Statement of Faith
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Section 1 - The Scriptures Inspired. The Bible is the only inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man, the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior to conscience and reason, but not contrary to reason. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Peter 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12)
Section 2 - The One True Godhead. The triune Godhead is comprised of three (3) separate and distinct personalities, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. Jesus Christ, who is God manifested in the flesh, is the second member of the Godhead, co-equal and co-eternal with The Father and The Holy Spirit.
Section 3 - Man, His Fall and Redemption. Man was created good and upright, for God said, "Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness." But, man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ the Son of God (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).
Section 4 - The Salvation of Man.
(a) Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross Jesus Christ became sin and sickness providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind (Psalm 103:3), being justified freely by His Grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. For by grace we are saved through faith. "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart-that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation" (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10).
(b) The evidence of Salvation. The inward evidence to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. "And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us" (1 John 3:23).
(c) Faith and Works. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Romans 10:9-10 and II Cor. 5:10).
Section 5 - The Holy Spirit. We believe in the personhood of the Holy Spirit and in His present ministry of conviction, regeneration, indwelling, enlightening, and guiding. (John 3:5, 14:26; 1 Cor. 6:19.)
Section 6 - The Ministry. The Ministry is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in Heaven (Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23).
Section 7 - Blessed Hope. Jesus is coming again to gather all His Saints to Heaven (I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess. 4:16-17; and II Thess. 2:1).
Section 8 - The Lake of Fire. Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet,
and anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. This is the second death, the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15).
Section 9 - The Millennial Reign of Jesus. The return of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Saints from Heaven to rule and reign for one thousand years on earth as the Scriptures promised (Romans 11:25, 27; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:1-7). After this, there shall be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21).
Section 10 - Christian Life.
(a ) Family; Household. "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ." (I Peter 4:8-11) Children, obey your parents; this is the right thing to do because God has placed them in authority over you. Honor your father and mother. This is the first of God's Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: that if you honor your father and mother, yours will be a long life, full of blessing. And now a word to you parents. Don't keep on scolding and nagging your children, making them angry and resentful. Rather bring them up with the loving discipline the Lord himself approves, with suggestions and godly advice" (Ephesians 5:22-31, 33-6:4 (LB)).
(b ) Marriage. It is the overwhelming testimony of the God-breathed Holy Scriptures that the marriage covenant shall be reserved only for one man with one woman. "You wives must submit to your husbands' leadership in the same way you submit to the Lord. For a husband is in charge of his wife in the same way Christ is in charge of his body the Church. (He gave his very life to take care of it and be its Savior!) "A Man must leave his father and mother when he marries, so the two shall be one." "So again, I say, a man must love his wife as a part of himself: and the wife must see to it that she deeply respects her husband-obeying, praising and honoring him." (Ephesians 5:33)
Because God has ordained marriage and defined it as the covenant relationship between a man, a woman, and Himself, the Corporation and its Board of Directors, officers, employees, parents, students, volunteers and agents will only recognize marriages between a biological man and a biological woman. Finally, the facilities and property of the Corporation shall only host weddings between one man and one woman. We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen 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 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 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 any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10.)
(c) Biological Gender. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
(d ) Adultery; Immorality. "Thou shalt not commit adultery" (Exodus 20:14). "...try hard to live without sinning; and be at peace with everyone so that he will be pleased with you when he returns" (II Peter 2:14 (LB)). "You shall not commit adultery. But I say: Anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Matthew 5:27-28 (LB ).
(e ) Drunkenness; Drugs "Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God" (I Cor. 6:10 (LB)). "Don't drink too much wine, for many evils lie along that path; be filled instead with the Holy Spirit, and controlled by Him" (Ephesians 5:18 (LB)). "For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty; and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags" (Proverbs 23:21).
(f ) Homosexuality. "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). "Don't you know that those doing such things have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who live immoral lives, who are idol worshippers, adulterers or homosexuals will have no share in his Kingdom..." (I Cor. 6:9-10).
(g) Sanctity of Human Life. We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life. (Ps 139.)
(h ) Forgiveness. We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
(i ) Love. We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the corporation.
(j ) Unity in Christ. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of the Corporation as the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to those who serve in and/or with the Corporation and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by the Corporation in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, as well as students and parents, agree to and abide by this Statement of Faith. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
(k ) Statement of Faith Not Exhaustive. The 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 purposes of the Corporation's faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Board of Directors is the Corporation's final interpretive authority on the Bible's meaning and application.
Heritage Christian School is an educational institution, not a church. Our priority is instruction, though we recognize that the Holy Spirit is an active participant in our understanding of all aspects of God and His Creation. We believe that school subjects such as science, mathematics, music, physical education, social studies, literature, grammar, and especially theology are incomplete outside of a Christian worldview. Hence, while we are not a church, we endeavor to root our knowledge of the world in our knowledge of the Creator.
In Colossians 2:2-3, Paul stated that in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Therefore, we at Heritage Christian School strive to excel in academics as we worship the Lord in the splendor of His Holiness. Biblical integration does not mean the Bible is substituted for traditional academic subjects, nor does it mean that Bible verses are simply tacked on at the end of lessons. Rather, integration involves the ways in which faith and intellect, or religious conviction and academic work, are combined in teaching. As stated in our mission statement, our responsibility to students encompasses spiritual, intellectual, and relational areas. None of these components can exist without the others, and we believe the spiritual takes precedence over the other two, even while our responsibility is primarily scholastic.
