PHILOSOPHY OF THE CHRISTIAN HOME:
The Christian Home is one in which the knowledge of the scriptures and application of biblical principles are a priority. A commitment to Christ and to spiritual growth is evidenced by personal Bible study and prayer and by faithful participation in a local church. Parents endeavor to apply biblical principles in the rearing of their children. All children belong to God and are put under the authority of their parents. It is then the parents’ responsibility to educate that child (Deut. 11:18-19; Eph. 6:4, Ps. 78:1-8, Ps. 127:3-5, Prov. 19:27). The parent will be the one judged for the child’s education not the school, government, or church. Because of this fact, it is vital that the home be where the education begins. The home needs to be Christian in its manner of attitude, conduct, and worship. It is the parents’ decisions to have the church or school take over some of the teaching process and to work hand in hand in developing the child. The school also should be in line with the Christian home.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE CHURCH:
Friendship Baptist Church is an independent, fundamental church that has the mission of “Declaring the Whole Counsel of God.” We recognize the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the only infallible and inerrant Word of God. We believe there are other local, evangelical churches in our area that produce Godly families. These churches demonstrate this commitment by placing a priority on the preaching and teaching of the Bible. The education should also be consistent with the church. The church will aid in the teaching process through Sunday schools and other ministries (Acts 2:41-42). We desire to come along beside families to educate the students in a Christian manner. Since a biblical commitment to Christ is always accompanied by a commitment to His church, it is expected that every FCS family will faithfully attend a church that will meet its spiritual needs. Students are expected to participate in children’s and youth activities.
PHILOSOPHY OF THE SAVIOUR:
We must see that creation served the purpose of glorifying God (I Cor. 10:31, Col. 3:17). It is to be recognized that God not only created, but also continues to sustain His creation (Col. 1:17). Man, who was created in the image of God (each one as an unique individual), was His special creation (Gen. 1:27). His creation though has been marred by man choosing to sin (Rom. 3:23). It is this sin that now makes us an enemy of God (Ps. 51:4, Rom. 8:7). This sin nature is passed on to all men and each man is born with it (Ps. 51:5, Rom. 5:12).
It is only through this Saviour that a right relationship with God can be restored (Rom. 8:1, Rom. 5:1-11). It must then be concluded that the need of redemption is the greatest need of man (Jer. 17:9, Prov. 14:12). This redemption only comes through the acceptance of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross (Jn. 14:6). It is through the work of the Holy Spirit that this conviction is expressed (Jn. 16:8-11). Man must realize that without a Saviour, eternity will be spent in hell (Eph. 2:1-3, Rev. 20:11-15).
When our students place their faith in Christ as their personal Saviour, it conveys their understanding that a relationship with God is established by God’s grace through personal faith in the work of Christ on the cross. The gospel shapes our relationship with God and with our fellow man. It is at this point that each one can build and live a successful Christian life.