What Will They Teach My Child At a Lutheran School?
What Will They Teach
My Child at a Lutheran School?
Lutheran schools are known for their academic quality and for their ability to aid moral
development. They are religious schools which include daily teaching about religion and
integrate religious beliefs into everything they teach.
Many parents who are considering enrolling their child(ren) wonder:
Lutheran schools teach what Lutherans believe.
- That the Bible is the source and basis for their beliefs. “and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2Timothy 3:15 – 16)
- That all people and all faiths are to be shown respect. “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:39)
- That only through faith in Jesus Christ can people be saved. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Lutheran schools teach about God.
- The Almighty, loving Creator of everything and everyone. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
- One God, but three equal persons (Trinity). “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spiritˇ”
- A Judge who requires us to fulfill His law perfectly. “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.” (James 2:10)
- A loving Savior who died for our sins and arose from the dead. “but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2Timothy 1:10)
- A Sanctifier who gives us faith through His Word and sacraments. “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1Corinthians 6:11)
- The Author of the Bible who inspired men to write every word as He directed. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in
righteousnessˇ” (2Timothy 3:16)
- LOVE! He loves all people perfectly, in spite of how they may act. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1John 4:8)
Lutheran schools teach about people.
- Created individually and specially by God. “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13)
- Loved always and completely by God. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
- Required by God to obey His law perfectly. “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
- Unable to obey God perfectly (everyone sins). “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20)
- Saved from eternal punishment by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.’” (Galatians 3:13)
- Unable to earn God’s favor or forgiveness. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
- Brought to saving faith by the Holy Spirit and given eternal life in heaven. “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1Corinthians 6:23)
- Given forgiveness of sins and eternal life. “ˇGet up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name.” (Acts 22:16)
- Motivated by God’s love to love all other people and serve God. “Jesus replied, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make our home with him.’” (John 14:23)
- Eager to share the Good News. “For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20)
Many children are led, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to believe what is taught in a
Lutheran school. It is helpful for parents to know what they learn, and to reinforce that
learning by taking them to church services. Many parents also want to learn more about
the church that values children and their Christian education so much that they sponsor
a Lutheran school.