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GCS Core Values Part 3

December 07, 2017
By John Morrison

The Apostle Peter, in his second epistle, writes: “applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence …” (2 Pet. 1:5)  Moral character,  reflecting the very nature of God, should be a priority for those who seek as disciples to become increasingly conformed to the image of Christ.

In the past two blogs, I featured our GCS core values focusing upon our spiritual and academic distinctives.  In this piece, I will  quote an excerpt from our “core values” document concerning the priority of character development.  


While we emphasize the development of intellectual capacity and academic skills, we believe a higher goal of Christian education is the cultivation of Christ-like character. In 2 Timothy 3:1, the Apostle Paul states: “But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come….”  He goes on to portray the distinctives of a deteriorating culture, all characterized by individuals who are self-absorbed.  In this context, we believe it is essential for GCS to formulate all policies (relating to student behavior, attitudes, etc.), with the goal of teaching godly respect and honor for staff and fellow students, healthy self-control, personal integrity, and an overall understanding for the need to live with others in Christian love by preferring them above self. We appreciate a particular theme scripture used by the school in recent years and encourage its continued emphasis with students, families and staff: “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10 ESV).

The administration will continually evaluate all student policies, thinking through the rationale behind each one with the intent of its ultimately being designed to help ensure a healthy school community and environment while at the same time reinforcing among the students appropriate Christian character.

As a number of folks through history have observed, “No doubt knowledge imparted by schools is valuable, but above it is character.”  Indeed, so-called education without emphasizing the higher priority of character development is entirely deficient!  We pray that God will help us effectively train our students, in partnership with their parents and the local church, in the kind of godly character that should characterize the Christian life!  Indeed, this is a vital priority as our larger culture continues its headlong departure from our traditional, Judeo/Christian values.

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