What We Believe
ARTICLE II – STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
The purpose of Faith Christian Academy shall be to assist the home in the training of its youth. We recognize that God has ordained the home as primarily responsible for the training of its children. Faith Christian Academy exists to complement the home’s responsibility and does not seek or ever could take the place of parents. The teacher must be the same proper role model as the parent, so that the home and school reinforce each other. (Deut. 6:7; Prov. 4:1 & 22:6)
We believe that education should begin with a concern for the student’s relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, and extend throughout every other aspect of his life. This is based on our beliefs outlined in ourStatement of Faithand the basic tenant that all truth is God’s truth. While a distinction is made between revealed truth and mundane truth as discovered by man, mundane truth must be subject to and evaluated in the light of the absolute criterion for determining truth–God’s written Word. Therefore, all areas of curriculum and conduct must be interpreted and integrated within the recognized Christian view of the world. Human reason alone cannot be considered as sufficient and independent criterion for judging truth. (Titus 2:11-15; 2 Tim. 3:16-17)
We believe that education is the accumulated effect of every experience. Our responsibility, therefore, is to provide the experience–spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical–that will result in the greatest possible growth. We believe that this is best achieved when the pupil is saturated in a Christian atmosphere of genuine joy and pleasant daily practice of thoughtful, responsible, purposeful activity. (Luke 2:52)
The aim of these directed experiences is to teach the pupil the necessity of making his own decision and accepting responsibility for his actions. While developing this self-direction and self-control, the pupil should also be taught to be dependent upon the Holy Spirit. In other words, he should be an individual capable of making his own decisions but at the same time be submissive to the will of God. (Rom. 6:13; 12:1-2; Eph. 2:10; John 16:13; 14:26)
We believe it is desirable that the student body reflect the diversity within American society racially, socially, and economically, and that it be limited in size so a sense of community is possible. While the school seeks to serve as many children of Christian parents as possible, we believe it must also offer admission to students from families not professing the Christian faith. (Mark 16:15)
We believe that our curriculum should be governed principally by the requirements of both a general and college preparation and should include study of the Bible. We believe in seeking and initiating new methods of teaching even as we try to pass on to our students the great essentials of traditional knowledge and learning. Within the framework of the school’s spiritual and academic objectives, we want to include as large a choice of courses and learning experiences as possible. (Prov. 1:5 & 12:1; 2 Chron. 1:10-12)
We are looking for academic achievement as measured by the acceptance of our graduates by accredited colleges and universities, but our overriding priority is the development of mature Christian character. We seek the development of our students into men and women who have the capacity to give leadership to others in the great task of loving God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, and their neighbors as themselves. Therefore, the Christian character is emphasized before career. (Phil. 4:9; Deut. 6:5; Prov. 6:20-22)
ARTICLE III – STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. The Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God. It is verbally inspired by Him in the original manuscripts. It is infallible and complete. The Bible is our supreme authority for faith and practice. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
2. The Godhead
We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are one God, having exactly the same nature, attributes, and perfections. Each is worthy of exactly the same honor, confidence and obedience. (Deut. 6:45, Matt. 28:19, 2 Cor. 13:14)
3. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. He came into this world to manifest God to man, fulfilling prophecy, and became the Redeemer of the lost world. He was born of a virgin, received a human body, and a sinless nature. (Luke 1:30-35; John 1:18, 3:16)
We believe that, on the human side, He became and remained a perfect, but sinless man throughout His life; however, He retained His absolute Deity, being at the same time very God and very man. (Luke 2:40, John 1:1-2, Phil. 2:5-8)
We believe that, in His infinite love for the lost, He voluntarily accepted His Father’s will and became the divinely provided sacrificial Lamb that took away the sin of the world. He bore the holy judgments against sin that the righteousness of God must impose. He died to purchase our redemption and thus to fulfill God’s plan for sinful man. His death was substitutionary and vicarious. (Isa. 53:5-7, Rom. 3:24-25, 2 Cor. 5:14, Heb. 10:5-14)
We believe that He arose the third day from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died. (Matt. 28:1-10, Mark 16:1-14)
We believe that He literally ascended back to heaven and that He is on the right hand of the Father interceding for all truly born-again believers as our advocate. (Acts 1:9-10; Heb. 1:3, 8:1; 1 John 2:1-2)
We believe that He will literally return a second time. (John 14:2-3)
4. The Person and the Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. He is co-equal in every aspect relative to divine attributes, with the other two persons of the Godhead. He indwells every child of God, and by His baptism, unites all to Christ in one body. He is the source of all power and all acceptable worship and service. He will never depart from the church nor from the feeblest of believers, but is ever present to testify of Christ. (John 14:16-17; 16:7-15; 1 Cor. 6:19, 12:13)
We believe that in this age the Holy Spirit has various well-defined ministries. It is the responsibility of every Christian to understand them and adjust to them. These ministries are: restraining of evil in the world; convicting the world; regenerating of all Christians; baptizing of all
Christians into the one body of Christ; filling (continually) of all Christians who are yielded relative to power, teaching, and service. (John 3:6, 14:26, 16:7-11,13; Acts 1:8-9, 1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:30, 5:18; 2 Thess. 2:7; 1 John 2:20)
5. The Depravity of Man
We believe that man was originally and immediately created in the image and in the likeness of God. But, as a result of Adam’s sin, man inherited a sinful nature. He is totally affected and corrupted by sin and is separated from God and is essentially evil. Apart from divine grace, he is spiritually dead and this has been passed down to the entire human race, with Jesus Christ being the only exception. (Gen. 1:26, 2:17, 3:1-6, 6:5; Psalm 51:5; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 3:10, 3:23, 5:12,19; 1 John 3:8)
We believe that salvation is a free gift offered to man by God. Its basis is the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Man receives this free gift of eternal life by realizing his sinful condition, believing that Jesus Christ died for his sins, and then receiving Him as his own personal Lord and Savior. Man in no way can ever work his own way to heaven.
