Dr. Bob Jones Sr. used to say, “Jesus never taught men how to make a living; He taught men how to live.” This is the mission of Christian educators—teaching students how to live as Christ-honoring citizens of God’s kingdom while dwelling in this temporal, fallen world. Christ challenged His followers, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:31-33)
That is why we integrate the Bible with every subject that is taught at BJA. We want our students to analyze and respond to life’s situations from a biblical worldview—whether it be instruction in the classroom, interaction in the hallways, or reactions on the ballfield. The promises of God give us hope. The principles of the Bible give us direction. The Person Jesus Christ gives us the motivation to love Him and others. Paul puts it this way, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11) Christ showed us how to live—He is the perfect example!
Yes, we endeavor to provide top-notch academics that prepare our students to make a living. But we recognize the more important “school-to-service” role to which God has called us—to challenge students to exalt the King and expand His kingdom.
Bob Jones Academy exists to assist like-minded Christian parents in challenging students to love Jesus Christ, to embrace God’s truth, to exercise integrity, to pursue excellence, and to serve others.