Everything You Need to Know about What It Means to Be a Lutheran School

Everything You Need to Know about What It Means to Be a Lutheran School

Wednesday, 02 November 2022 20:52

Although it may seem early, now is the time to start looking into school options for your rising preschooler or kindergartener or for your older student if you are considering a change for them. With the increased demand for alternative school options, which resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools are already developing waitlists for the 2023-2024 school year. 

There are a number of quality schooling options available in the Northville area, including public schools, charter schools, private schools, and Christian schools. St. Paul is a Lutheran School, but you may be asking what this means and what sets St. Paul apart from the other types of schools in the area. 

 

Lutheranism is one of the largest evangelical Christian denominations, and the Lutheran school system is the largest Protestant school system in the United States. Lutherans have a rich history of providing excellent education to students at all levels of education, including elementary and middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, and seminaries. 

What Sets a Lutheran School Apart from Other Schools?

There are a number of reasons to consider a Lutheran education for your child. Lutheran schools educate from a Christian worldview, and the teachings are based on the principles and beliefs of the Lutheran denomination. Lutheran schools are also known for their quality, which can be traced all the way back to Martin Luther, who advocated for education reform. 

So what do Lutherans believe? Here are some of the core tenants of the Lutheran denomination:

  • People are separated from God because of sin and are unable to save themselves through works.
  • The Bible is God’s Word, inspired by Him, without errors or contradictions,  and completely reliable. It can be trusted as the only authoritative rule and source of Christian doctrine.
  • God is Triune- He has revealed Himself to us as three distinct persons (Matthew 28:19) in one divine being (Deuteronomy 6:4); the three persons are God the Father, God the Son, who came down to earth as Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit.
  • While the existence of God is revealed in nature (Psalm 19:1), it is only through His Word that we can learn who God is and His love for us.
  • All creation came about through the Word of God (Genesis 1, John 1:2). God’s creation was perfect but was corrupted due to Adam and Eve’s sin. All of mankind is born into sin because of Adam and Eve’s sin (Psalm 51:5; Romans 5:12).
  • The son of God (Jesus) became human and lived among us (John 1:14) while we were still sinners in order to live a perfect life, fulfill God’s law, and die on the cross in our place.
  • After he was crucified, Jesus Christ rose from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6; John 20:27) and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father (Acts 7:56);
  • Pardon from sin and peace with God was won for the whole world through the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 John 2:2)
  • The forgiveness of sins and everlasting life is received by faith alone.
  • The Holy Baptism is a work of God, by which he calls people (including infants and children) by water and His Word, gives them his Holy Spirit, creates faith within them, and washes away all sin (Acts 2:38; 1 Peter 3:21; Titus 3:5).
  • The Lord’s Supper is also a means of grace, where we receive the very body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, really present in with and under the bread and wine, given by Christ himself for Christians to eat and to drink for the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-24; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:17-32).
  • The work of creating, sustaining, and strengthening faith is a work of God, which is carried out by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3).
  • Christ will return on the last day to resurrect the dead and judge the world, granting eternal life to all believers and delivering all unbelievers into eternal condemnation (Matthew 25:31-32).

Why Should You Choose a Lutheran Education?

Now that you understand a little more about Lutheran beliefs, here are three reasons to consider a Lutheran school education:

1. Lutheran schools are gospel-centered and mission-minded

There is no doubt your child will learn about the good news of Christ in a Lutheran school. The belief that people are separated from God because of sin and can only be saved through faith in Jesus informs the way students are taught on a daily basis.

Often a ministry of a Lutheran church, the gospel is integrated into every part of a Lutheran school’s curriculum. Students may participate in Bible classes, but they will most certainly learn about God, spend time in prayer, and have Christ-like role models. 

2. Lutheran schools are part of a large network

There are over two thousand five hundred preschools, elementary and middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries that make up Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod schools across the United States.

3. Lutheran school teachers can focus on educating your child

As private schools, Lutheran schools do not have to worry about state-issued tests, which allow teachers to spend more time focusing on the individual needs of each child. Lutheran school teachers can also foster spiritual growth among their students, serving as role models and mentors.

Contact St. Paul Northville

Although St. Paul Northville is a Lutheran school, St. Paul's welcomes children of all faiths, and socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. Forty-two percent of the student body is non-Lutheran. To learn more about how your child can benefit from a St. Paul’s education or to schedule a tour, contact us today.