What We Believe
We believe that the Bible, which is comprised of all 66 books from Genesis to Revelation, is God’s full and complete written revelation to man, given to us by the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-15; 1 Cor 2:7-14; 2 Pet 1:20-21).
We believe that the Bible is inspired in every word, is inerrant, infallible, and is God-breathed. While there may be different applications of any particular passage of scripture, there is only one true interpretation. It is the responsibility of the believer to properly study and apply teachings from scripture under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Mat 5:18; John 7:17; 1 Cor 2:7-15; 1 Thes 2:13; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:20-21; 1 John 2:20).
We believe that there is only one true and living God who is perfect, infinite, all-knowing, and exists in three distinct Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut 6:4; Is 45:5-7; Mat 28:19; John 4:24; 1 Cor 8:4; 2 Cor 13:14).
God the Father
We believe that God the Father, the first Person of the Trinity, created and orders all things according to His will and purpose for mankind. He is the creator of all things, and is sovereign over His creation (Gen 1:1-31; Ps 103:19; Ps 145:8-9; Rom 11:36; 1 Cor 8:6; Eph 3:9)
God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ, the second Person of the Trinity, is coequal and coeternal with the Father. He was born of a virgin, was God incarnate, and the purpose of the incarnation was to reveal God, redeem men, and rule over God’s kingdom (Ps 2:7-9; Is 7:14; Is 9:6; Mic 5:2; Mat 1:23, 25; Luke 1:26-35; John 1:1,14,29; John 5:23; John 14:9-10; Phil 2:9-11; Col 2:9; Heb 7:25-26; 1 Pet 1:18-19).
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross and that His death was voluntary, vicarious, substitutionary, propitiatory, and redemptive (John 10:15; Rom 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Pet 2:24).
We believe that on the basis of the atoning death and physical resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, the believing sinner is freed from the punishment, the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of sin; and that he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God (John 1: 12-13; Rom 3:25; 5:8-9; 2 Cor 5:14-15; 1 Pet 2:24; 3:18).
We believe that Jesus Christ will return to receive the church, which is His Body, unto Himself at the rapture and, returning with His church in glory, will establish His millennial kingdom on earth. The Lord Jesus Christ is the One through whom God will judge all mankind (John 5:22-23; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thes 4:13-18; Rev 20).
God the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person and is coequal with the Father and the Son. It is the work of the Holy Spirit to execute the divine will with relation to all mankind. His divine activity includes convicting the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; glorifying the Lord Jesus Chris; and transforming believers into the image of Christ (Mat 28:19; John 16:7-9, Acts 1:5, 2:4, 5:3-4, 28:25-26; Rom 8:29, 1 Cor 2:10-13, 12:4-6,; 2 cor 3:18; Eph 2:22; Heb 10:15-17).
We believe that man was created in the image of God, and that the purpose of man was and is to glorify God, fellowship with God, and seek His will for their lives (Gen 2:7,15-25; Is 43:7; Col 1:16; James 3:9; Rev 4:11).
We believe that through Adam’s sin of disobedience, man became alienated from God, incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death, became subject to the wrath of God, and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace (Gen 2:16-17; 3:1-19; John 3:36; Rom 3:23; 6:23; 1 Cor 2:14; Eph 2:1-3; 1 Tim 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8).
The Christian Life
We believe that, out of deep gratitude for the undeserved grace of God granted to us, and because our glorious God is so worthy of our total consecration, all the saved should live in such a manner as to demonstrate our adoring love to God and so as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior. We also teach that separation from all religious apostasy and worldly and sinful practices is commanded of us by God (Rom 12:1-2, 1 Cor 5:9-13; 2 Cor 6:14-7:1; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 John 9-11).
We believe that believers should be separated unto our Lord Jesus Christ and affirm that the Christian life is a life of obedient righteousness that reflects the teaching of the Beatitudes and a continual pursuit of holiness. (Matthew 5:2-12; Rom 12:1-2; 2 Cor 7:1; 2 Thes 1:11-12; Heb 12:1,2,14; Titus 2:11-14; 1 John 3:1-10).
We believe that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church , the bride of Christ, of which Christ is the Head (1 Cor 12:12-13; 2 Cor 11:2; Eph 1:22; 4:15; 5:23-32; Col 1:18; Rev 19:7-8).
We believe that the purpose of the church is to glorify God by building itself up in the faith , by instruction of the Word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world (Mat 28:19; Luke 22:19; Acts 1:8; 2:38-42,47; Eph 3:21; 4:13-16; 2 Tim 2:2, 15; 3:16-17; 1 John 1:3).
Marriage, Gender & Sexuality
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as genetic male or genetic female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27).
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one genetic man and one genetic 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 is sinful and not within the will of our benevolent Creator (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10).
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all, and will empower them to 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).
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 Spirit Christian Academy.
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Spirit Christian Academy, and to provide a biblical role model to our students, parents, teachers, and the community, it is imperative that all persons associated with Spirit Christian Academy, in any capacity, including volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; 1 Thess. 5:22).