Salvation is based solely on the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary, by the grace of God. That precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin anyone who accepts God’s free gift. (John 3:16, 5:24; Acts 13:39, 16:31; Rom 10:9-10; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 2:8-9)
7. Eternal Security
We believe that once a person has truly been born again of the Spirit of God, that person is saved forever. Once a person is saved, he is always saved, and can in no way lose his salvation. God’s free gift is eternal. (John 3:16, 10:28-29; Col. 3:3; Heb. 7:25; Jude 24)
We believe that Satan is a created being and actually exists, having a personality. Initially, he was called Lucifer and held the highest angelic position in heaven. He is the “god of this world” and the enemy of God and the Christian. Sin originated with him in heaven and he is the one who tempted Eve in the garden. He is the author of all deception. He will be ultimately cast into the Lake of Fire and suffer eternal punishment. (Gen. 3:1-6, Isa. 4;12-17, Ezek. 28:12-19, Rev. 20:10)
9. The Resurrection of the Saved and the Unsaved
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men. The saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46; John 5:28-29, 11;25-26; Acts 24:15; Rev. 20:5-6, 11-15)
We believe that all truly born again Christians have a personal responsibility before God to live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon the Lord Jesus Christ. He should separate from all manner and appearance of evil and all religious apostasy. Though living in the world, Christians are not to be associated or identified with the world. (Rom. 12:1-2, 14;13; 2 Cor. 6:14,17; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9:10)
11. Earthly Institutions
We believe that the family was established by God and is primarily responsible for the training of the children within the home. (Gen. 2;21-15; Job 1:1-5; Eph. 6:1-4; Col. 3:18-21)
We believe that government was established by God and that every Christian should be in submission to its laws, but must obey God rather than man when government goes against God’s Word. (Matt. 17:24-27, 22:21; Acts 4:19-20, 5:29, 23:5; Rom. 13:1-7)
We believe that the Church was established by God to evangelize the lost and to edify the saved. (Acts 2, Matt. 28:19-20, Acts 11:26, Eph. 4:11-16, Heb. 10:25)
12. Sanctity of Life, Gender, Marriage and Sexuality
We believe that all human life is sacred beginning at the moment of conception and ending at a person’s natural death (Psalm 139). Accordingly, every unborn child is a living human being, created in the image of God, and must be respected and protected both before and after birth. Direct or indirect volitional taking of any innocent human life by any means and by any individual or entity through abortion or euthanasia constitutes a violation of the sanctity of human life, and is a sin against God and a crime against man.
We believe that God acts to give each person a gender by wonderfully and immutably creating each person as distinctly male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27). Rejection, whether by personal volition or compulsion, of one’s biological gender is a rejection of the image of God within that person and a sin against God.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning as created and sanctioned by God: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, life-long, and exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25.) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4).
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that condoning, engaging in, or facilitation of any form of sexual intimacy outside of marriage is sexually immoral, sinful, and offensive to God.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality is sinful and offensive to God (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Sexual immorality includes, but is not limited to adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, pornography, and attempting to change one’s biological sex or otherwise acting upon any disagreement with one’s biological sex.
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and repent from their sin, who seek His mercy and grace, and humbly ask for His forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Behavior or attitudes not displaying compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity which are directed toward any individual are unacceptable, must be repudiated, and are not in accord with Scripture, or the policies of Faith Christian Academy as reflected in ourStatement of Faith.
Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct
This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For the purposes of Faith Christian Academy’s faith, doctrine, practice, and discipline, our board of directors is Faith Christian Academy’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.