Willow Glen Belief Statements
STATEMENT OF FAITH
We affirm the historic Christian faith: our beliefs about the person and work of God are as taught in the Bible and expressed in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds.
We believe in the one Triune God, eternally existent, revealed to us in the Bible as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: three distinct persons but one in substance, equal in power and glory. He is infinite in being and perfection; He is spiritual, immortal and invisible. He is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, and complete within Himself. He is infinite in holiness, goodness, faithfulness, mercy, righteousness, justice, and all other perfections; and He is due the highest love, reverence, and obedience. He is Creator, Redeemer, and Sovereign Ruler of creation. He accomplishes all things according to His righteous will for His own glory.
God the Father determines all things after the counsel of His own will. The Father sovereignly governs His creation and human history by His wise and holy providence.
God the Son is Jesus Christ, who took upon Himself human nature, was conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He was fully human yet fully divine, remaining wholly without sin. Through his sinless life and perfect obedience, Christ’s righteousness fulfills the demands of God’s holy law. Through His death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of all who would believe in Him. He was raised from the dead on the third day and appeared to His disciples. He ascended into heaven and is now sitting at the right hand of God the Father, reconciling man to God and allowing believers access to the Father. His resurrection validates the promise of our resurrection and the return of Christ to Earth as King of the New Creation.
Through the person of God the Holy Spirit, the Father and the Son are powerfully present and at work in the world. He exalts Christ, convicts the world of sin, brings righteousness and judgment, guides believers into truth, and entrusts gifts to each child of God so that our life and work as the Body of Christ may be healthy and mature. The presence of the Holy Spirit in us empowers us, produces the fruit of Christlikeness in us, and fills us with confidence in God’s love and forgiveness.
We believe that the Bible is the divinely inspired and entirely trustworthy Word of God. It is authoritative in all matters of Christian faith and practice, speaking with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of humanity. We believe that God, through the Holy Spirit, moved upon the authors of the Scriptures in such a way that they faithfully, accurately, and completely recorded all that God intended them to record such that God would make their words His Word; and that the Scriptures are a reliable, accurate, and a fully trustworthy account of God’s nature and character, His actions in human history, His laws, and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We affirm that the Scriptures are to be the standard of faith and practice by which the life of the Church and the lives of its individual members and their families are to be governed. We also affirm that the Scriptures are the standard by which all revelation and tradition are to be judged.
We believe that God, Creator and Sustainer of the universe, created men and women in His own image to be in loving fellowship with Himself and with one another. God made the world to be our forever home in which his goodness and glory are revealed through our creativity, stewardship, and obedience; work and rest; and wisdom and righteousness. He commissioned us to rule the earth under His headship.
Through the temptation of Satan, we have transgressed the command of God, leaving every person alienated from God and each other, under divine judgment, and without hope of reconciling ourselves to a just and holy God through any of our own efforts. Not only humans but also the whole of Creation, damaged by sin, awaits God’s gracious redemption.
We believe that the loving grace of God is the sole source of salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the ministry of the Holy Spirit. In Christ, God is reconciling the world to Himself.
We believe that the Church, the Body of Christ, continues to exist among people wherever the Spirit of God regenerates, indwells, and unites us to Christ. Our calling as the Church unites us as one Body by the power of the Spirit to worship and serve God in the world: to proclaim and defend his truth, to seek justice and mercy, to pursue shalom (peace) in nature and culture, and to demonstrate the reality of His new order by creative and sacrificial living, seasoning every area of life with the truth and goodness of the gospel.
This Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. For purposes of this school’s faith, doctrine, educational philosophy, beliefs, core values, policies, practices, and discipline, the Governing Board has final interpretive authority on the meaning and application of the Bible.
STATEMENT ON CREATION AND ORIGINS
Regarding the issues of creation and the origin of humanity, Willow Glen Christian School (WGCS) affirms the following:
That God created the heavens and the earth, and that all things were created through His triune power and purpose (Gen. 1:1-3; Ps. 33:6; Job 26:13; Jn. 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-20).
That God continues to be active in creation, both mediately and immediately (Ps. 104; Amos 4:6; Matt. 5:45; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3).
That having brought all things into being from His divine purpose, God declared all of creation “good.” Because of the fall of humanity, all creation now suffers in bondage to sin and is thus in need of redemption, which is provided through the incarnation, life, death and resurrection, and ascension of Jesus (Gen. 1:31; Jn. 1:1-18, 3:16-17; Rom. 8:18-22).
That just as God dwelt with humanity in the Garden of Eden before the fall, God’s act of redemption in creation will culminate when the renewed earth becomes His temple and He dwells with humanity on earth forevermore (Gen. 2-3; Rom. 8:18-22; Rev. 21-22).
That there are several biblically faithful views concerning the mechanism of creation and that love and humility will characterize the way we at WGCS discuss these views. Throughout the history of the Church, some trusted biblical scholars (e.g., Martin Luther) believe the dual account of creation in Genesis 1-2 is to be read with an emphasis on chronology (history). Others (e.g., Augustine, John Calvin) believe that the account is to be read with an emphasis on theology (the knowledge of God), doxology (worship), or teleology (purpose). We believe that these historical views are consistent with orthodox Christian theology and therefore must be discussed with respect for individual conviction.
That the creation mandate to cultivate and care for the world includes rigorous academic study in all the scientific disciplines. Knowledge gleaned from this study is valuable to discussions about the biblical account of creation because God makes Himself known both in His word and in His world. We are called, therefore, to study both together with a spirit of joy, worship, love, and humility.