Goals:

  • To develop young Christians into the likeness of Christ (Matthew 28:19,20; Romans 8:29; Colossians 3:10). To train them in righteousness and godly living through a knowledge of the Word of God (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17).  This knowledge in the Word is done in a comprehensive way so that the student can have a context for God’s complete plan of redemption through Christ (Romans, for example; or, Paul’s emphasis on the "whole counsel of God," "the deposit," etc).
  • To see the progress of each student worked out in all areas of their lives: at home, school, church, and socially.

Essential Components:

  • Christian ninth grade students are in the process of discipleship through the instruction of their parents (Proverbs 3:1-4; Ephesians 6:1-2), their churches (Ephesians 2:19-22), and East Linn Christian Academy (Acts 19:9-10).  Ninth grade Bible students will learn basic interpretive skills, arm themselves with Scripture (Matthew 4:4; Ephesians 6:17), and follow the ways of Jesus and the apostles (Gospel living).
  • Tenth grade students will learn to interpret the Old Testament in the light of the New Testament and the fulfillment of prophecy in Jesus (Luke 24; Hebrews 1:1-3). 
  • Eleventh grade students will explore the New Testament from Romans to Revelation; they will arm themselves with Scripture (to counter the post-modern thinking of the day), and follow the ways of Jesus and the apostles (Gospel living).
  • Twelfth grade students will focus on worldviews so that they can distinguish between the secular and humanistic mindset and Christianity, and be able to give a reasoned argument against those systems that oppose God.

9th Grade:

Based on the presupposition that the world was created by God, man was made in the image of God, but he fell through sin, and that the Bible is God’s special revelation to man, the means by which spiritual life is discerned and lived, we teach freshmen to follow Christ by undertaking serious discipleship in every sphere of their lives.

Ninth graders explore, study and apply the Gospels and Acts by applying themselves to the study of Christ’s life, death and resurrection and the subsequent spread of the Word by the planting of churches.

By the end of the year each student will have a firm grasp on the Gospel, as well as its impact on the church and their own lives. 

10th Grade:

Old Testament studies, the 39 books spanning the creation to the post-exilic period in Israel’s history are the focus of the 10th graders. 

The Old Book is an acquired taste.  Therefore, every effort is made to give the students an inspired love for its wisdom. 

This grade level focuses on the big picture of the Old Covenant, and so it’s an overview of it.  Students will learn to appreciate its history, poetry, and prophetic elements. 

The overall goal of the class is to wet the appetite of the student for further studies.

By the end of the year each student will have a good understanding of the Old Testament in its breath.  This will lead to an overall understanding of God’s holy Word.  Special emphasis will have been placed on Christology in the Old Testament through Messianic prophecies.

11th Grade:

Having learned the year before that the Old Testament points to Christ, this year is dedicated to the study of the New Testament letters, covered in a survey form from Romans to Revelation.

The great doctrines of the Scriptures will be unfolded in their entirety.  The depravity of man, the justification through the blood of Jesus, the tenet of sanctification, the sovereignty of God and the call to serve Christ will all be taught, discussed, and retained. 

Special emphasis is placed on Sola Scriptura, the Bible Only as the sole source of faith and the practice of that faith.  Subsequently, this course is an all out attack on the postmodernism of our day which eradicates the need for total Truth.  On the contrary, by the end of the school year, each student will be able to fight against every idea that raises itself against the knowledge of God.

12th Grade:

Having acquired a solid basis in God’s Word over the last several years, the students will apply what they know to the study of Worldviews.  This journey is a preparation for graduation and entrance into the secular environment, where Christian worldview is scoffed at and ridiculed. 

Students will journey through the tunnels of Islam, eastern religions, and modern American belief systems, i.e., secularism, that fail the test of biblical authority.

In this final roundup there is a focus on Scripture, knowledge of opposing views contrary to Scripture, and an apologetic approach to understanding the historical  backbone of the Christian tradition.