ECCS seeks to glorify God by bringing covenant children to spiritual maturity through a classical Christian education and biblical training and teaching using a Christian world-view as a foundation for all learning with a commitment to prayer and the Reformed Faith.
Statement of Faith
Our statement of faith shapes everything we do at Evangel Classical Christian School. It guides us in the classroom and in our relationships with parents and our community.
This statement of faith contains the essential biblical doctrines that guide the ministry of Evangel Classical Christian School. These primary doctrines define the perspective from which all classes will be taught and are one of the tools that will be used in the hiring of faculty and administration.
Issues not discussed in this statement of faith, such as baptism, charismatic gifts, keeping of the Sabbath, and end times, will not be emphasized in the teaching of the school. These issues are important, and they may arise upon occasion within the curriculum, but Evangel Classical Christian School recognizes that Christians are at liberty to reach different conclusions regarding them. The school’s recognition that Christians disagree on these topics, however, should not be interpreted to mean that the school believes that there is no right answer to questions about these issues. With this caveat in mind and so that doctrinal disputes do not cause irreparable division within the school, classroom discussion of secondary doctrines will clearly delineate the Reformed view of the Presbyterian Church of America while encouraging students to respectfully investigate and articulate alternate views held by other Christian traditions. ECCS teachers will model respectful dialogue and encourage students to follow the example of the Bereans who “…received the word with great eagerness, and examined the Scriptures daily to see whether if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11 NIV) “Students will also be encouraged to follow up any questions they have regarding classroom discussion with their parents and pastor.”
1. Sovereignty of God: God controls all that occurs in His world and in His church. His plans and purposes always prevail; nothing can thwart them.
2. Inerrancy of Scripture: God’s written Word, the Bible, is free from error and is completely trustworthy. It is His Truth and is the final authority in all matters.
3. God’s Creation of the World and Man: The Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, alone has existed from eternity past and in His wisdom decided to create the universe from nothing. God spoke and it came into existence. Humanity did not evolve from lower life forms but was created by God. Man, male and female, was created with dignity in that he was made in God’s image and was created in humility in that his purpose is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
4. Fall of Mankind: All mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and are thus lost in sin and totally depraved.
5. Jesus, Savior of Sinners: Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God and the only Savior of the world. Fully God and fully man, He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. He alone secured our salvation by His atonement on the cross and by His righteous life imputed to us. Jesus rose bodily from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will come again in power and glory.
6. Justification by Faith Alone: Sinners are justified by faith alone. They do not deserve salvation, and they cannot earn it. Justification is granted by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
7. Empowering Holy Spirit: Every true believer in Jesus Christ is indwelt and empowered by the Holy Spirit, who enables believers to live a godly life and to perform good works.
8. Body of Christ: All believers are spiritually united in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Head of the church. Every believer is a member of the body of Christ.
9. Final Judgment and Resurrection: At the second coming of Christ, the saved and the lost will be bodily resurrected and judged. The saved will be resurrected to eternal life, and the lost will be resurrected to eternal condemnation.
We aim to teach children to think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; to reason persuasively and articulate precisely; to evaluate their entire range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and to do so with eagerness and joyful submission to God. We desire that they recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical truths, and to be unswayed towards evil by the former. We aim to help them become well prepared in all situations, equipping them with information and the knowledge of how to use it. We desire that they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious, as they become equipped with and gain an understanding of the tools of learning; that they desire to grow in understanding, yet fully realize the limitations and foolishness of this world. We desire that they have a heart for unbelievers and the courage to seek to dissuade those who are stumbling toward destruction; that they distinguish real religion from religion in form only; and that they possess the former, knowing and loving the Lord Jesus Christ. Along with all these, we desire that they possess humility and gratitude to God.
We likewise aim to cultivate these same qualities in our staff. We desire that our staff be professional and diligent in their work, gifted in teaching, and loving toward their students and their subjects. We desire that they clearly understand classical education, how it works in their classroom, and how their work fits into the whole of classical education; that they possess a lifelong hunger to learn and grow; and that they have opportunities to be refreshed and renewed. We desire to see them coach and nurture new staff and to serve as academic and spiritual mentors to students. We look to see them mature in Christ, grow in the knowledge of God and see their own children walking with the Lord.
We aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of responsibility for the school and to see them well informed about the goals of our classical and Christ-centered approach. We desire that they grow with the school, being involved in and excited about the journey. We aim to help them follow Biblical principles in addressing concerns and embrace the Scripture’s injunctions to encourage and stir up one another to love and good works.
Finally, in our relationship with our community, we aim to be above reproach in our financial dealings. We further seek to exemplify the unity of the body of Christ, to develop greater fellowship and understanding among the churches, and to bring honor to our Lord in all our endeavors.