Mission & Values
Christ Presbyterian Academy, an educational ministry of Christ Presbyterian Church, assists Christian families in helping students come to know God, evaluate all knowledge and all life by His truth, and live transformed by His truth for His glory.
Christ Presbyterian Academy believes that parents have primary responsibility for educating and nurturing their children. At the same time, we recognize the triangular "partnership" of home, church, and school, working together in the inculcation of a Biblical world and life view in the lives of its students.
The Academy does not seek to supplant home and church, but rather to complement these two institutions in the fulfillment of their God-ordained roles. Applying these principles means educating the whole child. This is accomplished by providing a setting that promotes growth in the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical spheres of the child's life. CPA seeks to bring the child to God through Christ and fosters subsequent growth in that relationship. At the same time, the Academy endeavors to give each child the tools for living a productive life in contemporary society.
From a pedagogical standpoint, discovery in the English classroom, the soccer field, the Chemistry lab, the stage, the gym, is all reflective of Christ. The message of Christ (the Gospel) is delivered in the method of Christ (the pedagogy) through the manner of Christ (compassion, kindness, and humility).
We embrace biblical and historical Christianity as expressed in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, as summarized by the Nicene and Apostles Creeds, and the Westminster Confession of Faith. Additionally, we affirm the five tenets of the Reformation, which are: scripture alone, by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and to God alone be the glory.
God is one (Mark 12:29), yet mysteriously exists in three Persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored (Matthew 28:19).
Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. He is the sole mediator able to restore the broken relationship, and the resulting alienation, between God and people (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
The Holy Spirit is God, the third Person of the Trinity. He is alive and active. He indwells followers of Christ, working in unison with the Word of God to guide them in all truth. He is the power that enables Christians to live as new creations in Christ and empowers believers for service. (John 16:7-14; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 6:17).
The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is without error in its original manuscripts and contains everything we need to know about having a right relationship with God and our fellow human beings. The Bible is the basis for all of our essential beliefs (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
People are created by God and in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). On this basis, all people must be treated with dignity, honor, love, and respect (James 3:9-10). At the same time, in their quest for independence and the centrality of self, all people begin their lives alienated from God, and in this condition are without hope and under judgment, a condition that can only be cured through God's loving, gracious, and saving intervention (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1). As the image of God, we are most alive when our trust, affections, and allegiances center on Him.
Restoration between God and people (also called "salvation") happens when the Holy Spirit gives people a new heart, leading and enabling them to trust in Jesus alone for salvation (John 1:12-13). Because God loves His creation, He will also restore the entire universe to a condition of beauty, rest, joy, perfection, and freedom (Romans 8:18-30). God's world, which began as a promising Garden (Genesis 1:27-31), will find its fulfillment in a perfected, life-giving City in which there will be no more death, mourning, crying, or pain (Revelation 21:1-8).
Good Works do not and cannot make us acceptable to God (Ephesians 2:8-9), but are the natural outcome of authentic faith in Jesus (James 2:17). We become more fully human, the very best and most healthy version of ourselves to the degree that we follow God's loving commands. His commands, properly understood, are neither limiting nor oppressive but life giving. Obedience to God's commands is an essential prerequisite for true human flourishing.
The Church is the family of God and consists of those who place their functional trust (faith) in Jesus. God wants all members of His worldwide Church, together with their children, to be active in a local church which meets regularly to worship God, serve each other, and be a life-giving presence in their local community and world (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 10:24-25).