STATEMENT OF FAITH: Fairhill Christian School is a ministry of the Fairhill Community Church of God and the Church of God of Anderson, Indiana. Fairhill Christian School has a diverse student body and faculty. Our students and faculty hold diverse doctrinal beliefs. The individual doctrinal beliefs of our staff or faculty are not specifically addressed within this statement of faith. Doctrinal differences are best left to the home and the family church for discussion.
We believe in one living and true God, eternal and of infinite power, wisdom, goodness and righteousness. He is a loving and faithful God who is the Creator and preserver of all things (Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 10:10; 1 Timothy 1:17). In the unity of this Godhead there are three persons of one substance with identical qualities and attributes: the Father (God), the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit (John 1:1, 2; 4:24; 5:18; 10:30).
We believe in the divine nature of Jesus Christ. God's only son, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin, Mary, Christ was both fully man and fully God. He walked our earth, suffered at the hands of men, was crucified, died and buried as a sacrifice for the sins of all men and women everywhere. The purpose was to restore our relationship to God which is broken by sin (disobedience) (John 3:16: Romans 5:10; Ephesians 5:2). Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven in full victory over Satan and sin. He now intercedes for the body of believers to God the Father (Matthew 28:5-9; Luke 24:4-7).
The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily. (2 Corinthians 3:17; John 16:7-13, 14:16,17; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 5:18)
We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments combined constitute the Christian scriptures; no books may be added or deleted. The Bible is God's Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without any mixture of error. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21; 2 Timothy 1:13; Psalm 119:105, 160, 12:6; Proverbs 30:5)
People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God's creation. Although every person has tremendous potential for good, all of us are marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin". This attitude separates people from God and causes many problems in life. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Isaiah 53:6a; Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:1, 2)
We believe that Jesus Christ, the living Son of God, was given by God as a sacrifice for the sins of all men. Christ died on the cross to mend the broken relationship which was caused by man's sin of disobedience. This severed relationship between God and man may be restored into perfect harmony through belief in Jesus Christ by faith, and not on the basis of our works (Galatians 5:4, 5; Ephesians 2:8. 9). This belief and faith in Jesus Christ, recognizing Him as Lord and Savior gives men and women the free gift of eternal life (John 1:29, 3:6; I Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 5:2; Peter 1:19). After receiving salvation by faith through belief in Jesus Christ, the "born-again" (John 3:3) believer may live free from the judgment of God, by living a life according to the teaching of the scriptures and trusting the Holy Spirit for the power to live a holy life according to God's Word.
We believe that after we have experienced regeneration it is possible to fall into sin, for in this life there is no such height or strength of holiness from which it is impossible to fall. But, by the grace of God, one who has fallen into sin may, by confession and true repentance, find forgiveness and restored fellowship with God (Matthew 18:21,22; 1 John 1:9; 2:1, 24-25).
We believe that even though men and women cannot receive salvation by good works, their good works are still pleasing to God and show evidence to a true faith in God, and Jesus as Lord of the believer's life (Matthew 5:16;7:16-20: Romans 3:20; Galatians 2:16; James 2:18, 22).
We believe that God’s gracious work of salvation includes the promise that, by the infilling of the Holy Spirit we can be cleansed from all filthiness of the flesh (in action) and spirit (in attitude) perfecting holiness in the fear of God. By abiding in Christ we enjoy victory over eternal sin. This moment by moment walk with God will bear the fruit of holiness in our lives and will enable us to live a credible witness before the world. (Deuteronomy 30:6; Luke 1:74-75; Acts 15:8-9; 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 4:13, 24; 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 7; James 4:8)
We believe that the Holy Spirit has given spiritual gifts to all believers for the purpose of building up the body of Christ and bringing glory to God. The gifts are to be exercised in love and emphasize the need for unity (1 Corinthians 12:4, 11, 18. 21-25; Ephesians 4:11-16).