian community to people yet to hear the gospel.
Parents and teachers (church and school) form the key to integrating the gospel into a child’s educational process. It is paramount that each of these key influencers have a proper view of God. When this happens in the life of a child they experience the power of the gospel as it unfolds in the life of the people they interact with most, and begin to form a foundation that recognizes that the ultimate purpose of our lives is “Behold your God!”
Link: God is the Gospel by John Piper