Verity Academy East Bay- Statement of Faith
Preface: We believe that unity regarding the foundational doctrines clearly taught in the Holy Bible is absolutely essential. This statement of faith does not deal with those matters over which godly people have differed in understanding. Therefore, this is not a statement of all that is important to believe, but of all that is essential to believe for Christian fellowship and unity (Rom. 15:7).
1. The Holy Bible is True
We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God, and of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
2. God is a Triune God
We believe that there is one living, true, infinitely intelligent, Triune God-- eternally existent as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus Christ is God
We believe that Jesus Christ is the express image of the invisible God, which is to say He is God; that He became man. We believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His vicarious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the Father, where He is now, acting as our interceding High Priest; and that He will return again personally, visibly, and gloriously.
4. Man Needs Salvation-which is a work of God
We believe salvation is wholly of God, by grace alone; not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, but the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ alone; that God in love gave His only Son to die on the cross for sin, thus procuring the redemption of those who are lost and sinful, yet come to Him; that this salvation is not merited in any way by man; that God commands men everywhere to repent of sin and believe in Christ. Both justification and sanctification are the work of the Holy Spirit in those who trust in Jesus for their salvation.
5. Marriage is Solely Between Man and Woman
We believe that marriage and family are institutions ordained by the Lord God Himself from the beginning of human history and that these are sacred institutions. Marriage is between one man and one woman. Any other definition of marriage is contrary to the clear teachings of the Holy Bible and hence is against the expressed will of God. We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. Sexuality is an integral and beautiful part of creation and marriage. The Bible clearly teaches that any sexual act outside of marriage whether in thought, word, or deed is sin.
6. Mankind is made in God's Image, Male and Female
We believe that every person should be treated with compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Simultaneously, we affirm that God created mankind in His image, male and female, and that efforts to adopt a gender identity other than one's birth sex run contrary to His sacred design. Our distinctiveness as a Christian homeschool support group means we seek to provide an environment that is consistent with traditional beliefs of God, the Bible, sexuality, human identity and gender. We affirm the traditional use of masculine and feminine pronouns and do not employ pronouns contrary to a student's biological sex.
7. Every Person is Precious
We believe in the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to the time of death. All human life is precious in the sight of God. We believe that every person is created in the image of God, and as such must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity.