Calvary Christian School: Statement of Faith
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
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This statement of faith is a bit different from most that we have seen. Our goal in developing it was to let God’s word divide His people according to His word and not according to the opinions of men. We went through the Bible and looked for things God does not allow in His people. The first part of this statement is this list of “prerequisites”. It may seem strange to you, it seems that way to us as well but we think that God is the one who knows best and we accept His protection. All information you provide is kept confidential.
As Christians we hold that the Bible, consisting of 66 books in the common cannon(Genesis - Revelation) is the Word of God and that it is the governing authority in our lives. As Christians we agree that the whole word of God is true and relevant in the lives of every person that believes, now and always. As such God, through inspired men, is the author of the Bible and we follow His instructions. God makes it clear to us that none of the following are to be tolerated within Christian fellowship:
Prerequisite of membership:
A person that is actively involved in or has been involved in and not repented** of any of the following may not join or be a part of Calvary Christian School:
· Adultery & sexual immorality, Leviticus 20:10, Acts 15:20
· Lying to the Holy Spirit, Acts 5: 1-11
· Worshiping or serving other gods other than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Exodus 22:20, Matthew 22:37, Deuteronomy 6:5
· Atheism, Matthew 22:37, Deuteronomy 6:5
· Homosexuality, Leviticus 18:22
· State Homosexual Unions (Marriage is between one man and one woman the idea of “Gay marriage” is a fiction according to God’s word. ) Matthew 19:4 & 5
· Abortion, Leviticus 20:1-5
· Child abuse, incest or pedophilia Leviticus 20:17,
· Rape, Deuteronomy 22:25
· Witchcraft or necromancy, Leviticus 20:27, Exodus 22:18
· Prostitution, Leviticus 21:9
· Murder, Exodus 20:13
· Eating food polluted by idols, meat of strangled animals or blood, Acts 15:20
This list is not exhaustive, it represents part of the instructions of God that cause a person to be put out of the community of believers. You may be involved in another activity not listed and if you are in doubt please ask for more information. We hope to refine these things with more information as we learn and grow.
This is the agreement of the terms for joining Calvary Christian School and participating in ANY of our fellowship functions. By signing you agree before God that you are not knowingly participating in and or that you will not participate in any of these actions as a member of Calvary Christian School. You also agree that if you are unknowingly participating in any of these things and you discover that you are, you will repent immediately or leave Calvary Christian School immediately until such a time as you have repented**. You also agree that if you are discovered to having knowingly lied about your involvement in any of these actions and it is discovered and verified that you are or have been and not repented of them that you will be immediately expelled from Calvary Christian School with no refund or recourse available on your part.
Please indicate here anything you may struggle with or have struggled with and that you would like CCS to be aware of, like help with, or consideration for. (ie. alcoholism, pornography, ect.)
**”Repent” means to change one's mind about something and to agree with and obey God in regard to the thing. For example a person that repents of adultery would acknowledge that they were wrong about committing adultery, they would stop committing adultery, ask forgiveness from God and others and they would make restitution for the damage they have caused. We understand that repentance may be a process of recognizing the sin, having a desire to turn from the sin, and needing help to do so. We want to help along with believers in your life, church, family, etc. All of us have gone through issues, the important thing is that we are open and honest about what we struggle with and that we are willing to change.
If you have agreed to the prerequisites of membership we also require that you read and honestly share your position on the following generally held Christian beliefs that are derived from the Bible. No honest answers to the following will disqualify you from membership. We understand that each of us are growing and we want to facilitate growth through understanding and compassionate dialogue. Knowing where you are at and where others are at on these issues will help us all understand each other and grow together.
Please indicate next to each statement the numeral that best describes your understanding:
1) I agree 2) I do not understand 3) I do not agree
I believe the scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the divine and final authority for Christian faith and life (2Timothy 3:16; 2Peter 1:19-21).
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I believe in One God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Exodus 20:2-3; Matthew28:19).
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I believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Ghost and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where at the right hand of the majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate (Matt. 1:21-23; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:2).
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I believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, and during this age to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for Godly living and service (Romans 8:14-27).
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I believe that man was created in the image of God but through voluntary disobedience fell into sin and is therefore lost and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can mankind obtain salvation and eternal life (John 3:5; Ephesians 2:8-9).
I believe that the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only grounds for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit, and thus become children of God (Romans 3:24, 8:16; Ephesians 1:7).
I believe that the true church is composed of all such persons who through faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which He is the Head (Revelation 20:12-15).
I believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment (John 5:28; I Corinthians 15:52-53).
I believe that water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age; however, they are not to be regarded as means of salvation.
I believe in the imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
I believe that children belong to God who has given the responsibility and authority for their education to their parents and that it is their responsibility to protect this parental right.
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