The following is the foundation of beliefs on which Calvary Church, and therefore Calvary Classical Academy, is based.
They are also the key elements of Protestant Christianity that will be unapologetically taught in various ways through all grade levels. The substance of these statements are considered primary doctrine in Calvary Classical Academy. Secondary or fringe issues will not be presented as primary doctrine. When these types of topics arise, they will be referred back to the family and local churches for final authority (see Secondary Doctrine Policy).
I. The Word of God
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
II Tim. 3:16; II Pet. 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32.
II. The Trinity
We believe that there is one living and true God, externally existing in three person; that these are equal in every divine perfection, and that they execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation, providence and redemption.
Gen. 1:1, 26; John 1:1,3; Matt. 28:19; John 4:24; Rom. 1:9,20; Eph. 4:5,6.
III. God the Father
We believe in God the Father, an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.
Luke 10:21,22; Matt. 23:9; John 3:16, 6:27; Rom. 1:7; I Tim. 1:1,2; 5:5; I Peter 1:3; Rev. 1:6.
IV. Jesus Christ
We believe in Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, and teachings. We believe in His substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, and ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people, and personal visible return to earth.
Matt.1: 18-25, Luke 1; 26-38; John 1:1, 20:28; Rom. 9:5, 8:46; II Cor. 5:21; I Peter 2:21-23; John 20:30,31; Matt. 20:28; Eph. 1:4; Acts 1:11; Rom. 5:6-8; 6:9,10; Heb. 7:25; Heb. 9:28; I Tim. 3:16.
V. The Holy Spirit
We believe on the Holy Spirit who came forth from the Father and Son to convince the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower all who believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Christ, and that he is an abiding helper, teacher and guide.
John 14:16,17,26; 15:26,27; John 16:9-14; Rom. 8:9; I Cor. 3:16; 6:19; Gal. 5:22-26
We believe that man was created by God in His own image; that he sinned and therefore incurred physical, spiritual and eternal death, which is separation from God; that as a consequence, all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners by choice and therefore under condemnation. We believe that those who repent and forsake sin and trust Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and become new creatures, are delivered from condemnation and receive eternal life.
Gen. 1:26, 5:2; Gen. 3; Gen. 2:17; 3:19; Eccl. 2:11; John 3:14; 5:24; John 5:30; 7:13; 8:12; 10:26; Rom. 9:22; II Thess. 1:9; Rev. 19 :3, 20; 20:10; 14,15; 21:18; Ps. 51:7; Jer. 17:9; James 1:14; Rom. 3:19; 5:19; Prov. 28; 13; I John 1:9; John 3:16; John 1:13; II Cor. 5:17; Rom. 8:1.
VII. The Church
We believe in the universal church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and all regenerated persons are members. We believe in the local church, consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on a credible profession of faith, and associated for worship, work, and fellowship. We believe that God has laid upon the members of the local church the primary task of giving the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost world.
Eph. 2:19-22; Acts 1:8; Eph. 5:19-21; Acts 2:42; Heb. 10:23-25.
VIII. Christian Conduct
We believe that a Christian should live for the glory of God and the well being of his fellow men; that his conduct should be blameless before the world; that he should be a faithful steward of his possessions; and that he should seek to realize for himself and others the full stature of maturity in Christ. We believe tht a Christian should joyfully, and in love, give financially to God by giving to the support of this church family's pastors and staff, to the congregation's expenses, to help the poor, widows, and orphans, and to spread the Good News of the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ among all the peoples.
I Cor. 10:31; Rom. 12:1-3; Heb. 12:1-2; John 14:15,23-24; I John 2:3-6; II Cor. 9:6-9; I Cor. 4:2; Col 1:9-10.
IX. The Ordinances
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has committed two ordinances to the local church, baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe that Christian baptism is the immersion of the believer in water into the name of the triune God. We believe that the Lord's Supper was instituted by Christ for commemoration of His death. We believe that these two ordinances should be observed and administered to all members of the church until the return of the Lord Jesus.
Matt. 28:18-20; Rom. 6:3-5; I Cor. 11:23-26.
X. Religious Liberty
We believe that every human being has direct relations with God, and is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith; that each church is independent and must be free from interference by any political or ecclesiastical authority; that therefore Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from dictation or patronage of the other.
I Tim. 2:5; Rom. 14:7-9,12.
XI. Church Cooperation
We believe that the local churches can best promote the cause of Jesus Christ by cooperating with one another in organizations like (but not limited to) a denominational or conference. Such an organization, whether regional, national or international, exists and functions by the will of the churches. Cooperation in such an organization by this church is voluntary and may be terminated at any time.
Acts 15:36,41; 16:5; I Cor. 16:1; Gal. 1:1-3; Rev. 1:4,10,11.
XII. The Last Things
We believe in the personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ to earth and the establishment of His kingdom. We believe in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment, the eternal felicity of the righteous and the endless suffering of the wicked.
Matt. 16:27; Mark 14:62; John 14: 3; Acts 1:11; Phil. 3:20; I Thess. 4:15; II Tim. 4:1.
Calvary Classical Academy stands firmly upon truth claims and moral foundations of Christianity. This includes, but is not limited to, the biblical definition of marriage, the attendant boundaries of sexuality and moral conduct, and the clear biblical teaching that gender is both sacred and established by God’s design. Parents or the legal guardians, who choose to enroll their children at Calvary Classical Academy, are agreeing to support these and other basic biblical values derived from historical Christianity and the relevant Christian positions embraced by Calvary Community Church, under whose authority this academy rests. Parents understand and agree that Calvary Classical Academy will teach these principles and biblical values.
In addition, the Advisory Board urges parents to recognize their scriptural responsibility (Deuteronomy 6:1–9, Psalm 78:5, 6, Proverbs 22:6) to provide their children with a teaching consistent with the Biblical approach, as the classical model of education does, and to understand that the primary responsibility for this task rests with the parents (Ephesians 6:4). Calvary Classical Academy was founded and continues to operate upon biblical values and the desire and commitment for Bible-believing Christian parents to enroll their children in an intentionally Classical and Christian environment. Calvary Classical also accepts admission for students from any family who, despite their religious background or beliefs, is willing to support Calvary Classical Academy’s philosophy of Classical Christian education, student conduct requirements, and the school’s above-stated positions and who is willing to allow their children to be educated and influenced in an intentionally Christian environment. Continued enrollment at Calvary Classical is contingent upon this same understanding and support.
This policy applies to all Calvary Classical teachers in their capacity as teachers at Calvary Classical Academy.
Secondary Doctrine: Doctrinal issues which are not addressed in the Calvary Classical Academy Statement of Faith.
- Classroom discussion of secondary doctrine should be on an informative, non-partisan level. Teachers will be careful not to speak to the students in a manner that would cause offense to the parents.
- Presentation of all sides of an issue is encouraged.
- The teacher will encourage the students to follow up any questions they have with their parents and pastor.
Calvary Classical Academy Advisory Council and the administration are planning and praying toward further growth of the school, both in facilities and the scope of the program, as more families become convinced of the necessity and advantages of a classical, Christ-centered education. Calvary Classical Academy is governed by the Word of God, as understood and applied by the school’s Advisory Council and administration. The Advisory Council is under the authority of the Elders of Calvary Community Church.