The Armor of God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17 (NIV)


Our school verse for the year is on the Armor of God (Eph. 6 :10-17). Paul knew all about the cosmic struggle in which Christians are involved --- a struggle to stand firm in our faith and proclaim the gospel in spite of opposition, whether visible or not. He understood very well that he was, as we are, fully dependent on our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the support and protection only He can provide. Being a citizen of the Roman Empire, where soldiers and their armor was a commonplace sight, he painted a vivid picture and powerful metaphor of the spiritual armor a Christian needs to don daily. 

At San Jose Christian
 each individual student is nurtured by our intentional Christian community. Well-qualified and credentialed teachers offer each and every student an outstanding and well-balanced education based on a curriculum infused with Biblical principles. 

All students can learn and improve. 
That applies to academics as well as music and sport. At San Jose Christian teachers and coaches teach and lead with a growth mindset---in effect telling each student, "You are a developing person, and I am committed to your development".1 

In addition to the expected high academic standards, students are given a lot of food for thought on the spiritual and affective levels. For example, the 7th graders start the year with an overnight Spiritual Retreat in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains during which they learn more of their true identity as beloved children of God.

The mantra of our Middle School's popular 1-1 laptop initiative is "Teach Not Ban" -- students are encouraged to embrace technology for its positive potential in helping us acquire skills in research, collaboration, communication, and creativity, while becoming wise and discerning digital citizens. In fact, we would like our students to go out, engage, and transform culture for God's glory.


1. Dweck, Carol S.  Mindset.   New York: Ballantine Books, 2016.