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Statement of Faith

Apostles’ Creed (2nd Century)

I believe in God the Father Almighty; Mak­er of heav­en and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only begot­ten Son, our Lord.
He was con­ceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the vir­gin, Mary.
He suf­fered under Pon­tius Pilate, was cru­ci­fied, died, and was buried.
He descend­ed into Hades.
On the third day He rose again from the dead, ascend­ed into Heav­en,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He will come to judge the liv­ing and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church,
the com­mu­nion of saints, the for­give­ness of sins,
the res­ur­rec­tion of the body, and the life ever­last­ing.

Nicene Creed, Constantinople (381 AD)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Mak­er of heav­en and earth,
and of all things vis­i­ble and invis­i­ble;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only begot­ten Son of God, begot­ten of His Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begot­ten, not made,
being of one sub­stance with the Father; by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our sal­va­tion came down from Heav­en,
and was incar­nate by the Holy Ghost of the vir­gin, Mary,
and was made man;
and was cru­ci­fied also for us under Pon­tius Pilate;
He suf­fered and was buried;
and the third day He rose again accord­ing to the Scrip­tures,
and ascend­ed into Heav­en, and sits on the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again, with glo­ry,
to judge both the liv­ing and the dead;
whose king­dom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, and Giv­er of Life,
who pro­ceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son togeth­er is wor­shiped and glo­ri­fied;
who spoke by the Prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apos­tolic Church;
acknowl­edge one bap­tism for the remis­sion of sins;
and I look for the res­ur­rec­tion of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.

An Evangelical Confession:

  • We believe the Bible to be the only inerrant Word of God. It is our only ulti­mate and infal­li­ble author­i­ty for faith and prac­tice, and is con­tained in the 66 books of the Old and New Tes­ta­ments.
  • We believe that there is one God, eter­nal­ly exis­tent in three Per­sons; Father, Son and Holy Spir­it. He is omnipo­tent, that is, He is all-pow­er­ful. He is omnipresent, that is, He is present through­out all Cre­ation but not lim­it­ed by it. He is omni­scient; that is, He knows all things. He read­i­ly exer­cis­es His pow­er which is present every­where, and to Him there is noth­ing that is impos­si­ble or unknown, that is, He knows what has been from eter­ni­ty, what now takes place every­where, and what will be to all eter­ni­ty.
  • We believe the God we serve is holy, right­eous, good, severe, lov­ing and full of mer­cy. He cre­at­ed the heav­ens and earth, and every­thing in them, in the space of six ordi­nary days, and all very good. He is the Cre­ator, Sus­tain­er, and Gov­er­nor of every­thing that has been made.
  • We believe in the true deity and full human­i­ty of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His vir­gin birth, in His sin­less life, in His mir­a­cles, in His vic­ar­i­ous and aton­ing death through His shed blood, in His bod­i­ly res­ur­rec­tion, in His ascen­sion to the right hand of the Father and in His per­son­al return in pow­er and glo­ry.
  • We believe in the full deity of the Holy Spir­it, acknowl­edg­ing Him togeth­er with the Father and the Son in the works of cre­ation and redemp­tion.
  • We believe that because of Adam’s sin all mankind is in rebel­lion against God. For the sal­va­tion of such lost and sin­ful men, regen­er­a­tion by the Holy Spir­it is absolute­ly nec­es­sary.
  • We believe that sal­va­tion is by grace through faith alone, and that faith with­out works is dead.
  • We believe in the present min­istry of the Holy Spir­it, by whose indwelling the Chris­t­ian is enabled to live a god­ly life.
  • We believe in the res­ur­rec­tion of both the saved and lost; those who are saved to the res­ur­rec­tion of life, and those who are lost to the res­ur­rec­tion of damna­tion.
  • We believe in the spir­i­tu­al uni­ty of all believ­ers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Additional Statements:

We agree with the Con­fes­sion of Faith adopt­ed by the Asso­ci­a­tion of Clas­si­cal Chris­t­ian Schools.

On Cre­ation

Con­cern­ing the teach­ing of ori­gins, we affirm that God cre­at­ed every­thing out of noth­ing and that He cre­at­ed it good. Chris­tians have dif­fered as to the age of the earth based upon the Gen­e­sis 1 account of cre­ation. Var­i­ous inter­pre­ta­tions which affirm the inerrant char­ac­ter of Gen­e­sis 1 can be held by faith­ful Chris­tians. Nonethe­less, at Agape Christi Acad­e­my, we teach that God cre­at­ed the world in the space of six ordi­nary days and that God rest­ed on the sev­enth.

On Life

 We believe that all human life is sacred and cre­at­ed by God. Human life at all stages – includ­ing pre-born and end of life – should be val­ued and respect­ed, (Psalm 139).

On Mar­riage and Sex­u­al­i­ty

We believe that the term “mar­riage” has only one mean­ing, and that is mar­riage sanc­tioned by God, which joins one man and one woman in a sin­gle, exclu­sive, covenan­tal union, as delin­eat­ed in Scrip­ture.

We believe that God intends sex­u­al inti­ma­cy to only occur between a man and a woman who are mar­ried to each oth­er. 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, such as adul­tery, for­ni­ca­tion, homo­sex­u­al con­duct, bisex­u­al con­duct, bes­tial­i­ty, incest, any use of pornog­ra­phy or any attempt to change one’s sex, or dis­agree­ment with one’s bio­log­i­cal sex, is sin­ful and offen­sive to God.

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