STATEMENT OF FAITH

  1. We believe that the Bible, consisting of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and the final authority in matters of faith and life. We believe that the Bible derives its authority from God its author and not from the opinions of men. 

  2. We believe that there is one living and true God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We believe that the God we serve is the creator and sustainer of all things, and the source of all truth. He is all powerful, all knowing, holy, righteous, just, good, loving, and full of mercy. 

  3. We believe that the Father is begotten of none. He is the eternal Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Author of salvation, the Father of all who are begotten into newness of life through faith in Christ. 

  4. We believe in the true deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal son of God. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood on the cross as our representative and substitute, in His bodily resurrection from the dead, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and mankind and that salvation comes only through Him, by grace alone, through faith alone. 

  5. We believe that, because of Adam’s sin, all mankind is in rebellion against God. For the salvation of such lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit, through the blood of Jesus Christ, is absolutely necessary.  We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, who gives Christians the daily strength and wisdom they need for Christ-like living and to walk according to God’s will and to grow in holiness. 

  6. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, and that good works, done in obedience to God’s commandments, are the necessary fruits and evidence of a true and lively faith. 

  7. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost.  Those who are saved to the resurrection of life and those who are lost to the resurrection of destruction.

  8. We believe God miraculously and directly created all things. He brought all created things into existence out of nothing, designing them according to His good pleasure and wisdom. The origin of the universe, the origin of life, the origin of all kinds of living things, and the origin of humans cannot be explained adequately apart from reference to that intelligent exercise of God’s divine power.

  9. We believe God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as biologically male or biologically female. These two distinct, complementary, binary sexes, together reflect the image and nature of God (Genesis 1:26-27).  

  10. We believe all human life is sacred and created by God in His image.  Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions from conception through natural death. 

  11. We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:6-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9.)

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Section 1:     Educational Distinctives:  We are Christian

  • We believe an effective education must be established firmly on the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ as it is revealed in the inerrant Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.  That gospel, or good news, begins with the reality that we are creatures formed in God’s image, ruined by sin, and redeemed and restored by the finished work of Jesus Christ.  With this understanding, Christian education regards as its ultimate aim the formation of the whole person, body and soul, to love God and love people. 
  • We subscribe to the historic creeds and confessions of the Christian Church understanding that these words hold unchanging truths and meaning by which the gospel of Jesus Christ has been transmitted since its revelation to all people of all times in all places and have great significance for us today.
  • We seek our own formation in the likeness of Christ and the transmission of the gospel in the context of the community of believers.  In such a community, we are stronger and better able to encourage and equip one another through the sharing of our individual, God-given talents in our common walk of faith and in the schooling and discipling of our children rather than attempting to do so alone.

Section 2:     Educational Distinctives:  We are Classical

 

At Heritage Academy we are committed to developing an educational community founded upon the principles of a classical model of education.  According to researcher, writer, and curriculum developer Dr. Christopher Perrin, classical education can be defined as “the authoritative, traditional and enduring form of education, begun by the Greeks and Romans, developed through history and now being renewed and recovered in the 21st century.”  What is being renewed and recovered is a method of education which seeks the intellectual, moral, aesthetic, spiritual, and physical formation of each student.

 

This approach involves 

  • an emphasis on the seven liberal arts for the instruction of all subjects and stages in a person’s development from childhood through old age 

  • a return to learning Latin and Greek* as fundamental for mastering the rudiments and structure of language, 

  • an integration of learning across the disciplines, 

  • an embracing of the classics as those books which lend the most beauty, profundity, and shaping influence for our contemplation, and 

  • a continued search for those tools which best teach students how to teach themselves and experience schole, or learning that is restful and delightful. 

All of this is done in active partnership with parents.  The classical school must work for and with the parents, forging true relationships whereby it is best understood how to educate their children.   

*usually taught at the collegiate level

 

Section 3:        Statement of Non-Affiliation

 

Heritage Academy has no direct affiliation with any specific religious organization.

 

Section 4:        Non-Denominational Position

 

Heritage Academy does not promote or endorse any particular denomination. There shall be no attempt made by parents, students, staff, or Trustees, when acting as agents of the corporation, to promote or disparage any doctrinal or denominational beliefs, practices, or positions regarding issues upon which the ministry itself has assumed no official stance.  In the event secondary doctrine is brought up, students will be referred back to their parents or guardian and church for final authority.

Section 5:        Final Authority for Matters of Belief and Conduct

 

The Bible is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Heritage Academy’s  ministry, faith, doctrine, employee hiring, employee termination, prospective student eligibility, student admission; student discipline, practice, policy, and discipline, the board of trustees of Heritage Academy is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application and Statement of Faith

 

Article V:      Statement of Non-Discrimination

 

Staff and General:  Heritage Academy shall make no distinction in its employment decisions, education program, educational activity and/or operating policies with regard to an individual’s age, biological sex, disability, veteran status, race, color, or national and ethnic origin.  Under federal and state law, Heritage Academy may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its ministry and purposes, including, but not limited to a commitment to and fulfillment of the Statement of Faith.  Moreover, any violation of the organization’s Statement of Faith constitutes good cause to terminate employment.


Student Admissions:  In order to fulfill its ministry, Heritage Academy invites prospective students to apply  and will admit students of either biological sex, any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  Heritage Academy does not discriminate on the basis of biological sex, race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs.  All prospective students, admitted students and families shall support and follow the school’s mission and vision including, but not limited to, an acknowledgement of the Statement of Faith.