FBS Spiritual Opportunities
A BASIC PHILOSOPHY OF FBS
First Baptist School was established in 1949 as an educational ministry of the First Baptist Church. It was decided that a day school program would provide an opportunity for the church to increase the teaching of Bible and to enhance character development in the lives of young people within the church and the community. Accepting God’s Word that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” the church believed that students should be provided with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the Bible and thereby to develop a personal relationship with Christ.
- The educational program is founded in Christian teachings and is presented from a Christian perspective.
- The development of the “whole child” is emphasized as physical, mental, social, and spiritual growth is nurtured.
- The development of four fundamental life-long relationships, to God, to one’s self, to others, and to one’s environment, is incorporated in the teaching and application of knowledge.
- We seek to lead every student to an awareness of the love of God in Jesus Christ. As students grow in their understanding of God, we hope that they will respond in faith to Jesus Christ. Growth in this response process leads to the fulfilling of God’s purpose to understand, shape, use, preserve and enjoy God’s creation in a life of service to God and to all of humanity.
From two year kindergarten to the twelfth grade, Bible is taught as part of the total curriculum to each student in the school.
- In the self-contained classroom in two year kindergarten through the third grade, Bible is taught through Bible stories and their application to our lives, memorization of the scriptures, and daily devotions and prayer time.
- In grades four – twelve, students are assigned to a Bible class as part of the total curriculum where they will study Old and New Testament, the teachings of Christ, memorization of the scriptures, different denominations and religions doctrines, apologetics and ethics.
BIBLE CURRICULUM FOR GRADES 9 – 12
New Testament 1 (The Gospels and Acts)
This course is designed to teach students that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah from the Old Testament, and that through Him all of the promises given to us in the Old Testament are fulfilled. In the four biographies of the life of Jesus, called the four Gospels, Jesus Christ not only claims to be God, but He proves it through His life, death, and resurrection. Students will learn those claims of Jesus, and why they are reliable and compelling claims.
New Testament 2 (Epistles and Doctrine)
In the other letters and epistles of the New Testament the authors attest to what they saw, heard, and experienced with Jesus, which corroborated Jesus’ claims of Messiahship. Students will also learn those corroborating claims by other witnesses, and their implications for our lives. Largely drawing from the epistles, Students will learn about the Christian doctrines on topics such as: God, the Trinity, creation, the fall, redemption, the Bible, the incarnation, the crucifixion, the resurrection, salvation, sanctification, and the church. Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the Christian faith and its terminology.
Doctrine and Apologetics
Doctrine: In this semester course, students will learn about the basic beliefs of Christianity. Students will learn about the Christian doctrines on topics such as: God, the Trinity, creation, the fall, redemption, the Bible, the incarnation, the crucifixion, the resurrection, salvation, sanctification, and the church. Students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the Christian faith and its terminology.
Apologetics: In this semester course, students will investigate the truth claims made by the Christian faith and their validity. Students will discuss basic worldviews and philosophical points of view. Students will examine the basic arguments for the existence of God and the premises of each. Students will be exposed to deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning. Students will examine the most common objections to the Christian faith such as: the problem of evil, the reliability of scripture, the creation-evolution controversy, and the many injustices committed in the name of religion. Finally, students will examine the inconsistencies that can be found in other worldviews. Students will also be challenged to learn how to discuss these topics with others with civility.
Ethics and Culture
Ethics: In this semester course, students will learn about different ethical theories such as: Deontological Ethics, Teleological Ethics, Ethical Egoism, and Moral Relativism. Students will learn strategies to confront ethical dilemmas and make tough choices. Students will also consider issues such as: abortion, euthanasia, drinking alcohol, sexual ethics, the environment, capital punishment, and war.
Culture: In this semester course, students will learn that Jesus Christ is not only active throughout our culture, but culture is also actively longing for a savior. Basic elements of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are evident everywhere in our culture, and students will learn how to recognize these elements in cultural artifacts and reflect on them. Students will learn to engage culture critically and analytically, from a Christian perspective. They will also learn why people create culture and how Christians should do it well and often.
Two year through five year kindergarten and grades one through six attend a formal chapel service every other week. Chapel is lead by the First Baptist Church Minister to Children and the teachers and their classes. Chapel begins with the saying of the pledges to the United States flag, Christian flag and the Bible. They will have a time of singing praise songs. Classes will participate by performing skits, saying scriptures and poems, and the teacher or Minister to Children will share a message about how Christ teaches us to live our lives.
Grades seven through twelve attend chapel services weekly. The services may be formal worship services or praise and worship services. The chapel may be lead by the Minister to Students, the pastoral staff of First Baptist Church, teachers and students from the school or guest speakers. In chapel they will discuss topics that are facing our young people and how Christ taught us to live our lives.
During the year, grades seven through twelve will participate in Christian Focus Week which is a special concentration of chapel services addressing special topics facing our youth. Christian Focus Week usually includes guest speakers and musicians.
During the school year both lower and upper school chapels will be introduced to special service projects where our students, faculty and staff can participate by giving gifts or their times to share Christ’s love. Examples are:
- Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse
- I Heart Hungry Kids
- Collecting items to be sent with people going to other areas to do short term missions
Special Programs Across the Curriculum
- During the 2013-2014 school years, the English, Math and Bible Departments did a study on Blaise Pascal, the great Christian mathematician. The students in grades seven through twelve studied Pascal and the many contributions that he made to society through math, philosophy and religion. They spent a day making presentations to the lower school on Pascal.
Academic excellence with a Christian perspective
STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
1. God is the source of truth.
2. The primary academic responsibility of FBS is to provide a college preparatory education with academic
excellence in a Christian setting.
3. The highest level of Christian integrity must characterize all we do.
4. A Christian perspective sees all of life as a part of God's creation, accepting the principles of the Bible
as the standard established by the Creator.
5. The development of spiritual, intellectual, artistic, physical, and social values promoted in a nurturing
Christian environment, provides meaning and direction for life.
6. Education with Christian spirituality gives life divine direction, gives perspective to knowledge, and
leads students to seek God's leadership in their lives.
7. The spiritual responsibility of FBS is the preparation of young people for a life of Christian
8. The value of learning Biblical truths along with other disciplines makes spirituality a natural part of
9. Christian ethics with spiritual motivation are invaluable to the individual and to society.
10. Students are challenged to fulfill their God-given potential in a safe, nurturing environment.
STATEMENT OF GOALS
1. To seek God’s will continually in planning for the future of FBS.
2. To encourage and assist each student to develop a personal relationship with God.
3. To demonstrate Christian teachings in every aspect of FBS curricular and extra-curricular activities.
4. To provide the highest level of academic excellence that encourages students to achieve their complete
potential in all endeavors and to meet the ever-changing demands of contemporary society.
5. To provide an encouraging, caring environment which attracts and maintains a qualified faculty
and staff committed to the mission of FBS.
6. To encourage continued spiritual and professional l growth for all faculty and staff of FBS.
7. To provide financial, professional, and personal support for the faculty and staff in fulfillment of
the mission of FBCS.
8. To provide a variety of curricular and extracurricular activities for the development of the whole
person, preparing students for college and “real-life” experience.
9. To provide increasing levels of service to students, families, and the community.
10. To provide increasing levels of service to students, families, and the school community.
11. To provide a safe and physically comfortable environment where students’ learning can occur.
12. To provide the resources, equipment, and physical plant which promote academic success.