Mission of Gethsemane Lutheran School
1. Proclaim Jesus as Savior from sin. The goal of Gethsemane Lutheran School is to nurture the souls of students so that they may be certain of their forgiveness in Christ and have the certain hope of everlasting life through Jesus.
"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
"Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations...teaching them to observe all the things that I have commanded you..." Matthew 28:20-21
"I am persudaded that [nothing]...shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
We strive to help each child realize more fully that through faith he/she is a new-born person in Christ, and has a happy relationship with God as His son or daugher.
"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the children of God!" 1 John 3:1
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
2. Equip Children to be ambassadors for His Service. Christ's work and desire was to do the will of His Father. This is the goal of Gethsemane Lutheran School - to nurture a child who wants to please his/her heavenly Father at all times out of love for Him and by drawing on the strength that is given through Christ. Basic to our instruction is the will of God and the grace of God as they are revealed in the God-inspired Scriptures.
"Therefore, if anone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!...We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us." 2 Corinthians 5:17, 20
3. Uphold high academic standards. Graduates of Gethsemane are successfully admitted to the secondary schools in the area on the same basis as those from public schools. The teachers and the Board of Education seek to maintain high standards in the school while giving careful regard for the individual's learning potential.
Address: 11315 E. Broadway
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Phone and Fax: (509) 922-7097
Church Office: (509) 926 - 3317
View Toward Christian Education
Gethsemane Lutheran considers Christian education to be the most complete and valuable education available, since it deals with all aspects of a child's development: soul, mind, and body. God has given the primary responsibility of this education to parents.
"And these words which I command you today will be in your heart; you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." Deut. 6:5 - 7
Parents who wish to have their children receive a Christian education and training are welcome to enroll their children in our school. The school cannot take the place of the home, nor does it desire to do so, but it can assist parents in their God-given duty of training their child "in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Ephisians 6:4) and "in the way he should go" (Proverbs 22:6).
We are convinced that the home must uphold and reinforce the work of the school. The primary responsibility for the child still rests with the parents. We ask you to take an active part in the education and development of your child.
1. Spiritual Development
The goals for our students are:
- that they understand themselves in relation to sin and grace as we learn from the two chief doctrines of Scripture, Law and Gospel. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:23 - 24).
- that they have a working knowledge of the Bible, so that they may feel a degree of success in handling it; reading it and meditating on it; "You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me (Jesus)" (John 5:39)
- that they know the true God by faith and have a deep respect for the absolute authority of God's Word; "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You sent" (John 17:3) and "But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and contrite of spirit, And who trembles at My word." (Isaiah 66:2)
- that they are certain of God's love & forgiveness for them "...be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you" (Matthew 9:2)
- that they feel secure in the care and protection of God in all life experiences; "Be still and know that I am God...The LORD of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge" (Psalm 46:10 - 11) and "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5)
- that they develop their individual prayer life "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7)
- that they use to their fullest the gifts given by God "...whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Corinthians 10:31)
- that they face the future with confident hope, knowing that someday the Lord will return to take His children home to heaven "So we are always confident...for we walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:6f).
2. Social Development
The goals for our students are:
- that they recognize that every other individual is also an object of God's love
- that they realize that, they are, in effect, their "brother's keeper", and as such should show consideration, understanding, and love towards others; "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others" (Philippians 2:4)
- that they be forgiving, since they have been forgiven; "And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving on another, even as God in Christ forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32)
- treat their others in a manner consistent with Jesus' words "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:39)
3. Mental & Physical Development
The goals for our students are:
- that they realize their worth as an individual in the sight of God, because they are redeemed children of God through faith in Jesus Christ "...knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold...but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18f) and "...you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:20)
- that they honestly accept any mental and physical limitations as well as individual potentials, as part of God's plan for them. "We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).