Statement of Faith

The following are the foundational beliefs on which Bradford Academy is based. They are also the key elements of Protestant Christianity that will be unapologetically taught in various ways through all grade levels.

  • We believe the Bible to be the only inspired and inerrant Word of God. It is the only ultimate and infallible authority for faith and practice. 1
  • We believe that there is one true and living God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 2. He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. The Lord God is creator and sustainer of everything that has been made and absolutely sovereign over all things. God is holy, righteous, just, good, loving, and full of compassion. 3
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. 4
  • We believe in the full deity of the Holy Spirit, acknowledging Him together with the Father and Son in the works of creation and redemption. We believe that, for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary. 5
  • We believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone. This saving faith is in Christ alone. 6
  • We believe that faith without works is dead. Repentance, obedience to God’s commandments, love, and good works are evidences of saving faith 7. Christians ought to unite themselves to a visible expression of the church, the body of Christ, and preach the gospel to all nations. 8
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. 9
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved to the resurrection of life, and they that are lost to the resurrection of everlasting damnation. 10
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ 11.
  • We believe that the Bible, as the Word of God, is relevant and speaks to contemporary issues 12.  It is the final authority on issues related to government 13, poverty 14, race 15, abortion 16, sexual ethics 17, marriage (limited to one man and one woman)18, creation science 19, the environment 20, education 21, family 22, gender identity 23, and any other issue that confronts the conscience of any person.  The Bible alone can and must instruct and bind the conscience. 24

Footnotes

  1. 2 Tim 3:15-17; Luke 24:27; 2 Pet 1:19-21; 1 Thess. 2:13; Rev 22:18-19; Heb 1:1
  2. Deut 6:4; Ps 90:2; 1 Tim 1:17; 1 John 5:7; Mat 28:19
  3. Gen 1:1; Rev 4:11; Ps 93; Ex 34:6-7.
  4. John 1:1;Luke 1:27, 31;Heb 4:15;Heb 2:4;Rom 3:25;Luke 24:6;Acts 2:23;Mark 16:19;Acts 1:11
  5. 1 John 5:7;Mat 3:16;Gen 1:2;Job 33:4;John 3:3;Eph 2:4-5
  6. Gal 2:16;Eph 2:8;Rom 5:1;Rom 5:8-10, 19;John 11:25
  7. Jam 2:8, Heb 13:21;Mat 5:16;Luke 13:3;1 John 2:3, 3:11;Mat 5:43-44
  8. Heb 10:24, 25;Rom 12:4,5;Mat 28:19
  9. Rom 8:2, 9-11, 26-27;1 Cor 12 4-11;Gal 5:16-26;Philippians 2:12-13
  10. 1 Cor 15:12-28;2 Cor 5:1-5;Philippians 3:20-21;John 5:28-29;Mat 25:31-41
  11. John 17:20 – 23;Eph 4:1-6;Philippians 2:1-14;1 Cor 12:12-26
  12. 2 Timothy 3:15-16
  13. Romans 13:1-7, Matthew 22:21
  14. Deuteronomy 15:7-8, Jeremiah 22:3, Micah 6:8, I John 3:17, James 1:27 & 2:15-16, 1 Corinthians 10:24
  15. Acts 10:34-35, Acts 17:26, Gal. 3:28, Col. 3:11, James 2:9, 1 John 2:11
  16. Jer. 1:5, Gal. 1:15, Ps. 139:13 & 16, Is. 44:2, Ps. 127:3, Jer. 7:6, Ex. 20:13
  17. Romans 13:13, I Cor.6:9-10, 1 Tim.1:9-10
  18. 1 Cor. 7:1-16, Gen. 2:23-25, Eph. 5:22-33, Heb. 13:4-7, Mark 10:6-9
  19. Gen.1 & 2, Psalms 19 & 111, Mark 10:6
  20. Gen. 1:26-28, 2:8-20, Jer. 2:7, 1 Cor. 4:2, Luke 12:6, Rom. 1:25-28, Mat. 6:26
  21. Deut. 6:4-9, Eph. 6:1-4, Rom. 12:1-2, Prov. 1:7, Luke 10:27, Matt. 10:24-25
  22. Matthew 19:4-6, Col. 3:18-19, Gen. 1:28, Eph. 6:1-4
  23. Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:6
  24. Acts 5:29, 24:16, I Tim. 3:9, 1 Timothy 4:7,  Col. 2:8