Value number 1: Biblical Principles
Thoughts from Headmaster, Rebekah Hagstrom
Liberty Classical Academy’s Body of Values begin with Biblical Principles. Why is this one listed first? Because it encompasses ALL the values; the rest follow naturally from the standard of Biblical Principles. It is arguably, then, the most important value of all as it serves as a summary statement for the others.
By definition, values set a standard by which we conduct ourselves. They are our ideals. Therefore, in elevating Biblical Principles as our first and foremost value, we are asking our whole school community to live and work by the Principles held within the Bible. If we are doing so, our interactions, our work ethic, our relationships, our likes and dislikes, our notions of right and wrong, will all reflect the Principles God lays out in the Bible.
In order to develop an understanding of what it means to live by Biblical Principles with our students, we tie them into all coursework, discipline, off-campus trips, extra-curricular activities, school events, and all other elements of Liberty’s program.
Examples of Biblical Principles include:
- The Fruits of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control
- The Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
- God’s grace and forgiveness
- Hard work
- The value of life and humanity
- The importance of Biblical marriage and family
- Individual responsibility
- Servant heart and attitude
Finally, by emphasizing these Biblical Principles in all elements of our school, we’re enabling our students to embrace the truth of God’s Word throughout their school day and in all of their learning and related school programming. We pray this leads to their desire to embrace and reflect these Biblical Principles in their own lives.
Thoughts from K-12 Director, Jeff Button
Biblical Principles is first in our body of values and for good reason. Under Biblical Principles all the other values of Liberty Classical are subservient.
In any given day in this institution, our teachers guide and direct student learning, relationships, and actions through the value of Biblical Principles. We challenge our students in all academic and interpersonal disciplines to look for God and his precepts.
For example, what can we learn of God through our study of math? Plenty! Through our studies we can see that God is orderly, reliable, true, and beautiful. Is math beautiful? Maybe not when we are six steps into a difficult geometry proof, but when we’re constructing a home that doesn’t leak because we calculated the proper amount of sheeting and shingles to install, math is beautiful indeed.
In music, we learn of God. In science, we learn of God. In athletics, literature, and history, we learn of God.
Knowing that the school experience for any student contains far more than only academic endeavors, we work diligently at all levels to inculcate Biblical Principles in our students.
At Liberty Classical, we are not afraid to call a spade a spade; sin exists in the lives of all humans. We have young humans in our care eight hours per day, five days per week, nine months per year, for 12 years.
When I have students in my office for disciplinary issues, we always go to Biblical Principles. We do not want to treat symptomatic behaviors only. We want to train hearts and minds in the ways of God. When relationships are strained, we need to mend them. When actions are wrong, we need to right them.
On the opposite side however, we have the joy of calling up the true, the good, and the beautiful, in our students. We can say with honest pleasure, “great job” to students when they are selfless, kind and loving.
At Liberty Classical, Biblical Principles guide all we do and all we want to accomplish. It is truly the foundation for Building Lives That Inspire.