Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6                                                             

At Martin Luther School, we believe the Holy Scripture calls us to raise and educate our children consistent with Godly Principles.

We believe God has created every child with dignity, value and unique gifts which necessitates offering an education that meets the needs of the whole child.  In social, intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual development.  As future leaders, our children must be provided an excellent education through knowing their gifts, growing their talents and amplifying their competencies.

Everything is to be done for the glory of God, and every Truth learned is from God, whether it be scientific, historical, or spiritual.  Christian education seeks to teach its full curriculum in this light, and only teachers with completely God-centered outlooks on life can communicate the concepts that God is the God of our everyday lives and that He must be the ruler of our lives.  Every student is instructed to view life from God’s perspective rather than man’s.  The Biblical philosophy of education is not an education that is based on religion; it is itself based on Truth and Righteousness.

The Bible has much to reference and effect on what we should teach via curriculum and how we should teach via instruction.  The following are some passages of Scripture that Martin Luther School looks to for inspiration and guidance about how or what we should teach as well as how to make an assignment and the implications of what is taught.

Apply knowledge and principles to evaluate and distinguish what is bountiful and fit.
  • But test them all: hold on to what is good.  1 Thessalonians 5:21
  • Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, as a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15
Develop noble study and reflection.
  • Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  Philippians 4:8
  • And Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24
Develop good work ethics.
  • Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all you might   Ecclesiastes 9:10
  • Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.  Colossians 3:23
Understand and maintain principles that lead to good physical and mental health.
  • Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own: you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.  1 Cor. 6:19
  • A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  Proverbs 17:22
  • For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.  1 Timothy 4:8
Apply Christian understanding to living victoriously.
  • Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:5
  • Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joys to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.  James 4:7
Share the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ with others.
  • But in your hearts revere Christ the Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reasons for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect, 1 Peter 3:15
  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…  Matthew 28:19
  • For the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives. Proverbs 11:30
Demonstrate love for others, as well as for oneself, based on the understanding of God's infinite love.
  • Do to others as you would have them do to you.  Luke 6:31
  • Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Romans 12:9
  • Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.Romans 13:10
  • And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
  • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:2
  • Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. Proverbs 10:12
Develop one's abilities to the of one’s best capacity.
  • There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 1 Corinthians 12:5
  • Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in various forms.  1 Peter 4:10
  • All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the Lord has commanded:  Exodus 35:10

At Martin Luther School, we look to Scripture for suggestions to methods and illustrations for teaching:

Draw lessons from stories and the examples as Christ did in His teaching.  *Most of Christ’s parables

Teach on a one-to-one basis.  *Great stories are those of Nicodemus and Zacchaeus

Be sensitive and alert to the special needs of individuals (ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic & diversity). *Many of the stories of Jesus and how He related to children and many sinners. As well as the story of the widow who touched Christ’s garment.

Encourage students to work together. *Christ sent His disciples out two by two and numerous references to the church being many members of one body.

Use project based learning and audio-visual techniques. *Great examples include the tabernacle in the wilderness, Ezekiel 4 and Jeremiah and the jars, and the Walls of Jericho.

FAITH

Now Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrew 11:1

At Martin Luther School, we believe that growing in Faith and the understanding of Truth are key to success in Life and Learning.  Our God calls each of us to live His Word by integration in all that we do in our actions, worship, thought, emotion, study, decisions, and interpretation.

A Christian’s life is built on the knowledge that God came to earth, died on a cross, rose again on the third day, and then ascended back into heaven. Why do we believe this, because this is what the Bible tells us. We were not there when Jesus was crucified, yet we believe. We were not there when Jesus rose again, yet we believe. Divine inspiration is believing what we did not see yet knowing in our hearts it to be true.

FRAME OF MIND

For the Grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age….  Titus 2:11

At Martin Luther School, we believe all people are children of God who are Loved and Saved by Our Lord Jesus Christ.  We fervently pray the Grace of Our Lord be with all who enter our school building. We promote and embrace individuality and creative thinking.  We encourage self-control, curiosity, self-expression, critical thinking and supportive mind sets in the light of the expectations of Our Lord through the study of God’s Word.

God uses our life circumstances to sharpen His Grace and Faith given to us, which compels us to grow in Christ-like character. One might say that Christian character is created in the tribulation of experience and affliction. Christian character is not to be confused with mere worldly morality, but possible only through Faith in Christ and the Spirit of God which is responsible for creating and growing Christian character. Christians are called to work with and not against the Spirit in this endeavor and God uses personal experiences to refine Christian character.

FORGIVENESS and FREEDOM

Whoever conceals their sin does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.  Proverbs 28:13

At Martin Luther School, we look to be a beacon of Truth and Hope in the Bismarck/Mandan Community.  A place for all to gather; the well-grounded with a solid foundation of Truth and understanding of God, as well as the lost, broken, and those in search of love, acceptance and peace.

Truth is lost in our world today.  Truth is Our Lord; lives, forgives and is a Savior for all! For those who live in the Light as well as those who live in the darkness.  The Word of God does not call us to see the world as secular or sacred, but calls us to live for Him and to bring all to the knowledge and truth of His unending love and forgiveness for anyone willing, abled or inspired.

Forgiveness is an important part of the Christian approach to life.  The Word clearly teaches us that God forgives those who repent and we are called to imitate Christ.  God cares about redeeming relationships and desires Christians to live free of resentment.

The mission of Martin Luther School is to share the Christian faith by assisting parents in providing opportunities for spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth for children in a Christ-centered environment.

Martin Luther School was established in 1995 by the Bismarck-Mandan Lutheran School Association. The Association was formed by four Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations in Bismarck and Mandan: Bethel, Messiah, Shepherd of the Valley and Zion.

In preschool through 8th grade, our emphasis at Martin Luther School is on providing a well rounded education in order to provide children the foundation they need for academic and personal success. We seek to provide an education that is Christ-centered and focused on academics as well as the personal growth and development of each child. Martin Luther School is dedicated to providing the highest-quality Christian education. We know that what we do at Martin Luther School makes a difference in the hearts and minds of children today – children that will be leaders of tomorrow.

SPIRITUAL: We are driven by a commitment to the Gospel. The message of God’s Word is interwoven into the lives of students on a daily basis.
ACADEMIC: Smaller class sizes allow for more individualized attention.
PERSONAL: We focus on relationships with each other. We teach children leadership skills that will be carried with them throughout life.