Statement of Faith & Philosophy of Ministry
This is the Statement of Faith held by Calvary Chapel Ontario and Calvary Homeschool Network. Since our CHN philosophy is cooperative in nature — meaning everyone will have a role in teaching or leading — it will create a unified environment to know that we agree on these simple tenets of the Christian faith, and live and act upon them in our daily lives. Agreement to this Statement of Faith is a requirement for membership.
Point Number One —The Bible
We believe the Bible is the inspired and only infallible and authoritative written Word of God. As such we do not consider any other book or literature outside of the Bible to be inspired or authoritative. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1: 21)
Point Number Two—The Godhead
We believe there is one God, Who has always existed as God, revealed in three Persons throughout Scripture: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Distinguishable but one and indivisible. (Matthew 28: 19; 1 Peter 1:2)
Point Number Three—The Nature and Work of Christ
We believe in the full deity and full humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ; in His virgin birth and sinless life; in His complete and finished work on the cross and His bodily resurrection from the dead. (Luke 1:26-35; Hebrews 2:14-15, 9:12, 10:11-12; John 1:12)
Point Number Four—Salvation by Faith — The Promise of the Indwelling Spirit
We believe the only way we can be forgiven is to turn from our sins and put our faith in the death of Jesus Christ as payment for our own penalty, and to receive Him as Savior and Lord. I believe that anyone who does this becomes a new creation, receiving God's indwelling Holy Spirit by which he/she is born again and made a child of God. (Acts 3:19; John 3:3-9; 20:22; Acts 4:12; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:8-9; John 1:12; 1 Corinthians 3:16)
Point Number Five — Water Baptism
We believe in water baptism by immersion—not for salvation but because of salvation—to fulfill the command of Christ. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:34-36)
Point Number Six—Marriage
We believe marriage was created by God for the good of mankind, the propagation of the human race, and the expression of His image on earth. Furthermore, we believe that the union of a man and a woman in marriage depicts the spiritual relationship between Christ and His Bride—the Church. Marriage is a union into which one man and one woman may enter for the glory of God and is only broken, according to the scriptural ideal, by death. This understanding of marriage is revealed in Holy Scripture as God's intention for marriage, the truth of which is clearly affirmed by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospels. As such, this biblical definition of marriage may not be amended, reinterpreted or redefined by society or the governments of men. (Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 2:18-25, Matthew 19:4-6, Matthew 19:8-12, Mark 10:4-9, Romans 7:2)
Below is our Philosophy of Ministry. Please read through these points and make sure you are in agreement.
We are a ministry of Calvary Chapel Ontario and as such are overseen by the Pastor and Elders of CCO.
The administrative and visionary aspects of the CHN are carried out by a ministry team of homeschooling families active in our group.
We are not a school. Our network is designed to enhance rather than replace a family's home education program.
We do not distinguish between differing philosophies of education, curriculum, support mechanisms, or community involvement held by individual families.
We function as a cooperative effort. As such, each member family should be motivated by love to serve the CHN and the other member families. This is crucial to the success of this ministry.