Redwood Christian Schools Doctrinal Statement
As a school, we believe that God is an eternal personal being of absolute knowledge, power, goodness, and righteousness. He is ultimate reality, the source and foundation of all reality and truth. We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, is creator, designer and preserver of all things. In Him the entire universe has its origin, energy, control, and final destiny.
We believe that man came into being by a direct, immediate act of the Creator and is unique among all the creatures. Man (Mankind) bears the image of God in that he has personality and the power of moral choice. Man’s purpose is to glorify God, and to subdue and hold dominion over the earth. The first man, by deliberate choice, became estranged from God, and his divine image was forever marred; he became morally corrupt and in need of redemption. This redemption is provided by God only through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Truth is centered in Christ, and all its disciplines are meaningfully related to each other and to Him. God communicates truth to man through revelation that is both “General” (nature and providence) and “Special” (Bible and Jesus). We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the final authority for faith and practice.
All Christians, in all times and in all places, have been united into a single body of God’s design. This union is called the body of Christ, the universal church. The Bible commands that Christians assemble for worship, instruction, fellowship, and mission. The mission of the church is to make disciples of all nations. Redwood Christian Schools, in cooperation with parents, participates in the mission insofar as we are part of the body of Christ.
Because God is central and has made Himself known through revelation, education must create an awareness of God’s manifestations. We believe that education is learning to see things as God sees them and to think God’s thoughts after Him. We believe that all curricula is related to God and the revelation of God becomes the heart of the curricula. The most important agent in this revelation is the Holy Spirit.
In the educational process, the Christian school is an extension of both the home and the church, the two institutions to which Scripture gives the responsibility of education. We recognize that the most effective education necessitates a Christian teacher and a Christian student. We believe that God has given the responsibility for discipline and instruction of children to parents. They are to train each one faithfully in God’s truth. The father, under God’s direction, has this major responsibility as he and his wife raise each child in the ways of the Lord. We believe that our parents have given Redwood Christian Schools the authority to join with them in this process during the school hours and activities. The parents empower the School to act as surrogate parents and Redwood agrees to assist (but not supplant) the parents in the teaching and training of truth and in character development. Personal salvation is our foremost objective for each student, enabling him to reflect God spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically. It is our further objective to lead each student into an understanding of the basic concepts of the Christian life, to develop within him the ability to think deeply and critically from a Christian worldview, and to guide him into making his relationship with Jesus Christ meaningful in every aspect of his life.
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