Statement of Faith
- The Bible is the fully inspired Word of God, the written record of His supernatural revelation of Himself to men, without error in the original, absolute in its authority, our only infallible rule for life (II Tim. 3:15-17; II Peter 1:21).
- There is only one true God, eternally existing in three persons - the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- All people in their natural state are lost, alienated from God, spiritually dead in sin (Rom. 3:23).
- Salvation is only by grace, the free gift of God, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins according to the Scriptures (I Cor. 15:3). Based upon Christ's atoning and finished work on the cross, those who receive Christ by faith have their sins forgiven (Eph. 1:7), their hearts cleansed (Acts 15:9), are born of the Spirit, become children of God (John 1:12-13), and are made new creations in Christ (II Cor. 5:17).
- Jesus Christ is fully man and fully God. Although eternally existing, He was incarnate in the flesh, born of a virgin, lived a sinless life upon earth and died a vicarious and atoning death on the cross for our sins. He was raised from the dead, victorious over death (John 20:25-27). He ascended to the right hand of the Father in heaven. The bodies of all believers who die will be raised at the Last Day to receive incorruptible bodies like unto His glorious body (I Cor. 15:53).
- Believers born of the Spirit are to live in the new life and present power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16-25).
- Christian living includes the worship of God, service to our fellowmen, personal witness to the uncommitted, and the preaching of the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth. "The Great Commandment" (Matt. 22:37-39) and "The Great Commission" (Matt. 28:19-20) are to be the Christian's pattern for obedience under the Lordship of Christ.
- Jesus Christ will come again on earth the second time (Heb. 9:28), personally (Acts 1:11; I Thes. 4:16), bodily (Acts 1:11; Col. 2:9), and visibly (Matt. 26:64; Rev 1:7) to climax history, to judge the nations and to bring in His eternal kingdom.
- God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and female (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; I Corinthians 6:9).
Use of Statement of Faith
The Statement of Faith shall be given to every person prior to their being offered employment at Christian Academy. Persons shall only be employed at Christian Academy if they are in complete agreement with the Statement of Faith.
Christian School Philosophy
1. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and the Source of all truth.
2. God has revealed Himself in a general way in His world and universe and in a specific way in the Bible.
3. The Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, are the inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and practice. All learning must be in conformity to the Word and will of God.
4. Because of man's sin, he is alienated from his Creator and from one another. Sin distorts his views of the true meaning and purpose of life, misdirects human culture, and also corrupts the education of children.
5. Through Jesus Christ, our Savior, there is renewal of our educational enterprise. Only through faith in the living Christ and regeneration of the Holy Spirit are we guided into the truth and recommitted to our original calling.
6. Because glorification of God is the purpose of human life and therefore of education, and because God is the source of all truth and goodness, a chief part of education is to help young people learn the true wisdom of integrating all knowledge with a distinctly Christian philosophy of life.
7. Consequently, in a school that seeks to provide a Christian education, it is not sufficient that the teachings of Christianity be a separate subject in the curriculum, but the Word of God must be an all-pervading force in the educational program.
8. Committed to the belief that the responsibility of educating and nurturing the child rests with the parents, Christian Academy also recognizes the necessity for the church and the school to work together with the family to provide a consistent Christian world and life view.
9. In contrast to secular humanism, we believe that man, as a special creation, was made in the image of God and is of infinite value and worth to God. Only as the total of all learning is seen in the light of God's Word will the student be able to differentiate the truth from error. With the aid of Christian teachers and the examples of their lives, we believe these goals can be realized as well as Christian Academy's additional mission of academic excellence.
10. The pursuit of Christian wisdom in this school is positive and celebrational, emphasizing that the earth is the Lord's and therefore His people's for stewardship and enjoyment.
Celebrating Christian Diversity
Our school has been a racially diverse and inclusive Christ-centered place since opening in 1996. We work daily to ensure that all people, of all nationalities, races, and socio-economic backgrounds are welcome here. As a former history teacher, I remember being in many conversations with students about atrocities over time that have involved a myriad of topics, one of which was racism. I have taught and worked with students of every color, many nationalities, in inner city schools, and in suburban schools. The change begins in our hearts, individually, in how we treat others and only Jesus can help us heal as a nation and as His people.
As a school leader, I know it is important that we talk about this and other issues that are difficult and challenging. I have spoken with several families of various nationalities and races while serving as Head of School in order to hear from individuals in these difficult times and continue to do that now. I am always open to hear from you as well.
As believers, and at Christian Academy, we are called to some very clear expectations by Jesus:
“And you shall love the Lord with all your heart and all you soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other grater commandment than these.” Mark 12:30-31
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God." Matthew 5:9
"After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands..." Revelation 7:9
We continue to pray for our school, our students and families, and our nation as we strive to understand justice, peace, and love through the eyes of Jesus Christ. We are praying together to be agents of His peace in this world. Racism, of any kind, is simply wrong. Be assured that racism, injustice, violence, brutality, and hatred in any form, will not be tolerated. We will continue to develop academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment that will help foster positive and productive dialogue related to inclusivity and diversity.
Grateful and thankful for God's love for all people through Christ,
Katherine Cannon, Head of School