Faith: Westminster believes. We are biblically driven, gospel centered, grace saturated, and theologically reformed.
Over the course of the coming months, we will be posting a series of blogs that focus on our core values. As our school community continues to grow, it is essential that we remain focused on what values govern our school (Read Our Values). It is my hope that these articles would articulate how our core values provide the fuel for our growth as a school.
As is the case with words we use often, familiarity breeds unfamiliarity. Our first core value, faith, is among those words. To some, faith connotes a leap in the dark, an endeavor that is not founded on a solid foundation but rather is rooted in mere aspiration. To others, faith, consciously or subconsciously, provides the primary lens through which the world makes sense.
All people are rooted in a faith of some sort. No one is exclusively rational, as if all things could be quantified and all of life could be reduced to a series of equations. The obvious difference is the content of our faith.
Our first core value states, “Faith: Westminster believes. We are biblically driven, gospel centered, grace saturated, and theologically reformed.” I would like to focus on one component of our belief that is mentioned in our first core value: grace saturated. To say that we are saturated by grace might strike us as odd; what does it mean to be saturated by grace?
It is critical that we understand that grace is not, at its root, a mere concept. It is an action. Grace is God’s undeserved favor toward his people. In acknowledging our desire to be saturated, or gripped, by grace, we acknowledge our need. Not one of us has our act completely together. Every administrator, every teacher, every family member, and every student has a conspicuous need of God’s undeserved favor. Amidst our brokenness, amidst our tendency to find our identity apart from God, we declare that we have a continual need for God himself.
Faith in the God who offers grace is at the core of how we operate as a school. When we see students who are despondent or joyful because of a grade, we remind them that God has graciously provided freedom from finding their identity in their performance. When we make mistakes in the classroom, we are free in the gospel to own our mistakes, given that we need grace every bit as much as our students. When the task of parenting seems overwhelming, we remind one another that we have a God whose grace is at work in and through our mistakes and successes. In so doing, we aim, along with Paul, to “testify to the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24). With great confidence in the God of grace, we are committed to building a school that is at every level saturated with His grace.
— Chris Knowles, Upper School Head