"And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise." - Deuteronomy 6:6-7
Cahaba Academy, established in 2008, is a homeschool ministry of First Baptist Church Trussville, Alabama. Our understanding of Christian education can be summarized under four headings: parental responsibility for education, the standard of education, the method of education, and the goal of education.
God gave responsibility for spiritually training children to the parents. Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 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. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” In the New Testament, Paul teaches that fathers should “bring [their children] up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4).
We believe that the Word of God is the standard of truth (John 17:17); that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom Proverbs 1:7); and that the Word of God is useful for teaching so that we are equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Cahaba Academy parents should strive to teach history, science, mathematics, grammar, reading, writing, and every other subject from the perspective of Scripture.
The goal of Christian education is to train children to be faithful servants of God, to live holy lives, to fulfill their callings in the world, and to be useful members of the Body of Christ. Christians are to train their children to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33), and to do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
We at Cahaba Academy believe that the home school provides an environment for Christian education. The responsibility of educating children is the responsibility of every parent, but home schooling provides parents a unique opportunity to individually direct the materials and methods for educating their children. Therefore, home schooling provides an atmosphere in which children may be trained to seek God’s glory in all that they do. Finally, home schooling permits parents literally to obey God’s command to teach their children in the midst of daily life.
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