Our Educational Philosophy
The educational philosophy of Chisago Lakes Baptist School 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 pointedly true of man who was made in God's image, different in kind from all other creation, with the unique capacity to know and respond to God personally and voluntarily. Because man is a sinner by nature and choice, he cannot, in this condition, know and honor God in his life. He 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 his life.
The entire process of education is seen as a means used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into fellowship with God, to help him become strong or mighty in spirit, to assist him in developing a Christian mind, to enable him to think God's thoughts, to train him in Christ-likeness, and to help the student demonstrate Christ-like character qualities so that he can fulfill God's total purpose for his life personally and vocationally. He is taught to see all truth as God's truth and to integrate it with and interpret it by God's Word. He is educated as an individual with his own unique abilities and personality who learns to live and work with others at home, in the church, and in a changing secular society. Ideally, he interacts with and taught by parent and teacher models who are themselves born again and have this perspective on life.
The authority for such an education comes 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 parents' request, the Christian school, along with the church, becomes a partner in giving this education. Our Christian school is an extension, and a ministry of, our local, independent church (Chisago Lakes Baptist Church). Our school serves our parents and others of like mind in our community who desire to fulfill their responsibility of educating their child from a uniquely Christ-centered perspective.