Faith Development At Daystar
As Christians, we view the world through the lens of God’s Truth, which teaches our students that all are loved and valued. The first of Daystar’s three core values is faith-based. The Christian faith is central to Daystar’s history and current practice. In today’s world, we know that this truth can be misunderstood and so we work all the harder to define and teach what it means to be people of faith. Core to this is that we believe faith is integrated into all aspects of our curriculum. Students, teachers, and parents learn, play, worship, and work together as a reflection of God’s love for us. This means that each individual is treated with respect regardless of whether or not they hold to the same beliefs.
During weekly chapel, students in Kindergarten and above gather together and participate in song, prayer, and to hear from God's Word. Weekly chapel is typically open to parents and guests and one of the primary times when our extended parent community comes together, though this opportunity is currently suspended due to Covid precautions.
Integrating a Biblical Worldview in our Curriculum
Because God loves us and created us and calls us to care for each other and for the world, and because we resonate with theologian Abraham Kuyper's assertion that "There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ does not assert, "MINE," each unite of inquiry at Daystar integrates a Biblical worldview with goals, objectives and lessons specific to our identity as God's people. In each unit, teachers guide students to answer the following:
What do we learn about God from this unit of study?
Why should this unit of inquiry matter to the people of God?
What can we learn about ourselves as God's beloved people through this unit?
The Bible is God’s true and inspired Word. On the foundation of God’s infallible Word, the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, Daystar declares the following articles to be our summary statement of the Christian faith:
GOD: There is one infinite and holy, loving, and personal God who speaks to us in Scripture and reveals himself to us in his acts of creation, salvation, and renewal, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As finite beings created in God's image, we declare that it is our purpose, our privilege, and our joy to worship, honor, serve, and obey him.
CREATION: The world that is our home belongs to God, who created it and faithfully sustains it by his providence. Creation is the theater of God’s glory, displaying his power and majesty. He calls us to discover creation’s resources, to receive them with thanksgiving and delight as his gift, and to use them wisely as stewards and caretakers responsible to God and to our neighbor.
SIN: Our ability to carry out our human calling to honor God, serve our neighbor, and care for the creation is marred by the corrosive effects of sin which touch every part of life. When our first parents listened to Satan's lie, questioned God's Word, and rebelled against him, they brought his judgment upon themselves, all their descendants, and the creation. Brokenness, disease, hate, arrogance, alienation, abuse of creation, and ultimately death, are the inevitable fruit of sin in our world.
COVENANT: However, God has not rejected or abandoned his world, but turned to it in love. He gave the rainbow to Noah as a pledge of his promise to care for all creatures. He formed a covenant with Abraham, promising to be a faithful God to him and his children, and through them to bless all nations. Through his servant Moses, God disclosed his law for the human community, promising rich blessing as the fruit of obedience, and through his Son, Jesus Christ, he continues to act towards us on the basis of the renewed covenant. God always keeps his promises. We acknowledge with gratitude and joy that he is our God, we are his people, and this is his world.
REDEMPTION: As he promised, God in love sent Jesus Christ into the world to save it from sin and its consequences. The atoning death of the Son of God is the only payment for the debt of human sin, and his resurrection is the only liberation from the powers of evil and death. The victorious Lord sends the Holy Spirit to create faith, cleanse and renew hearts, and build a community of love and holiness. It is this community’s mission to proclaim and live the good news, and to disciple the nations.
KINGDOM OF GOD: Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. His kingdom is the everlasting kingdom, and he reigns over all things for our good. To be a citizen of this kingdom is a privilege, a joy, and a responsibility. Led by his Spirit—cultivating the fruit of love, joy, and peace—we place our every thought, word, and deed in the service of Christ’s present and coming reign. We live daily in the confident hope of his triumphant return.
*Kuyper quote from his inaugural address at the dedication of the Free University. Found in Abraham Kuyper: A Centennial Reader, ed. James D. Bratt (Eerdmans, 1998), 488).