These principles of our faith are foundational for God’s continuing leadership in our lives. We gratefully acknowledge those who have served in ages past, and we bless them in their eternal state for their faithfulness. We acknowledge others who serve Jesus Christ now, even when their doctrinal expressions may be different from our own. We desire to walk with them as brothers and sisters. Our statements are not to be construed as walls, but as doors through which others may communicate with us and we with them.
SCRIPTURE: We believe the Holy Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God, through which God has revealed Himself to man. It is the infallible rule of faith and conduct, and is superior in authority to conscience and reason. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 1 Pet. 1:23-25; Heb. 4:12)
GOD: We believe in the One Triune God, comprised of three separate and distinct personalities: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as One Entity. Jesus Christ is God manifested in the flesh, born of a virgin, and resurrected from the dead. He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19; John 14:26; 15:26; 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:2)
MAN: We believe man was created good and upright in God’s image, but fell from his sinless state through voluntary transgression against God. Our only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. (Gen. 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Rom. 5:12-21)
REDEMPTION: We believe man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. While on the Cross, Jesus Christ took our sin and sickness upon Himself, providing complete salvation for His chosen people. (Is. 53:3-5)
The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit who calls us. (Rom. 8:16) The outward evidence of salvation is a life of righteousness and true holiness. (Eph. 4:24; Tit. 2:12)
Salvation is by grace through faith alone in Jesus Christ and not by human works. (Eph. 2:8-9) Faith without works is dead. A living, active faith will be manifested in actions expressing and based upon that belief. A belief truly held is one acted upon. Our works determine our rewards in eternity. (Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Cor. 5:10; James 2:14-26).
THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe that “baptism in the Holy Spirit,” “being filled with the Holy Spirit,” and “being anointed by the Holy Spirit” are among those scriptural terms used to describe valid encounters with God the Holy Spirit. These experiences should produce greater commitment to God’s will, greater realization of His power, and greater edification of His Church. Moreover, we believe that the Holy Spirit imparts gifts or abilities greater than our own to accomplish His will. These gifts include those listed in the New Testament. These gifts ought to be in accordance with the written Word of God, operative in the Church, supervised by mature leaders, and ministered in love by Christians whose lives reflect Godly character. (Matt. 3:11; Is. 61:1; Acts 2:4; 1:4-8; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Cor. 12-13; 14:26; Rom. 15:19)
SANCTIFICATION: Sanctification is a definite and ongoing process of dedication unto God and separation from that which is evil. (Rom. 12:1,2; 1 Thes. 5:23; Heb. 13:12) The Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14) The Holy Spirit enables us to obey God’s com-mand to “be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Pet. 1:15,16)
Through the maturing process of sanctification, the fruit of the Holy Spirit becomes increasingly evident in a Christian’s life. The Spirit-filled life is a life of separation from the world and perfecting of holiness in the fear of God as an expression of Christian faith.(Eph. 5:18; 2 Cor. 6:14, 7:1; Gal. 5:22-23)
THE CHURCH: More than a building or a gathering of people, the Church is the body of Christ expressed as the church local (a specific congregation) and the Church universal (all saints of all places and times united together in love and harmony under the direction of one Lord, Jesus the Christ). We believe that every Christian should be in an active relationship with a local church in order to fulfill God’s highest calling and bring the dominion of Christ to the earth. (1 Cor. 6:15, 12:12-31; 2 Cor. 1:1, Rom. 12:4-5, 16:5; Eph. 2:19-22, 3:10,21; 4:11-16, 1 Pet. 2:4,5)
GOD’S KINGDOM ON EARTH: The Kingdom of God consists of the rule of God over His creation, which the Church is commissioned to extend as far as the curse is found. There is no area of life that is exempt from His Lordship. (Matt. 16:18,19; 21:43; Luke 19:13; Eph. 1:22-23)
Judgment: We believe in the final Judgment at the end of the age. The righteous and the wicked shall stand before Jesus to be judged. Those who have righteousness produced by faith will be rewarded with the privilege of ruling with Him throughout eternity, enjoying His blessings in ever increasing measure in the ages to come. Those who have not accepted the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal separation from the Godhead. The devil, his angels and anyone whose name is not found written in the Lamb’s book of life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. This is the second death. (Rev. 19:20; 20:10-15)
The truth and depth of Scripture is still being revealed to men today and that complete understanding of its meaning is impossible in our current, fallen state. The apostle Peter wrote of Paul’s teachings, “His letters contain some things that are hard to understand….” (II Peter 3:16)
The Academy, therefore, defines a secondary doctrine as any doctrinal issue that is not addressed in either the Statement of Faith or the Philosophy of Education of the School.
In classroom discussion of secondary doctrine, teachers will take care not to speak to the students in a manner that might tend to undermine the parents’ authority. Students will inevitably question their teachers concerning such matters. Teachers will answer honestly and clearly while encouraging the students to follow up any questions with their parents and church leadership.
We wish to maintain an atmosphere in which we can discuss our understanding of Scripture and learn from each other in love and peace.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of His Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God,
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father,
by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried;
and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;
and ascended into Heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead;
whose Kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life;
Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified;
Who spake by the prophets.
And I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church;
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
We also hold to the 3 Forms of Unity