Statement of Faith
Posted September 2, 2021
Concordia Lutheran High School Statement of Faith
The purpose for the establishment and maintenance of Concordia Lutheran High School (CLHS) is to provide a complete program of Christ-centered education to our students. The Christ-centered education provided by CLHS is based upon the sincerely held religious beliefs of the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) and the mission of the high school to pursue Christ-centered educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ.
...in the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
...that God the Father has created the universe and everything in it.
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
...that Jesus Christ is both true God and true man; that He suffered and died for us on the Cross; He rose from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will return at the last day to judge both the living and the dead.
"We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:14
...that the Holy Spirit calls us to faith and leads us to a sanctified life here and on earth.
"Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call." Acts 2:38-39
...that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God in all its parts.
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
...that our salvation is assured when we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior through faith and receive His death on the cross as the atonement for our sins.
"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:8-12
...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)
… that the Gospel makes no distinction based upon a person's race (Gal. 3:28). As Christians, we believe that all of sinful humanity has been joined together in Christ's incarnation (John 1:14, 29; John 12:32) and that the members of His Church are one body (Romans 12:4-5).
… that the separation of people into nations, languages and groups is a result of the fall into sin (Gen. 11), and is one of the aspects of a broken creation God restored through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We eagerly await His coming when all will be one in Him (Rev. 7:9) as pleases Him, as He created us to be.
… that God’s love for this world (John 3:16) breaks down dividing walls between people (Eph. 2:13–16). As God’s children, Christians love their neighbor as God loves them (Luke 10:25–37).
...that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
...that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture.
...that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27) Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
...that the term "marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Genesis 2:18-25)
...that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4)
...that any form of sexual immorality is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.)
...that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Concordia Lutheran High School, and to provide a biblical role model to the Concordia Lutheran High School family and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Concordia Lutheran High School in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by, these statements on sexuality. (Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:22)
...that Scripture is the final authority for matters of belief and conduct.
This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Concordia Lutheran High School's faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, the Concordia Educational Association School Board and its Delegate Assembly are Concordia Lutheran High School's final authority on the Bible's meaning and application.