Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Statement of Faith

• As Christian home educators, we believe that God is our inspiration and that all glory belongs to Him. We desire to reflect the Lordship of Jesus Christ, our one and only Savior, in all of our efforts. We are guided by the Bible, recognizing the Scriptures as being inerrant, infallible, and authoritative in all matters of faith and practice.

• We believe that God, in six days, created everything simply by speaking it into existence and, thus, each creature was specially made by God and did not evolve from another. We believe that man has dignity and worth as bearer of the image of God and has been given by God dominion and stewardship over the earth.

• We believe in one God, eternally existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We believe that salvation cannot be earned by humans and is achieved by grace through faith in Christ—a free gift bestowed by God on all who believe in Christ, repent of their sins, are born again, and walk in newness of life.

• We believe our students should study good literature written by both Christian and non-believing authors. Such work will be appreciated for its outstanding literary qualities and also provide students the opportunity to recognize and critique unbiblical perspectives. We will not study any literature that glorifies wickedness or sinful behavior.

• We believe that the study of history should confirm that our Almighty God upholds, directs, and governs all things for His own purpose and glory. Within this divine plan of God, human beings operate freely and are responsible for what they think and do. Historical material should be presented against the backdrop of God’s providence and the standards of Scripture.

• In conclusion, we realize that, as a homeschooling Co-op, we are composed of several Christian denominations and, therefore, must show consideration, respect, and sensitivity to any denominational differences that we might have. However, we believe that God created man and woman in His image to be sexually different and mutually complementary. Marriage is designed by Him to be between one man and one woman, and children benefit most from the love of a mother and a father. Ultimately, we realize that education is the responsibility of the parents and that we must respect the role of families in addressing issues that arise in forming a Biblical view of life and the world.

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