Monday, February 4, 2013

Lutheran Schools Are Set Apart

It’s no secret that Lutheran schools are different than other schools. There are some similarities between Lutheran schools and other educational institutions. Lutheran schools are similar to all other schools because we teach students to read, write, add, subtract, experiment, and solve problems. These are all very important needs that need to be met for our students. It is very evident that we teach our students very well at Central Lutheran School, as well as other Lutheran schools all over the country. However, these are all earthly needs. 

What sets us apart is that we meet the eternal needs of our students and their families. Our schools and churches are focused on sharing the good news that our salvation was bought for us by Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:18-19 says, “Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” We did not earn our salvation through good deeds, academic achievements, athletic awards, or any monetary value. It was Christ who was given up for us as a sacrifice, a perfect lamb, without any blemish, spot, or sin.
Education changes so quickly that it is difficult for us to keep up with those changes. Lutheran schools must constantly evolve in order to adapt to the changing landscape in education. Yet we must remember that for decades there have been many things that have not changed, and should not change. Most important, the focus of our ministry has not changed. Lutheran schools are committed to partnering with families in providing an education for our children that is based on the love and sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They must continue to learn that the love we show each other is because of the love first shown to us by our Heavenly Father in sending his Son into the world. What matters is that children know that Jesus loves them, and that is what has eternal value.

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