Imparting the heart and mind of Christ to the heart and mind of every child
Statement of Faith
by The Board
This statement of faith contains the foundational and non-negotiable biblical doctrines that guide the ministry of the Riverwood Classical School (RCS). These primary doctrines define the perspective from which all classes are taught, relationships are conducted, and discipline is administered. These vitals of Christian religion are the most predominant tools that are used in the hiring of faculty and administration. Issues not discussed in this statement of faith will not be emphasized within the educational bounds of the school. Many such issues are important, and they may arise upon occasion within the curriculum or classroom, but RCS recognizes that Christians are at liberty to reach different conclusions regarding them. The school’s recognition that Christians disagree on these topics, however, should not be interpreted to mean that the school believes that there are no right answers to questions regarding these issues. Issues not settled by this statement of faith will ultimately be resolved by reference to historic, orthodox Christianity. An excellent distillation of these views can be found in Westminster Confession of Faith.
- Sovereignty of God: God sovereignly controls all that occurs in His creation and in His church. His perfect plans and purposes always prevail; nothing can pervert, thwart, or prevent them. God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
- Inerrancy of Scripture: God’s written Word, the Bible, is free from error in its original autographs, and is completely trustworthy. We believe the Bible is the infallible word of God in its entirety, and His Truth and is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
- God’s Creation of the World and Man: The Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, alone has existed from eternity past and in His wisdom chose to create the universe from nothing. God spoke and it came into existence. Humanity did not evolve from lower life but was created by God. Man, male and female, was created with dignity in that he was made in God’s image and was created in humility in that his purpose was, and still is, to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.
- Fall of Mankind: All mankind participated in Adam’s fall from his original sinless state and are thus lost in sin and totally depraved. Man cannot regain sinlessness through any effort, action, or appeal to personal piety.
- God’s Way of Dealing with Man: God has bound Himself to man by way of a covenant. Initially, God committed Himself to give life to Adam upon the condition of his perfect obedience. When Adam sinned, God made a new covenant. In this covenant, He bound Himself to save a people for Himself. He also committed to keep the terms of the covenant on behalf of man by the work of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the confidence and hope of believers are in God’s covenantal faithfulness rather than in their own performance.
- Jesus, Savior of Sinners: Jesus Christ is the unique Son of God and the only Savior of the world. Fully God and fully man, He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life. We believe in His miracles and in His teachings. He alone secured our salvation by His substitutionary atonement on the cross and by His righteous life imputed to us. Jesus rose bodily from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will come again in power and glory.
- Justification by Faith Alone: Sinners are justified by faith alone. They do not deserve salvation, and they cannot earn it. Justification is granted by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
- Empowering Holy Spirit: Every true believer in Jesus Christ is indwelt and empowered by the Holy Spirit, who enables believers to live a godly life and to perform good works. Truly good works can only flow from saving faith.
- Body of Christ: All believers are spiritually united in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Head of the church. Every believer is a member of the body of Christ. The universal church is the means by which God has elected to proclaim His kingdom to the world. Apart from this Body, there is no hope for salvation.
- Final Judgment and Resurrection: At the second coming of Christ, the saved and the lost will be bodily resurrected and judged. The saved will be resurrected to eternal life, and the lost will be resurrected to eternal condemnation.