Teaching Statements from CCS Teachers and Staff
Ultimately, we believe it is our role to share the good news of grace and mercy that stems from the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Our goal is to develop discerning leaders by approaching the following issues from a biblical worldview formed by our statement of faith and teachings in Christ. We aim to equip our teachers to align their teaching with the position of these statements. We strive to understand the positions and perspectives of our families, and we believe that an individual’s choice is subject to God’s Word, not our words. Below we have highlighted our stance on some of the common social issues that tend to be controversial in today’s culture. We value and believe in our partnership with parents and welcome all families that desire a Christian education and can honor what we teach.
- We teach that God wants us to live a life that is pleasing and honoring to Him at all times (1 Peter 1:15,
John 13:34, Romans 12:1-2).
- We teach the importance that we as Christ-followers manifest—both in principle and by example—the highest Christian virtue and personal conduct, serving as Christian role models in wisdom, excellence, integrity, and honor (1 Timothy 4:12, Luke 6:40).
- We teach students to find their identity and purpose in Christ (Colossians 3:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:17).
- We teach that as much as it depends on us, God calls us to live at peace with everyone (Romans 12:18).
- We teach that when faced with conflict, God wants us to resolve it (Matthew 18:15-17, Ephesians 4:26,
2 Corinthians 5:18, Colossians 3:12-13).
- We teach students to treat everyone with love, respect, and dignity, and to recognize each individual as uniquely created in the image of God (Psalm 139:13-14, Isaiah 64:8).
- We teach that God wants us to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8).
- We teach that the world fails in its attempts to bring justice to society when it is void of the transforming power of Christ (Judges 17:6, Romans 3:23).
- We teach that God’s vision of justice requires not only fair and just treatment to all people, but a willingness to think beyond oneself and sacrificially do what is in the best interest of others while striving for their overall well-being (Isaiah 1:17, Philippians 2:1-11).
- We teach that one who values and respects others shows kindness and the love of God in any actions directed toward them (1 John 4:7).
- We teach that rather than deny our differences, Christians are called to recognize our unique gifts, as the purpose of our differences is to work in unity as the body of Christ (Proverbs 22:2, Matthew 5:9, 1 Corinthians 12:14-27).
*Diversity: A diverse community understands that it must treat each other with dignity and respect within CCS and beyond. It is a commitment to appreciate and value each individual, uniquely created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We recognize the value of our differences socially, physically, economically, culturally, individually, academically, and linguistically.
Race and Ethnicity
- We teach that God designed us to live as one human race, created in the image of God, through Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:27, Acts 17:26).
- We teach that the human race is represented by various ethnicities, each with its own respective culture and distinctiveness. Each ethnicity and every person, no matter the differences, has equal worth and value (Colossians 3:11, Revelation 7:9-10).
- We teach that Jesus died for people from every nation, tribe, language, and people group (Revelation 14:6).
- We teach age-appropriate lessons that are written from a biblical worldview. This, in turn, informs how we respond to and interact with current controversies, policies, or theories. We do not promote views that are political in nature, such as Critical Race Theory (CRT).
- We teach that there is one human race with many ethnicities and recognize our need to educate and understand cultural differences, so all people are known and valued at our schools.
- We teach that as much as it depends on us, we are to live at peace with all people and love our neighbors as ourselves (Romans 12:18, Mark 12:31, Galatians 3:28).
- We teach that God designed sexual intimacy to take place within, and only within, the bond of marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:21-24, Hebrews 13:4).
- We teach that God created man and woman for each other and that He ordained marriage and sex only in the context of a lifelong, heterosexual commitment (Genesis 1:27, 2:21-25).
- In conversations regarding gender, we hold to the belief that every human being has been made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Physical bodies matter to God. We will extend a Christlike response to those who experience unease with their own biological sex and at the same time help people understand the Bible’s teaching on maleness and femaleness as taught in Genesis 1-2.
Sanctity of Life
- We teach that God wants us to honor, respect, and preserve life (Psalm 139:1-18, Isaiah 44:2).
- We teach that life begins at conception. The psalmist speaks of God’s craftsmanship and His intimate knowledge of each individual, including the number of days He has determined for each of us (Psalm 139).