While the education of children is the responsibility of parents, the school functions as an instrument for parents as teachers cooperate closely with them in every phase of the student's development. Both parties need to cooperate with one another through prayer, open dialog, and a general spirit of collaboration in order for students to bear spiritual, academic, and relational fruit becoming of their time at Heritage Christian School.
The areas of concentration for our objectives are in accordance with "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." (Luke 2:52) and "For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jer. 29:11)
SPIRITUALLY, it is our desire that each student…
· Accept Christ as Savior and Lord. (John 3:16, Matthew 7:21)
· Learn that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, which conveys His life and defines His will. (II Timothy 3:16)
· Be transformed into the character of Christ through life-long disciplines of prayer, meditation upon scripture, fellowship with other believers and works of service. (Romans 12:2,10, Psalms 1:1-2, Matthew 6:5, Colossians 4:2)
· Become equipped for ministry in terms of the spiritual gifts, talents and works of service with which God had endowed them. (Proverbs 29:18, I Corinthians 14:40)
· Develop a Christian worldview that keeps Christ central to all learning and living through integration of the scriptures with all other knowledge. (Romans 12:1-2)
· Develop decision-making skills. (James 1:5)
· Learn how to overcome temptation and sin and develop the fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23)
· Develop self-discipline and self-responsibility based upon respect for the submission to God and all other properly constituted authority. (Romans 13:1-7)
SCHOLASTICALLY, it is our desire that each student will…
· Gain basic skills in the areas of English, Math, Social Studies, Spelling, Science and Arts. (Proverbs 11:1, I Corinthians 9:25-27)
· Demonstrate communication skills in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. (Philippians 4:4-9, I Timothy. 4:12)
· Develop good study habits. (Ecclesiastes 3:17, Proverbs 10:4)
· Learn and perform independent research skills. (2 Timothy 2:15)
· Develop creative, logical, and critical thinking skills using Biblical criteria. (II Thessalonians 1:11)
· Keep up with current events and relate them to God's plan. (Romans 3:26)
· Understand and appreciate our Christian and American heritages. (Psalms 96:10-13)
· Develop an appreciation of the fine arts. (Psalms 95:2)
· Obtain the basic facts, concepts, and skills essential for future educational and occupational competencies. (Proverbs 23:12)
· Develop lifelong habits that promote physical, mental, and emotional well being. (Luke 2:52)
· Learn good stewardship of time, resources, and talents. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
· Have a learning environment of mutual acceptance, encouragement, cooperation, and creativity that fosters these same values. (Proverbs 14:22b)
· Learn by permitting the teachers to incorporate materials other than the registered curriculum with the approval of administration. (Romans 11:36)
RELATIONALLY, it is our desire that each student will…
· Love oneself; treat the body as the temple of God (James 2:8)
· Accept Biblical attitudes toward material things and use them for the glory of God and service to others. (Matthew 6:19-20, 24, I Timothy 6:1-10)
· Understand man's role in God's world and faithfully fulfill this stewardship. (Psalms 24:1, Acts 20:35)
· Treat others with love and respect. (Romans 12:9-10)
· Become a responsible citizen and a contributing member of society. (Romans 13:1-2)
· Develop skills in interpersonal relationships. (Romans 12:15-16)
· Honor and obey his/her parents. (Colossians 3:20)
· Communicate truth. (II Timothy 3:16-17; 2:15)
· Educate the conscience according to the principles of God's Word. (II Timothy 3:14-16)
· Think, speak, and act in a Christ-like manner. (Galatians 5:22-23, II Timothy 2:22, Ephesians 5:1-2)
· Learn to be patient, forbearing, and forgiving of others. (Galatians 5:22, Colossians 3:12-13)
· Develop scriptural attitudes toward marriage and the family. (Ephesians 5:1-16)
· Gain the understanding and skills needed to establish God-honoring home.
The basis of a Christian education is saving Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, HCS provides many opportunities for students to trust Christ as Savior and helps that Faith to grow. The Bible states, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." (Romans 10:17)
The Scriptures teach that man was created in the image of God. When Adam sinned that image was tarnished, but as redeemed sinners we are to shine as lights to a lost world. The only thing many people know of God is what they see and hear from us. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, "that man looks on the outward appearance, but that God looks on the heart." Godliness begins with a right heart attitude toward God as one abides in Christ and yields to the inner work of the Holy Spirit producing His peaceable fruits of righteousness. (Galatians 5:22-23)
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7) We strive to teach every subject from a Godly perspective so that the student will see the truth of God revealed in that subject. Knowledge needs to be related to God and His Word to produce a profitable servant "thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Tim. 3:17)
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jer. 29:11)
One of the most important character traits that children and young people must learn as they mature is responsibility. Responsibility is taking a task and seeing it through to completion, and that involves endurance. The Bible equates endurance to the running of a race: "Let us run, with patience the race that is set before us." Part of the student's development is to learn endurance in all areas, especially the spiritual area.
Temperance (Self Control)
Virtue carries more than the usual meaning of purity although moral uprightness is certainly a part of it. In a broad sense it is used to encompass something that is excellent or worthy of praise. It is our desire to help students develop their God-given abilities and spiritual lives to the full measure that God has for them. With this in mind, HCS attempts to offer a wide variety of opportunities to explore individual potential through both curricular and extracurricular activities.