Educators have argued for years that the essential purpose of education should be to provide the next generation with basic literacy and to transfer the essential elements of wisdom and knowledge. Noah Webster simply said, "Education is useless without the Bible." Like Webster, Maranatha Christian Academy is committed to an educational process that begins with the Bible. Consider these verses:
According to the Bible, true wisdom and knowledge can only be experienced in Jesus Christ. Therefore, education for Christians and specifically Maranatha students, must be bibliocentric. Colossians 1:18 tells us that "Jesus is to be pre-eminent or first in all things." We know that Jesus and the Word are one according to John 1:1-3.
At MCA, God's Word is at the center of all curriculum, programs and activities. This helps combat a compartmentalized view of life within students, where some subjects or programs are looked at as being secular, while others, like Bible, are viewed as sacred. Integrating God's Word into the curriculum does not take place by merely adding a Bible verse to every lesson. It takes place when the teacher looks at the subject matter through the lens of God's Word. This deliberate effort on the part of teachers, club advisors, coaches, support staff and administrators assists students in seeing the Lord and His Word as the foundation of truth in all of life.
Integration of faith into all areas of the school not only makes MCA a distinctly Christian school, but also helps develop a distinctly Christian student. The life of the teacher is paramount in this process. Luke 6:40 tells us the important role of the teacher, "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher." We know that truth is caught as much as taught. Christian educators, serving as the living curriculum, model a vital relationship with Jesus Christ; encourage their students to imitate them as they imitate Him, while weaving the Word of God into the fabric of their curriculum.