Basis and Educational Principles

BASIS

The basis of Covenant Christian High School, Inc. is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, the infallible Word of God, as interpreted in Reformed creedal standards, namely, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of the Synod of Dordt, and/or the Westminster Confession [hereinafter “the historic Reformed confessions”]. In accordance with those confessions, we hold unreservedly to the sovereignty of God, revealed in creation {Romans 1:20} and in the Lordship of Jesus Christ over the world and thus over every sphere of human activity. We submit unconditionally to the authority of Holy Scripture, thereby recognizing Scripture alone to be the supreme and final standard for Christian education and all other matters of faith and life. The Corporation is not an ecclesiastical body nor is it subject to any ecclesiastical organization. The government of CovenantChristianHigh School is autonomous.


EDUCATIONALPRINCIPLES
                       
Covenant is committed to the following basic principles for Christian education:
(a)           We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the infallible, inerrant, sufficient, and inspired Word of God, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. [II Peter 1:19-21; Psalm 19:7-11]

(b)           We believe that God is the one only God, eternally existed in three persons, in Trinity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Each Person is unique but together; one in substance and equal in power and glory. [Gal. 4:4-6; Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 8 Q & A 25]

(c)           We believe that God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, created the universe and its parts perfectly from nothing, by means of His sovereign verbal directive. [Hebrews 11:3] God not only created all things, but also upholds and is sovereign over all creation. Included in this creation was man made in the image of God, made without sin, and capable of perfect obedience. 
    
(d)           We believe that man, though created perfectly, nevertheless fell into sin and rebelled against God. As a result of man’s sin, all creation was placed under God’s curse. [Gen. 3:17-19]

(e)           We believe that for man’s salvation God graciously sent Jesus Christ our Lord, the only begotten Son of the Father who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born a true man of the virgin Mary. Being therefore both God and man, He is the perfect mediator between God and man. He lived a life of perfect obedience, suffered in His humanity, was crucified, experienced complete separation from God, died, was buried, and arose bodily from the dead on the third day. He suffered total punishment in the place of those He came to redeem so that they would be reconciled to God. [II Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:8-10]

(f)            We believe that eternal life is a gracious gift of God received through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone and that eternal life is neither deserved by anyone nor can it be earned by good deeds. [Eph. 2:8-10]

(g)           We believe that after His bodily ascension into Heaven, Christ our Lord was seated at the right hand of God the Father, where He intercedes for those whom He has purchased with His own blood. From heaven, he will return to judge all men, giving believers in Him life eternal and unbelievers eternal condemnation and separation from God forever. [Rom. 8:34; Matt. 25:31-46]

(h)            We believe that God the Holy Spirit is our Teacher who instructs us in the meaning and application of the Word of God from the Word itself. His regenerating and illuminating work is necessary to a saving understanding of His Word and a growing in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. [II Tim. 3:14-16; John 14:26]

(i)             We believe that God has charged parents with the responsibility of bringing up their children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord” [Eph. 6:4], and that the school serves to assist parents in this covenantal task.