In order that we might have ‘abundant life’ or that we might ‘live life to the full’ we must accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Students don’t need a Christian school in order for this to happen. However, we trust that by being part of our school, students will understand and fully appreciate the new life they have in Christ, so that they might be faithful ambassadors in this world.
A distinct feature of Illawarra Christian School is that we teach and proclaim Jesus as the truth “…so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge…” (Colossians 2:2b-3).
How we can know about God
Students are equipped in the truth through several means.
They study God’s general and special revelation. God’s revelation of himself through creation is called general revelation, for it is available to all people, no matter what their relationship to God. The curriculum in all schools is drawn from God’s general revelation, though at Illawarra Christian School we acknowledge God as the author.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
We believe that the Bible (God’s special revelation) plays an important role in helping us understand general revelation. The Bible serves as a lens through which we see and understand the world. It is through the Bible that a worldview is developed and that each subject is taught.
How knowing God ought to change us
Students must also be equipped to carry out the work of their king in his world. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to God.”
At Illawarra Christian School it is our desire that truth be applied, discernment exercised, and every thought be taken captive for Christ, who is the Lord and King of all.