Beliefs

STATEMENT OF FAITH

  • We believe in one God eternally existing in three persons, of one substance, power and authority, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The whole universe was created by God from nothing for His own pleasure. He is rightfully sovereign and rules over all creation. He is entirely good and gracious, all-powerful, all knowing and all loving. Matthew 28:19; II Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:31; John 1:3.
  • We believe that man was originally created in the image of God to enjoy fellowship with God and to have responsibility for the earth. God created male and female and He established marriage as a holy union between a man and a woman for the purposes of love, companionship, blessing, procreation and family.  As such, it is a reflection and expression of His life-giving, self-giving and moral nature.  Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 2:18, 21-25; Mark 10:6-9, Psalm 139:13-16.
  • We believe that humanity was alienated from God by Adam’s sin and it is now man’s nature to be disobedient to God. However, man still bears God’s image and thus has dignity and worth. Nevertheless, man’s sin causes him to be separated from a life-giving relationship with God and utterly lost. Genesis 2:15-17; Romans 3:11; Romans 5:12; Genesis 3.
  • We believe that Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and that He is both undiminished deity and genuine humanity in one person forever. John 1:1; Matthew 1:20-21; Philippians 2:7.
  • We believe that entrance into a state of fellowship with God is secured entirely by God’s grace through a person’s belief that Jesus Christ bore our sins in His sacrificial death, was bodily resurrected from the dead and was glorified as Lord and Ruler of all creation. This faith and the outworking of it are evidence of God’s salvation unto eternal life. John 1:12; I Timothy 2:6; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-10.
  • We believe Jesus Christ is the head of “one holy catholic* and apostolic Church”, the universal body of Christians. His authority is typically and practically expressed through local churches and through families.  Parents are responsible to raise their children in the “discipline and instruction of the Lord”.  1 Peter 2:4-6; Ephesians 4:11-16; Ephesians 5:21-6:4; Deuteronomy 6:4-7.
  • We believe the Holy Spirit witnesses to Jesus Christ, convicts men of sin, regenerates them from spiritual death to spiritual life and is responsible for continuing the work of Christ in believers. Christians are thus enabled by His indwelling presence to enjoy God and to grow in Christ-likeness. The chief means and fruit of growth are: intimacy with God through the study and observance of His Word, prayer, worship and the sacraments, active love of fellow Christians and being salt and light to the world. John 16:13-14; John 16:8; Titus 3:5-6; II Peter 1:5-8; John 17:17; Colossians 3:14-17; Matthew 5:13-16.
  • We believe the 66 books of Holy Scripture as originally given are the complete Word of God, without error, divinely inspired, recorded by men and are the supreme and final authority in faith and life. II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:21; Hebrews 4:12-13.

*the word “catholic” as used in the Nicene Creed (from which this phrase is taken) means “universal”

CHRISTIAN & classical

The educational program offered at Geneva School of Boerne is founded on the principles and values set forth in scripture. We believe parents are responsible for and should be active in the education of their children. A Christian and classical school offers a unique and rigorous educational option for the families in our community.

Christian means that we learn from a biblical worldview, which means that the students know what God says in the Bible and then they learn to evaluate what they read or hear according to His standard, with humility and grace. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that we learn from a Christ-centered worldview. We are not trying to keep up with current cultural standards. Instead, we stay committed to God’s standard.

Classical means three things:

  • Our students study the great works of the Western world.
  • Our students are taught to look for the good, the true and the beautiful in life.
  • Our students are taught in a way that is time-proven and successful.

“Classical and Christian education in a nutshell is this – the trivium provides the tools of learning, the great works of the Western world its basic content, and the Christian worldview and biblical revelation the framework of evaluation.” – Gregg Strawbridge

Students are taught in an environment that acknowledges the centrality of God in all areas of life. The Biblical worldview maintains God created the world in an orderly and purposeful way. Therefore, all academic subjects are of interest and value in light of their relationship to Him. Classical content is centered on the great works of the Western world, which form our intellectual heritage and have been appreciated from generation to generation for their enduring value. A classical education is aimed at the apprehension of what is true, good and beautiful in the world.

What is that way? That way is called the trivium, which comprises three stages:

  1. The Grammar stage, grades K – 5: Students love facts and are good at memorizing, so we teach them through repetition, rhyme, jingles, songs, etc.
  2. The Logic stage, grades 6 – 8: During this time, students are taught to think and reason, logically. In order to facilitate this, they are taught formal logic.
  3. The Rhetoric stage, grades 9-12: Students learn how to communicate effectively, using all the facts they have learned in an articulate, winsome and humble manner.

“Classical education offers an intellectual framework that is disciplined and liberating, open to the past and to new knowledge.” – G.E. Veith