Academics

Overview

Christian Heritage is a K-12 school serving families who desire to raise children of godly character and who understand that all learning is a part of your child’s discipleship. 

Our philosophy of education is the Principle Approach, which emphasizes historic truth, biblical principles, and Christian reasoning at the core of every subject.  

Classes meet Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 2:30pm, with the option of an early morning drop-off at 7:45am.

I. God’s Principle of Individuality

God is Himself an individual who made us in His image for a providential purpose.

My unique individuality has a purposeful destiny that begins to be fulfilled through Christ’s redemption.

The end purpose of the principle of individuality is to show God’s infinity, diversity, and His infinite individuality.

II. The Christian Principle of Self-Government

Knowing God through Christ teaches me to obey Him and enjoy liberty with law.

“Obedience to the internal demands of conscience brings greater freedom than mere compliance with the external law.” (Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History p. 188) If we want to live in freedom we must follow the law that is written on our hearts then the external laws would not be restraining you but protecting you from evil and giving you freedom. “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” –Proverbs 7:2-3

III. America’s Heritage of Christian Character

As my character is forged by Christ, I reach my fullest expression and enjoy harmony with others.

“As the whole life of the Christian, from the beginning to the end, is a conflict with the world and the powers of darkness, a conflict within and without, the kingdom of God in this world must appear as militant, and must make its way by conflict; so that often in the Holy Writ, the calling of the Christian is compared to that of the military life, and the Christian is represented as the soldier of his Lord.” (Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History p. 211) To live a life of Christian Character is a battle “not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)

Christian Character is not something that comes mechanically or by force, but it is a choice that each individual has to follow Christ and do what is right.

 

IV. Conscience is the most sacred of all property.

Righteous law protects life and property; consent is the title to conscience.

“We find the founding fathers reminding us that ‘we have a property’ in our rights- and that the right to conscience is the most important. As we were reminded in the writings of Neander, liberty of conscience did not exist until Christianity appeared in the world. With its appearing the individual became important- and his most sacred possession was his conscience.” (Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History p. 228) We have a right to life, liberty, and property. The most sacred of all property is the conscience.

“Conscience: the principle within us, which decides on the lawfulness or unlawfulness of our own actions and affections, and instantly approves or condemns them.” (Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History p.229) Our conscience helps us to detect what is right and what is wrong.

 

V. The Christian Form of Government

The form of government proven to best protect life and property is a Christian constitutional federal republic.

1. Internal government includes property, Christian self-government and union. We must have stewardship over our property, learn to govern ourselves and unite with others before we see external changes and have freedom from restraint.
2. External government includes: “The principle of representation, the separation of powers, and the dual form of government.” This is the structure and framework of our constitution.

The three branches of government:

1. Legislative- “giving or enacting laws…” (Websters 1828)
2. Executive- “having the quality of executing or performing…carries the laws into effect, or superintends the enforcement of them.” (Websters 1828)
3. Judicial- judging or giving justice. “for the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our law giver, the Lord is our king; it is He who will save us.” Isaiah 33:22

Wycliffe said “Dominion belongs to grace.” Our founding fathers knew that a government must be founded on moral principles from God’s Law.  We cannot have civil liberty without a Christian form of Government. ‘God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable…” (John Witherspoon)

VI. How the Seed of Local Self-Government is Planted

Education is the cause to effect multi-generational maintenance of a Christian republic.

The Seed of Local Self-Government is first planted in the heart of the individual and when it is rooted it spreads to the rest of the family and church through the influence of the individual. It then spreads to the community/neighborhoods, then to the city, then to the state, then to the nation, and then to the world.  In order to have a self governed nation, there must be self governed people.

VII. The Christian Principle of American Political Union

The internal gives rise to the external. Internal unity produces external union.

Union: “The act of joining two or more things into one, and thus forming a compound body or a mixture; or the junction or coalition of things thus united.” “’One kingdom, joy and union without end.’-Milton” (Websters 1828)

“It was from the churches of the New Testament that the Pilgrims derived their ideas of Christian Unity.” (Teaching and Learning America’s Christian History p.267) America has a rich heritage of Christian Political Union. America is very diverse with many independent states, yet every state pledges to each other, and to be united under God.