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Statement of Faith & Beliefs

About the Bible

We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God

and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore,

we believe the Bible is without error.


About God

We believe in one personal God who exists eternally in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and

Holy Spirit, equal in power, authority, and glory.

About Jesus

We believe Jesus Christ to be the virgin born Son of God who lived in flesh, died for the sins of

the world, was buried, rose again bodily, and ascended to the Father.

About the Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit who regenerates and indwells every believer in Jesus, assures us

of our salvation, guides us into all truth, glorifies Jesus and convicts of sin, righteousness and

judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and empowers us for service.

About Mankind

We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with him but

became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are

incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.

About Salvation

We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way for the

forgiveness of sin. God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and

resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation cannot be earned; it is a gift

from God.

About the Church

We believe in the universal church, the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The

members of the church are those who have trusted by faith in the finished work of Christ. The

purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving Him, obeying Him and bringing the gospel to

the world.

About Eternity

We believe in the personal, visible return of Christ to the earth and the establishing of His

Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, and the final judgment. We believe that our eternal

destination of either heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

As a ministry of Shepherd Gate Church, Shepherd Christian School is also guided by these

Statements of our Beliefs grounded in Scripture:

Statement on Marriage and Sexuality

Marriage is a holy covenant between a biological man and a biological woman instituted by God

that unites one man and one woman in a lifetime commitment to each other (Gen 2:23-24; Matt

19:4-6). Marriage provides for intimate companionship, pure sexual expression (Gen 2:25; Eph

5:31-33), procreation, and reflects the relationship of Christ and the church (Gen 1:28; Prov 5:15-19;

1 Cor 7:1-5). We hold that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in

outside of a marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that any sexual activity

outside of the marriage covenant is a perversion of God’s gift of sex.

Statement on the Sanctity of Human Life

We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in his image. Human life is of

inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or

mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death.

We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value all human life (Psalm 139:13-16).


Statement on Gender

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female (Psalm

139:14). God has designed each person in His image, purposefully with the biological gender with

which he or she was born. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image

and nature of God. We believe gender is defined by the normal chromosomes in the body that

make a person a male or female. Altering one’s appearance cosmetically or surgically cannot

change the underlying reality of a person’s biological make-up. We don’t believe someone’s

gender is defined by how they feel or identify with being male or female.

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