Commitment to Christian Education
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
ODCS believes a well-rounded education can only be accomplished by teaching students that God encompasses every aspect of life. This biblical worldview helps them see the world as God sees the world and enables them to reclaim the world for Christ.
The educational process is seen as a tool used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into a right relationship with God, produce God’s wisdom in him, and equip him to fulfill God’s purpose for his life.
As the student participates in this process, he should begin to expand his understanding of his own abilities, skills, and character qualities. The student should see himself as an integral and important part of his family, school, church, and society. The establishing of life goals and careers should be an outgrowth of a strong spiritual and academic foundation.
This process should involve parents and teachers who demonstrate the power of Christ to transform lives.
By delegated parental authority, Open Door Christian School is a partner in training and educating children.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
Our foundational beliefs include but are not limited to:
The Bible is the infallible and inspired Word of God. God is its author and it is truth without any mixture of error.
Its intended purpose is to reveal God’s plan of redemption and salvation for mankind through His Son, Jesus Christ.
God is the Supreme Creator, Redeemer, and Ruler of the universe.
He is the eternal, triune God – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ, God’s Son and God the Son, fully God and fully man, was born of a virgin, lived a perfect, sinless life died on a cross for the sins of mankind, rose from the dead on the third day, and ascended to heaven where He lives and makes intercession for His bride, the Church. Salvation for every human being is found only in trusting the person of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. One day, Christ will return for all who belong to Him.
The Holy Spirit is the invisible presence of God who convicts of sin and calls people to Christ.
He lives in every true believer and gives power to live the victorious Christian life.
All knowledge must have a core of truth from which it is derived, analyzed, and expressed. Christ-centered begins with acknowledging that truth, the world, mankind, and our place in the world are created and ordered by God through Christ Jesus, His Son.
A Christ-centered education goes beyond providing a Christian environment. Every class and every discipline taught at the school provides a unique opportunity to explore knowledge within a biblical framework.
This approach gives students the freedom to explore a variety of philosophies and compare them to Christian beliefs, and allows academic inquiry to flourish.
By integrating biblical faith and academic learning, the school challenges students to permeate all areas of their lives with their faith in Christ. The goal of this integration is to develop the whole person - mind, body, and spirit.
Biblical truth informs every policy, pedagogy, and principle at our school. In a practical sense, this means we teach every subject as part of an integrated whole with the bible at the center, presenting a clear model that points the student to the biblical Christian life.