- Kingdom education is defined as the life-long, Bible-based, Christ-centered process of leading a child into a new identity with Christ, developing him/her according to his/her specific abilities given to him/her by Christ, so that a child would be empowered to live a life characterized by love, trust and obedience to Christ. The ultimate goal of Kingdom education is to develop a mature disciple of Jesus Christ whose life glorifies God.
- Courage – a display of brave action in a dangerous or difficult situation (Joshua 1:6; Acts 28:15) The Bible teaches that all who live the way Christ wants them to live will face persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12) Jesus taught that the deception of the latter days will be powerful. (Matthew 24) The Bible also wants that there will be a great falling away in the last days. (2 Thess. 2:3) Many of the spiritual leaders of the latter days will conform to the world to avoid persecution and have a lifestyle of leisure. A courageous spiritual leader must spend much time in the Word of God and prayer. He must put on the whole armor of God to stand in the evil day. (Eph. 6:13).
- Honesty – when a person is committed to always being truthful (1 Timothy 2:2; 3:7; Titus 2:7) The Bible says that we are to speak the truth in love. (Eph. 4:15) Every Christian should be committed to always speaking the truth. There will be times when it appears that speaking the truth will do much damage, and it may appear that telling a lie will help matters. This is always Satan’s trap. He is the father of all lies. (John 8:44)
- Love – unconditional affection that humans cannot have with a relationship with God (1 Cor. 13)
The humanist definition of love is rooted in tolerance and the freedom to do whatever they want. We are reminded to love others the way Christ loves us. That is a tall order, but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Phil. 4:13) John taught that if we say we love God while hating others, we are lying. (1 John 4:20) We must confess our sins quickly to stay in good fellowship with God. (1 John 1:9) We must also have a forgiving spirit towards others, or Satan will take advantage of us. (2 Cor. 2:11)
- Service – to minister to the needs of others (Mark 10:45)
Humanists focus on meeting the social needs of others with no emphasis on serving God. Jesus taught his disciples the secret to greatness in the kingdom of God in Mark 10:35-45. The key is to be a servant of all. Satan can do much damage in a church when the leaders do not serve. To avoid this, we must make it a way of life to serve God and serve people. The only way to do this is to have a genuine relationship with Jesus and obey Him. He loves people, and He will help us to love people when we give Him the reigns of our lives.
- Competency – the ability to get the job done efficiently and with quality (2 Timothy 2:15)
Humanist pride themselves that they can do anything they desire. They greatly overestimate the potential of humans and ignore the depravity of humanity. Spiritual leaders must press on to please Christ by being obedient. We cannot be satisfied with mediocrity. The great need of these last days is for men of God to walk with God and to challenge all believers to be totally unsatisfied with casual Christianity.
- Optimism – hopeful and confident about the future (Joshua 1:9)
Many modern humanists are not very optimistic about the future of the earth and humanity. At Central Christian Academy, we believe the return and ultimate reign of Jesus Christ will is the blessed hope (Titus 2:11-14).
The importance of one’s system of values is reflected in the following sentence:
A person’s relationship with God will shape his system of values which will define the types of choices he makes and thus be demonstrated to others by the character of his life.
My relationship with God will shape my system of values. If I love Christ as He loves me, I will keep His commandments. I will value what He values. I will respect and believe His Word. I will not trust in my own understanding. I will trust in the Lord with all my heart. (Pro. 3:5-6) This will define the types of choices I make. If Christ is my life, I will put off the things of the flesh. I will put on the things of the spirit. (Col. 3:4-17) The Holy Spirit will produce the fruits of the Spirit when this relationship is right. (Gal. 5:22-23) This demonstration of character in my life will give others confidence to follow my leadership. If this character is not clearly seen, others will not follow with confidence.
I must be competent and intentional about this kind of lifestyle and leadership. First, I must prioritize my personal relationship with Jesus Christ. My devotional life is of the utmost importance. There are no shortcuts. I must study to show myself approved unto God. (2 Tim. 2:15) I must pray without ceasing. (1 Thess. 5:17) I must confess and forsake all sin. (Pro. 28:13) Like Enoch, I must walk with God to please God. (Gen. 5:22; Heb. 11:5) Like Jesus, I must be a minister to others. (Mark 10:45)
Also, I must be about my Father’s business. (Luke 2:49) Soul-winning is important business. He that wins souls is wise. (Pro. 11:30) He that does not win souls is not wise. If a pastor expects the members of the church to be soul-winners, he must set the example. I must also press on in holiness. I must abstain from the very appearance of evil. (1 Thess. 5:22) And, it is also important for others to see the joy in my life. (1 John 1:4)