Why Christian Education?
At Sojourn Academy, our foundational worldview is the unchangeable Word of God—the Bible. Understanding that the Bible is true and that all truth is God's truth, and because God revealed Himself in His creation, in the Bible, and in His Son Jesus Christ, we may confidently teach all subjects in the light of His Lordship. Because God created the world and everything in it, all creation is subject to Him. As God is the Creator of the world and the Author of all truth, we must acknowledge Him in all fields of study. This means more than just affirming that God is the source of a given subject. It suggests that we should think about subjects differently and then strive to understand what they teach us about God and about His creation.
As we survey God's Word, we see that the ultimate responsibility for educating children is given to parents. Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 instructs parents to teach their children diligently. In the New Testament, Ephesians 6:4 teaches fathers to "bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." Thus, any true school must see itself as a servant to parents before God. It is for this reason that we do not seek to usurp the parental responsibility to educate their children, but to partner with parents in their child's education.
Following Biblical precept and parental desire, we believe a child's education should be positive and truthful. Proverbs 22:6 describes the lasting value of such an education, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." In Proverbs 1:7, the Bible teaches that fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Such fear is foundational to education, and is the basis for all subsequent goals. Therefore, the Bible should should permeate all that a child is taught. In raising our children to be godly, mature Christians, we must ensure that their formal education follows this pattern.
A Christian education should be conducted in an environment where positive and Christ-like influences can be found. God's Word reminds us that children will tend to become more and more like their frequent companions. "He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffer harm" (Proverbs 13:20). Not only are a child's peers a great influence on their lives, but teachers have a great ability to shape and mold the child's attitudes toward all aspects of life. Luke 6:40 tells us that "everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher." Recognizing this, we must seek out teachers for our children who will serve as godly role models, teachers who profess belief in the Word of God and seek to model this belief before their students.
As we consider these things, we see that our children should be taught in an environment where the truth of Scripture is acknowledged; an environment in which God's Word permeates all instruction; an environment where teachers profess belief in the Word of God and seek to model this belief before their students; and where students are engaged in rigorous and scripture-based curriculum that challenges them to live and think from a Christian worldview.
It is precisely this educational philosophy that provides the framework for all that Sojourn Academy does. Would you want anything less for your children? They are the most valuable legacy that you will leave behind. Allow Sojourn Academy to serve you in helping to fulfil the educational goals that you have set for your children. Give us a call at (281) 298-5800 to schedule a campus visit today!