St. Mark Lutheran School exists to assist and support parents with the Christian education and training of their children. Ephesians 6:1, “Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Children learn that God’s Word is not an isolated course, but all subjects are taught in light of Scripture. Through our programs of Christian education, we are providing children of God with the discipline and training for a more effective service to their Lord . . . and at the same time, furnishing them with the knowledge and skills necessary for life in the world around them.
Why Choose a Christian Education?
Immersion in God's word. Too often Christian education is regarded as an alternative for parents to shelter or protect children from something. Nothing could be further from the truth. Christian education is entirely about exposure. A Christian education is an opportunity to continually and constantly expose children to God's saving Word. Through daily Bible study, devotions, discussion, prayer and memory work children are exposed to the love of God displayed in Jesus.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 -- "These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."
It is God pleasing.
Jesus came to win back all people for all eternity. Each child has a heavenly home waiting for them because of Jesus. It is of no cost to them. All God's children have to do is believe and trust in their Savior Jesus. Christian education pleases God because it seats children at the feet of Jesus each day.
Mark 10:14 -- "When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.'"
A partnership for a solid foundation.
It has been said that the goal of parents is to work themselves out of a job. The same can be said for teachers and schools. At some point children become adults and students graduate. A solid Christian foundation is essential for this life transition. A Christian education strengthens and reinforces the foundation being laid in Christian homes. Family and school, parents and teachers work together to build a foundation on Christ.
Proverbs 22:6 -- "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
A Christian education provides true wisdom. Students are guided to see that important questions like: "Who am I?" and "What is my purpose?" are not answered with worldly sources or inner reflection. The answers to these questions are found in the Bible. Students are taught that real purpose comes from serving God and sharing the love of Jesus with others.
Psalm 111:10 -- "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."
A matter of priority.
Children are one of the greatest blessings God allows us here on this earth. Thinking about how much we love our children strikes awe, creates perspective and reminds us again what a gracious God we have.
Our children are our top priority and God's Word must be the top priority in our children's lives. The world often tempts us to waste much time and energy reaching for "treasures" that have no real value. The same can be said for child rearing. We have lots of choices for our children when it comes to programs they can be involved in. Parents must make choices and set priorities for their children. By choosing a Christian education, parents choose to make Jesus the top priority in their children's lives.
Matthew 16:26 -- "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?"