Guiding Principals & Values
The families and students of Canaan Christian Academy, along with administrators, faculty, and staff, agree to uphold the following Bible-based values that guide the choices we make and the manner in which we live:
1. We live in submission to the Word of God.
Recognizing that God’s Word has all authority, we are committed to believe and obey the Scriptures.
(II Timothy 3:16-17; I Thessalonians 2:13)
2. Our goal is Christ.
Believing that the Lord Jesus Christ is to have preeminence in all things, we worship Him alone. Pleasing Him is our highest motive. Our desire is to be true followers of Christ. (Philippians 3:7-11; Colossians 1:18)
3. We are separated to God.
Being separated to the Lord sets us apart from the spirit and culture of the world. We seek to honor the Lord by living a life that is consecrated unto Him. (I Peter 1:15-16; I Corinthians 6:19-20)
4. We serve the Lord as members of a local church.
Knowing that the Scriptures provide the doctrine and pattern for local churches to follow, we belong to a church that adheres to the New Testament pattern in faith and practice, and we advance the gospel through the ministry of our church. (Acts 2:41-42; Acts 5:42)
5. We are faithful witnesses unto Christ.
Believing that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, we give the gospel message to the lost, seeking to win them to Christ and to help them become true disciples of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 1:8; Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 28:18-20)
6. We recognize the stewardship of life.
Understanding that our lives belong to the Lord, we strive to be faithful stewards of all that He has given us. This includes using our time, talents, and possessions for the glory of God. (I Corinthians 4:2; Romans 14:11-12;
Luke 12:15; Malachi 3:8-11)
7. We deal with others in honesty and sincerity.
Realizing the importance of our testimony, we exercise integrity in our relationships and dealings with others. We seek to have Christ’s heart of love and compassion for all people. (Colossians 3:1-17; Titus 2:1-15;
Philosophy of Education
Our Philosophy Grows Out of Our Theology.
The philosophy of education held by Canaan Christian Academy grows out of our theology. Believing in the one true and living God as revealed in the Scriptures, and believing that redemption for fallen man has been provided through the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, we therefore hold a philosophy of education which recognizes God as the Author of all truth, and which centers on the Person of Jesus Christ. We reject any philosophy that does not recognize the existence and nature of God as taught in the Bible, and that does not recognize that the chief end of man is to know God through His Son and to glorify Him.
The Goal Is to Develop the Mind of Christ.
We believe the goal of Christian education is to develop the mind of Jesus Christ. Knowing that Christ Himself is the Creator, and that all things were created by Him and for Him, we hold that all truth finds its origin in the Person of Jesus Christ. In Him are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3).
God’s Word Is the Cornerstone.
We believe that God’s Word, the Bible, must be central in all learning. As the divinely inspired, written revelation of God, the Bible is the cornerstone of Christian education. All knowledge and truth discovered in the processes of learning find bedrock in God’s Word. The Bible is the unchanging, absolute truth by which we interpret and understand all truth.
Christ-centered Education Provides the Foundation for Life.
We believe that a Christ-centered education provides the foundation for all of life. Christian education is not confined to a classroom, but is committed to the development of the whole person—spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. Therefore, all requirements and opportunities placed before students are viewed as a part of their education. Training both inside and outside the classroom helps them to grow in favor with God and in favor with man, and thus be prepared for life.
The Supernatural Work of God is Necessary.
We believe that the supernatural work of the Spirit of God is necessary to Christian education. It is only by the Spirit of God that we are born into the family of God, and this regeneration is required if one is to develop the mind of Christ. It is also the work of the Spirit of God to illumine the minds of those who have been regenerated. The Spirit of God teaches us all truth and guides us into the understanding of truth. He also grants wisdom to apply truth to life, because truth is given to us not simply to be known, but to be lived (Joshua 1:8). Without the work of the Spirit of God, Christian education cannot take place; we will be ever learning, and never able to come unto the knowledge of the truth. Teachers and students alike must be ever aware of their need for the Lord and must pray for His enabling.