(1) God - There is only one God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Gal. 4:46)
(2) Man -God created man in His own image, without sin, and capable of perfect obedience. (Genesis 1:27)
(3) The Bible - God by His Holy Word reveals Himself to man, renews man’s understanding of God, himself, his fellowmen, and the world. He directs man in all his relationships and activities, and therefore guides His people also in the education of their children. The Bible is the only infallible, inspired, and authoritative Word of 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 the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (II Tim. 3:14-16; John 14:26)
(4) Creation - God created the universe and its parts perfectly out of nothing, by means of His sovereign verbal directive (Heb. 11:3). In their education, children must come to learn that the world and man’s calling in it can rightly be understood only in their relation to the Triune God who, by His creation, restoration, and governance, directs all things to the coming of His Kingdom and the glorification of His name.
(5) Sin - Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God brought sin into the world (Romans 5:12-19).Man thus alienated himself from God, his neighbor, and the world, causing all people to be sinners. Since man’s sin brought upon all of creation the curse of God, sin alienates all of creation from its Creator. It distorts man’s view of the true meaning and purpose of life, and misdirects human culture. Sin also corrupts the education of children.
(6) Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is the only Savior of sinners and the only way to the Father in that Christ died as a substitute for sinners and was raised from the dead so that man could be reconciled to God (II Cor. 5:21; Romans 5: 8-10). Through our Savior Jesus Christ, there is renewal of our educational enterprise because He is the Redeemer of, and the Light and the Way for, our human life in all its range and variety. Only through Him and the work of His Spirit are we guided in the truth and recommitted to our original calling.
(7) Salvation - Eternal life is a gift of God received personally through faith alone in Jesus Christ and that eternal life is neither deserved by anyone nor can it be earned by good deeds. (Romans 5:1-2)
(8) Schools - The purpose of the Christian school is to educate children for a life of obedience to their calling in this world as image-bearers of God. This calling is to know God’s Word and His creation, to consecrate the whole of human life to God, to love their fellowman, and to be stewards in their God-given cultural task.
(9) Parents - The primary responsibility for education rests upon parents to whom children are entrusted by God.
Christian parents should accept this obligation to bring up their children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord”[Eph. 6:4] in view of the covenant relationship which God established with believers and their children. Parents should seek to fulfill this obligation through Christian School Associations and school boards which engage the services of Christian teachers in Christian schools.
(10) Teachers - Christian teachers, both in obedience to God and in cooperation with parents, have a unique pedagogical responsibility while educating children in school. (II Corinthians 10:5)
(11) Students - Christian schools must take into account the variety of abilities, needs, and responsibilities of young persons. The endowments and calling of young people as God’s image-bearers, and their defects and inadequacies as sinners, require that learning goals and curricula will be selected as will best prepare them to live as obedient Christians. Only with constant attention to such pedagogical concerns will education be truly Christian. (Proverbs 22:6)
(12) Community - God’s covenant embraces not only parents and their children but also the whole Christian community to which they belong. Because Christian education contributes directly to the advancement of God’s Kingdom, it is the obligation of Christian parents and the entire Christian community to establish and maintain Christian school; and to pray for, work for, and give generously to their support.
(13) Educational Freedom - Christian schools, organized and administered in accordance with legitimate standards and provisions for day schools, should be fully recognized in society as free to function according to their principles.