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Our Core Christian Values

Our Core Christian Values

 

Love

Love is a core value for our church school because the Bible explicitly tells us that God is love and that those who live in love live in God and God lives in them (1 John 4:16).

 

In the Gospel according to Luke (10:25 - 37), Jesus teaches us, through the parable of the Good Samaritan, that God’s love calls us to serve others freely without expectation of reward.   Because all people are made in the image of God, this includes people who do not like us or who we do not like.

 

To carry the value of love in our hearts is to understand that “love is patient and kind, love is eternal and love never gives up.  It always trusts, always hopes and always continues strong.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

 

Grace

Grace is a core value of our church school because the Christian message describes the generosity and kindness of Jesus in giving us His life so that we can try to be more like Him. 

 

In Luke’s Gospel (15:11-31) Jesus says, ‘The eldest son was lost but now he has been found.’  This is described in the story of the Prodigal Son when a father forgives his son although he was seen as undeserving.

 

To act with grace is to display unconditional generosity and kindness.  To show care for others even when you believe they do not deserve it.

 

Respect

Respect is a core Christian value for our church school because we believe that all life is precious, within the image of God, and deserves to be valued.  Within the school we encourage all, “to treat others as you would want them to treat you.” (Matthew 7:12)

 

Jesus broke down social, cultural and religious barriers.  For example, He spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well when she served Him a drink, which overcame prejudice. (John 4: 7-10)

 

Our Christian value of respect means living up to the image of God within ourselves, our school and in our community. 

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