Black Hills Christian Academy

Subject Philosophy Statements

Bible Class:  At BHCA, we teach Bible for two main reasons: one, so students will develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; and two, so students will know the Bible and live Biblically. The Bible is God's Word, and the Bible is Truth (2 Tim. 3:16-17, John 14:6, John 17:17). Understanding Christ's impact on our lives, developing a Biblical worldview to see everything from God's perspective (Eph. 6:13, Rom. 12:2), and application of Biblical principles while being transformed into Christ's image (1 Cor. 13:1, 2 Cor. 5:17, Col. 2:9) are all goals of teaching God's Holy Word to BHCA students. Biblical knowledge builds a foundation for learning, life style, development of character, and strong work ethic (Prov. 22:6, Luke 2:52, Matt. 5:13-16). We teach the Bible because our ultimate goal is to bring honor and glory to God with the purpose of showing Christ to a lost world (Acts 2:41, Acts, 1:8, Matt. 28:18-20).

 

Mathematics: Mathematics is a content area where God reveals HIs glory as the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Col. 1:16-17). He is a God of order (1 Cor. 14:33,40), and math is an opportunity to study God's perfect work and nature (Deut. 32:4) and His precision (Ex. 40:47). Learning mathematical principles develops critical thinking, problem solving, reasoning, and evaluation skills - important tools for making wise use of God's creation. The development of mathematical skills will lead students to an appreciation for God's glory and orderliness, and mathematical study in a God-focused environment will develop hearts of praise and thanksgiving for God's goodness as Creator. 

 

Language Arts is an emphasis at BHCA because communication with God and His people is essential (John 1:1, James 1:19, Rom. 10:17).  With effective communication skills we can read the Bible and understand that our language reflects that we are created in His image (Gen. 1:27) to evangelize the world (Rom. 10:17), to listen to His people and to God (Ps. 19:14, James 1:19), and to speak God’s Truths & Words (2 Sam. 22:7, Ps. 94:9).  God, in His goodness, presented us with the great gift of communication and so allows us to hear, listen, speak, write, and read.

 

History:  BHCA’s students learn history through a Kingdom worldview with God as the author of the true story (Acts 17:26-27, 2 Tim 3:16-17), who has planned and directed all events in order to establish Christ’s kingdom on earth (1 Cor 15:28, Eph 1:10-11).  We present both a Biblical and secular account (1 Tim 2:1-2, 2 Sam 23:3, 2 Cor 10:15), identifying and studying examples of both positive and negative character traits (Ps 78:3-4) as God has worked through people throughout history.  The story of the human race is the story of God’s redemptive acts to rescue His people and destroy His enemies (Gen 3:15), and history records mankind’s attempts to live out the Creation Mandate (that God commands humankind to “rule” over creation by learning to take care of it - Gen. 1:26-28) in a fallen world.  The study of history also addresses our responsibilities for developing citizenship in a Christian community (Mark 12:30-31), cultural identity (Rom 12:2, Heb 13:9), and awareness of a global world and people.

 

Science:  The primary goal of the Christian science student is to know & glorify God as the creator of the universe. Curiosity and scientific inquiry of God’s complexity and intricacy of God’s Handiwork in the study of Science and His creation will create a wonder that will grow into worshipful awe.  As students begin to view all of life through the eyes of faith, they will see evidences of God’s power, wisdom, beauty, and love all around them (Is 64:8 & 40:26, Ps 24:1, Col 1:16-17, Ps 104:5, Job 12:9).  God is the Creator of the Universe and actively involved in the physical world; there is order and purpose in all creation and nothing is by chance (Eph 2:10, 1 Cor 14:33).  Science is an investigation of the workings of God’s creation and the Creation Mandate (that God commands humankind to “rule” over creation by learning to take care of it - Gen. 1:26-28).  God & His Word are Truth (Rom 1:20, 1 Cor 1:26-29, Gal 1:11-12).  At BHCA we believe all scientific theories shall be discussed openly as age-appropriate, with freedom to explore all viewpoints. Students should be able to defend their beliefs through a Biblical worldview as God the creator (Ps 139, Gal 1:11-12).  The way we teach our students about creation will point them toward the Creator (Rom 11:26, Gen 1, Jer 32:19, Col 1:16-17).

 

Physical Education, Music, and Art are taught at BHCA for the purpose of glorifying God, expressing His glory because of His character and nature.  Our bodies are the temple of God (Rom 12:1) and each part of the body has its own gifts (Rom 12:5, 1 Cor 12:12-27).  We use our bodies to praise and worship God, the Supreme Artist (Ps 96:1, Ps 40:3, Is 64:8, Jer 18:3-6), pursuing excellence in all that we do (Heb 12:1-2).