It is human nature to interject a personal interpretation of ones own value of self into the understanding of a proper view of God and others. So, it would be remiss to develop a gospel focused philosophy of education void of the third foundation stone, a proper view of self.
Perhaps the chief struggle for the believer is to “deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow Christ daily.” Why are the battle lines drawn so sternly between God as the center of a worldview versus man as the center of the universe? We battle against our flesh because it desires to have much made of it; however, the reality is that we don't exist to be made much of, but to make much of God. As followers of Christ we are not alone to conquer this enemy, but rather powered by the Holy Spirit to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Theologian, Jonathan Edwards, wrote, “God has abundantly manifested in his word, that this is what He has a peculiar respect to in his saints, and that nothing is acceptable to him without it.” He supports this statement with the following text:
Psalm 34:18, "The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit."
Psalm 51:17, "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."
Isa. 66:1, 2, "Thus saith the Lord, the heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor, and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word."
Micah 6:8, "He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord thy God require of thee; but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?"
Matt. 5:3, "Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of God."
Job 42:6, "I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
A Gospel-powered educational philosophy requires that the parents and teachers enter into the educational arena in a state of humble awareness that the only hope that exists for a child is that they learn to view all aspects of their life as under the lordship of Jesus Christ. This includes recognizing ones own thoughts and actions as a reflection of our belief that God is above all and trustworthy to accomplish in and through us all that He promises. The Christian educator is vital in this process when he or she models before students the truth that ones value and worth is found in Christ and not our works.
A student under the leadership of parents and teachers who have a proper view of God, others and self benefit from a Gospel-Powered Education.
Over the past 5 years Providence Preparatory Academy has established a firm foundation supported by the following statements: