Portrait of a Grace Graduate
At Grace Community School, “Teaching Jesus” means by faith using every resource at our disposal to equip students to “Learn Jesus” as exemplified by the following descriptors tied to Grace’s core values of Redemptive Community, Educational Sanctification, and Life as Worship.
Life as Worship
Understand and commit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, submitting to God’s Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit, pursuing a Gospel-driven life of worship, mission, faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. Understand that where one’s worth comes from is in Christ alone, and that he/she is a uniquely designed reflection of His glory, practicing responsible stewardship of all of God’s Creation, including gifts and talents, bodies, finances, time (including discretionary time), digital devices, and community resources. Believe that the “good life” cannot be purchased, but must be cultivated through the discipline and habits of biblical virtue. Understand that work has dignity as an expression of the nature of God and as an act of worship, expecting, accepting, and learning humility from occasional failure and disappointment.
Be well prepared in all academic disciplines, including: proficiency in communication skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening, and digital applications); a knowledge and understanding of science, its epistemological limitations; an understanding of a naturalistic worldview and how it contrasts with a biblical worldview; a knowledge of the people, events and movements in history, including church history; and a facility with and appreciation for the language of mathematics. Appreciate the visual and performing arts, athletics, and other co-curricular activities and understand how they express and shape beliefs and values. Use biblical discernment in utilizing resources, including technology, to find, analyze, and evaluate information. Understand, articulate, and defend a biblical worldview while having a basic understanding of opposing worldviews. Understand the Bible for its historical, literary, inspirational, transformational, and theological value, acknowledging that only the Holy Spirit can apply truth to the human heart.
Embrace and practice justice, mercy, integrity, courtesy, self-discipline, and peacemaking infused with the Gospel in personal and virtual relationships. Apply spiritual principles of gratitude, humility, forgiveness, submission, other-centeredness, and love. Pursue wisdom by valuing and practicing intellectual inquiry and critical thinking, seeking to influence their world for Christ as they engage in open, honest, and humble exchange of ideas in the public marketplace. Understand the Great Commission as commanded by Christ and develop a desire to respond to that commission locally and globally in a culturally-relevant manner. Understand the worth of every human being as created in the image of God by having a critical appreciation of languages and cultures of other peoples, dispelling prejudice, promoting unity and diversity, and encouraging biblical hospitality for the alien or stranger. Be actively involved in a church community, serving God and others with humility.