Siouxland Christian School is first and foremost committed to instruction and education that conform to the Word of God. Because we are of diverse church and denominational backgrounds, it is important that as a body of believers known as Siouxland Community Christian School, we are diligent about unity, based on the truths of Scripture, in the bond of love. To that end, it is important to set forth, in writing these Tenets of Faith, the following statements of fundamental truth and doctrine:
1. The Scriptures Inspired
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, inerrant in their original writing, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
2. The One True Godhead
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, the Holy Spirit, is the executor of all God’s work. Believers are born again, indwelt, sealed, and guided by the Holy Spirit (John 3:6-8; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 1:13-14; Romans 8:14). We are admonished to walk, worship, and pray in the Spirit (Romans 8:4; John 4:24; Ephesians 6:18), to know God through Jesus Christ, and by the Holy Spirit, to find the meaning of life.
3. Man and His Fall
We believe that God created the world, with man in His image; that man sinned and thereby incurred both physical and spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and are sinners in thought, word, and deed, becoming accountable upon reaching moral responsibility (Genesis 1:26-31; Romans 5:12-21). Along these lines, in accordance with God's Word, we believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, with the act of sexual intercourse only being Scriptural (thus acceptable) in the context of marriage (Genesis 2:23-24, Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 18.22, 1 Corinthians 6:9, Ephesians 5:31).
4. God Manifest in the Flesh
We believe that Jesus was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true Christ. He is God manifest in the flesh – the supreme expression of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3). It is God’s intention that our primary focus is on Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:2). We enter into a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ by believing in His atoning work and trusting Him.
5. The Salvation of Man
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that whoever believes in Him is justified on the basis of His shed blood. We believe that Jesus is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). No one comes to the Father, except through Christ.
6. The Ascension
We believe in the literal resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven, and His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate.
7. The Church
We believe in the local church, which was established by Jesus Christ. The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointment for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the church (Ephesians 1:22 and 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23).
8. Blessed Hope
We believe in the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus is coming again to gather all His saints to heaven (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, 11 Thessalonians 2:1).
We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit. Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity. (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; 11 Corinthians 5:10).
10. Life Eternal
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just unto everlasting blessedness, and of the unjust unto everlasting conscious punishment. (Revelations 21:1-8).