"In education, we are focused on the strong development of knowledge, skill, ability, attitude, and character by means of teaching, training, study and experience. Christian education has precisely the same general aims, but it is based on the Bible and has three specific goals: 1. To lead the individual to faith in Christ, and to keep him/her in that faith. 2. To help the individual to develop into an even better and more perfect Christian in all of life's relationships, both secular and religious.
3. To keep before the individual the goal of every child of God—eternal life in heaven. We believe that the Lutheran school is the best agency for such Christian education because it provides for the total growth and development of the child. The Bible describes such a complete education in Luke 2:52:
"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man."
We believe that the Bible clearly teaches that man was created perfect and holy with a free will by our loving God (Genesis 1:27, 31; 2:16-17). But this was all lost when sin entered the world through Adam's and Eve's disobedience and spread to all through the inheritance of a sinful nature (Romans 5:8). Because of His boundless love for us, Jesus rescued us from the punishment we and all people earned by our sins (Romans 5:8), and it is by the acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior that we receive the forgiveness of sins as a free gift from God (Romans 10:9). It is the Holy Spirit working ourselves to Him (Romans 8:8-9). As we seek the total leadership of Jesus in every part of our lives, the "growing in grace" occurs (II Peter 8:18), which we trust the Lord not only to receive, but also to share this Good news of salvation with the world, beginning where we are (Matthew 28:19-20).
We believe that Christian education is unique because:
1. Christian education views the pupil as one redeemed by Christ.
2. Christian education carries out God's command for educating mankind.
3. Christian education is powered by the Holy Spirit for accomplishing its purposes.
In all matters, the guiding principles of Messiah Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center are found in Scripture, the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and the only norm and source for all we believe and teach, as set forth in the Lutheran Confessions.
We believe that our Christian responsibility compels us to pursue academic quality as the proper response to Christ's redemptive work. Messiah Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center strives to make itself an effective educational agency for equipping children and their families for participating in the following five functional areas of Christian living; i.e. education, worship, evangelism, fellowship, and service.
Education: Christian education nurtures children's faith for a lifetime of service to God and their fellow men. All teaching, especially exposure to God's Word is empowered by the Holy Spirit for accomplishing God's purposes. Students are prepared to become responsible stewards of the gifts God has bestowed upon them. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness."
Worship: Students are helped to grow in their spiritual lives through all the effective aspects of worship; prayer, praise and thanksgiving. Teachers provide Christian models and leadership in building the worship life of pupils. Matthew 4:10 states, "Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only."
Evangelism: Students and teachers learn to bear witness to their faith by witnessing to each other and their community. Children hear the Good News of Jesus' love and share it with their families and friends. Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God."
Fellowship: Students and faculty accept one another as fellow members of the Body of Christ. They work together, support and encourage each other, and learn to value, accept, and respect one another. The understanding of Law and Gospel pervades relationships so that each person knows he or she is a redeemed sinner and a beloved child of God. Teachers and students work together to maintain an atmosphere of love and joy. Romans 12:5 declares: "So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."
Service: Students and teachers help each other and the community to emulate Christ-like compassion and love for all people. John 13:35 says, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."
We believe that each child is a special gift from God, a unique creation, possessing his own personality, learning style and maturation pace. Mindful of this, our programs are designed to encompass the total child, and promote spiritual, physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of each individual.
In this total program, the Word of God influences everything the child learns and serves as a unifying and organizing force in the school and early childhood program."
Excerpted from the preschool's website