The Statement of Faith of Knoxville Christian School, signed annually by each member of the Board of Trustees, administration, faculty, and staff, provides affirmation of biblical doctrine that is in concert with the message of God as reflected in the Bible and historic Christianity. The statement also defines the perspective that shapes our education. Our Statement of Faith clarifies and insures ongoing faithfulness of the entire school community to God’s purpose and will.
WE BELIEVE in one God, the Creator of the Universe and the Giver of Life. God is an all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever present spiritual being. He is truthful, faithful, loving, good, patient, just, merciful, holy, and righteous. As Ruler of the Universe, God reigns supreme over nature, history, and human life. God by His spoken word created the Heavens and the Earth for His own glory. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Hebrews 11:3; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Acts 17:24-28)
WE BELIEVE the Bible, the Old and New Testament, is the inspired Word of God, written by human authors under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit, and is entirely true. Scripture is useful for teaching, preaching and training in faith. God’s Word is the standard for all subsequent Christian teaching (2 Peter 1:20-21; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
WE BELIEVE we are created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through the forgiveness and salvation of Jesus Christ. To be eternally separated from God is called Hell. To be eternally in union with God is called heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our life. Jesus Christ will return, personally, visibly, and unexpectedly, in power and great glory, to gather His people, to raise the dead, to judge the nations, and to bring His Kingdom to fulfillment. (John 3:16, 14:17; Romans 6:23, 8:17-18; Revelation 20:15, 21:27, 1 Corinthians 2:7-9; Matthew 25:41)
WE BELIEVE Jesus Christ came to restore not only our relationship with God – but also to bring unity and dignity to men and women of all races, ages, and classes. All persons are made in the image of God, and every disciple of Jesus Christ is to reflect that image in the home and in society. (Galatians 3:26-29; Ephesians 2:11-22; John 17:20-26; Acts 10:9-23; Colossians 3:11-14)
WE BELIEVE that beliefs are far more than intellectual affirmations: Our faith impacts our actions. Therefore these faith statements will be the guiding principles for decision making for both institutional direction and for each individual entrusted with responsibility within Knoxville Christian School (James 2:19-20).
WE BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God and co-equal with the Father. Though Jesus lived an uncorrupted human life on earth, his own people murdered him on a cross. After three days, Jesus came back to life, demonstrating his power over sin and death. He later returned to heaven with the Father, and now reigns in heaven, interceding for us until he comes again. He is the only way to the Father. (John 1:1-3; 14, 18; Acts 2:23-24, 36; I Timothy 2:5; John 14:6)
WE BELIEVE in the Holy Spirit, the presence of God, in the lives of believers. God has given us the Holy Spirit as a comforter, guide, teacher, and guarantee of our eternal hope. The Holy Spirit recreates men and women, empowering us to live the new life to which we have been called. His work in us produces lives characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Through His Spirit, God grants gifts and abilities to believers for the strengthening of the church. (John 14:16-17; Romans 8:9-14; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:11-13)
WE BELIEVE men and women are created in the image of God and are completely dependent upon Him. The primary purpose of humanity is to glorify God and to enjoy a relationship with Him. Unfortunately, all men and women rebel against God’s standards and deserve the separation from Him that sin brings. Reconciliation with God is only available by His grace for salvation and new life. (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalm 23; Mark 12:29-30; Romans 3:23-24)
WE BELIEVE that all people are created in the image of God and have tremendous potential for good, but we are all marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called sin. As a result of our sin, we have a shattered and broken relationship with God that can only be made whole through Jesus Christ. Salvation is God’s free gift (grace) to us but we must accept it by acknowledging Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (confessing); turning from our sinful life-style (repentance); being immersed in water (baptism); and trusting in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. (Romans 5:1, 3:23, 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12; 14:6; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26; Acts 2:38)
WE BELIEVE that the Christian church is the community of God’s people. Jesus is the head of the body, which is united by its common faith in Him. The church participates in the worship of God, the fellowship and training of believers, and the spread of God’s love in the world. The ministry of Jesus continues in the church as people love and help those separated from God and others. (Matthew 16:16-18; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:19-20; 1 Peter 1-4; Acts 2:42-47)
WE BELIEVE we are commanded in the Bible to be baptized by immersion in order to receive forgiveness of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (Act 2:37-39). Baptism is done out of obedience to Jesus Christ and is a part of our salvation process. Baptism illustrates how God cleanses us of our sins as well as how He raises us to new life in Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; Galatians 3:26-27; Acts 8:26-40, 9:17-19, 10:47-48, 16:15, 16:29-33)
WE BELIEVE we should sing without instrumental music in our worship services. We find it to be quite meaningful when everyone is asked to participate in the singing. (1 Corinthians 14:15; Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 2:12)
WE BELIEVE in the school’s religious conviction that the unique roles of the male and female are clearly defined in Scripture and that Romans 1:24-32 condemns the homosexual lifestyle. (Romans 12:1–2; 1 Corinthians 6:9–20; Ephesians 4:1–11, 5:3–5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3–8; 1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:19–22; 1 Peter 1:15–16, 2:15–17; 1 John 3:1–3).