Bible Philosophy Statement

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God...and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John1-2a; 14a). The eternal Word, from before creation was fully revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and was given to man in the form of sacred writings, the Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16). Our teachers and students enjoy the privilege of studying this Word in our Bible classes.

The Bible department's primary goal is to assist parents in making their children "wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15). We do not presume that our students have received salvation, and thus we regularly provide the opportunity for students to examine themselves in the light of God's Word to see if they are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5; 1 Peter 1:10). Biblically speaking, salvation encompasses everything from escaping God's wrath (Ephesians 2:3-5), to experiencing God's presence to bless and sustain (Genesis 28:14-15), to seeing his face (Revelations 22:4). Other goals range from our youngest students learning basic memory verses, to our middle school students exploring the story of redemption by systematically reading through the Bible, to our seniors being equipped to defend the faith in the marketplace of ideas. We strive for our young people being committed to knowing, living and proclaiming God's truth amidst a sin-darkened world. 

Our curriculum trains students "to rightly handle the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). We believe that
historically the reformers have most clearly articulated sound doctrine.  For this reason, the theological roots of CLS are in keeping with Reformation theology. We train our students to interpret Scripture using scholarly methods championed by men like Luther and Calvin. We introduce different technical methods of Scripture study, such as the literary method, but we emphasize the need for a constant dependence on the Holy Spirit to illumine the Bible and enlighten the mind.

We seek and enjoy the active, immediate presence of God in our weekly chapels, and view this as an essential element in our Bible curriculum. Our Bible program is not an end in itself, but a means by which we introduce our students to God himself.

We want our students to be disciples who not only hear the Word of God but also love it (Psalm 119:97) and obey what it says (John 14:23), being conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). We seek to cultivate in students a high, biblical view of the church (Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16; Revelations 21:2), and a particular love for the local church in which God has placed them (1 Corinthians 12:18). Our studies are geared to equip students to "always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks [them] for a reason for the hope that is in [them]; yet do[ing] it with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15-16).

We believe God has mercifully guided us by his Spirit, and that our Bible curriculum is consistent with God's revealed will in Scripture. We recognize that only God can bear fruit in our student's lives, but also that he does this through our obedience to teach our children God's glorious promises, deeds and commands, so that they should also set their hope in God (Psalm 78:4-7). Therefore we pursue these goals with the confidence that as our students set their hope in God, he will not let them be tossed about by winds of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14) or shipwrecked by life's trials (1 Timothy 1:19; 1 Peter 4:12-13), but will become mature believers (Colossians 1:28), in love with the Savior, and live lives that are worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27).