STATEMENT OF FAITH
Faith Academy is a discipleship school, not an evangelical school. Simply stated, we believe in:
One God in three persons; 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)
One Way of Salvation; We believe that salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12; Eph 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19)
One Book; 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)
One Body; 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)
God’s design for Marriage; We believe that marriage is only between one man and one woman. God’s Word is clear that the two, meaning one man and one woman, become one flesh in marriage. (Gen 2:24; Mat 19:6; Mark 10:8)
These statements are based on fundamental Christian beliefs that we strongly support as the primary doctrine for teaching. Faith Academy does not promote or endorse any particular denomination. It is our desire to maintain this position for the purpose of unity and fairness to each student. Other doctrinal issues upon which this ministry has no official stance will be considered secondary doctrine and will not be taught. In the event secondary doctrine is brought up, students will be referred back to the family and church for final authority. We desire to remain united in the salvation and love of Christ, avoiding any dissension that may be caused by denominational distinctive. Students and parents must sign their agreement with the Statement of Faith.
FOUNDATIONAL PILLARS OF FAITH ACADEMY
We believe God has shown us the following critical initiatives to promote overall excellence and future development of our school:
- Prayer and Faith: FAMF is founded upon faith in God, and we will rely on Him to meet all our needs. Prayerlessness is powerlessness.
- “God Is”: Submitting to God’s truth in all things, FAMF will promote and teach a biblical worldview.
- Strengthening Families: FAMF will affirm and train parents in their God-given responsibility to disciple their children.
- Communication: FAMF will communicate accurate information about who we are, and what we do to facilitate relationship within the school and our communities.
- Servant hood: FAMF leadership, administrative staff, and teaching staff are called by God to faithfully serve our families through Christian education.
- Excellence: FAMF will pursue excellence through Christian character in all things.
- Use of the Tongue: We expect each other to use the tongue in a manner that praises God, encourages and heals, speaks the truth, is sensitive to all faiths, and seeks to build and not destroy.
STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen 1:26-27.) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one 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 (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matt 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10.)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Faith Academy as a local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Faith Academy students, parents and staff members, it is imperative that all persons employed by Faith Academy in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who 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 Faith Academy.
The biblical and philosophical goal of Faith Academy is to work in conjunction with the home to develop students into mature, Christ-like individuals who will be able to exhibit a Christ-like life. Of necessity, this involves the school’s understanding and belief of what qualities or characteristics exemplify a Christ-like life. Even though parents may personally believe differently, while enrolled at Faith Academy, all students are expected to exhibit the qualities of a Christ-like life espoused and taught by the school and to refrain from certain activities or behavior. Thus, Faith Academy retains the right to refuse enrollment to or to discontinue enrollment of any student who engages in, but not necessarily limited to, sexual immorality, including any student who professes to be homosexual/bisexual/transgender or is a practicing homosexual/bisexual/transgender, as well as any student who condones, supports, or otherwise promotes such practices (Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:27).