What We Believe
At Olive Branch Christian School we believe that God’s Word is the source of all wisdom and the teaching of all subjects stems from the principles found in it. Psalm 1:3 says “And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither and in whatever he does he prospers.” We believe that whatever path the Lord leads your child to take in life, they will be successful and fruitful if they apply the principles of the Bible. Our goal for every child is from Luke 2:52, it is that they would grow in “wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Therefore, we focus our attention on the development of their academics, physical activity, character, spiritual life, and their relationships with others.
The Authority of Scripture
We believe that the Bible as contained in the Old and New Testaments is the inspired word of God and it is the only authoritative source for the knowledge of God, the origin of life, the identity and value of man, the meaning of existence, and the way of salvation. From its doctrines we derive our view of the world and base our standard of living. Through this worldview we gain our understanding of the world around us, ourselves, the history of mankind, and the purpose of all creation.
The Preeminence of God in All Things
We believe that God is the creator of all things, the sustainer of all things and the director of all things. Because of this, we believe that He has the right to rule all things and we have the obligation to seek from Him life, strength, and salvation. His will and glory should be first in everything we think, feel, say, and do. If He is not acknowledged to be first in all things then all things lose their meaning, purpose, and pleasure.
As creatures made in the image of God and stewards placed over His creation, we are to embrace the work God has given us rationally and purposefully. Work is part of the Creation ordinance and therefore, ought to be embraced as God-given despite the effects of the fall. We engage in work understanding that we reflect His creativeness and sovereignty through our stewardship. We are a means of God cultivating and keeping His creation. Therefore, all work (including work that is preparatory to work) should be engaged in with a pursuit for excellence as responsible stewards of God’s world.
Due to the Fall, mankind has been subject to the mastery of sin. Our sinful state has brought a separation between one another, and God. As a result, we are not as we ought to be and must contend with a disposition within us that seeks not for the glory of God in all things, but for our own selfish ends and that which is contrary to the law of God. Therefore, we must be conscious of our sinful state and the influence of our sinful hearts on all that we think, feel, say, and do. We emphasize the importance of confession, repentance, and dependence upon the Lord.
We believe that despite the effects of the Fall on our spiritual condition, our moral character, and the world in which we live, there is hope for restoration and renewal found not in education, science, psychology, or religion, but in Jesus Christ alone. Through trust in the incarnation, life, death, and resurrection of Christ men can know the mercy and grace of God. Through Christ men can be redeemed from the just wrath of God and freed from the mastery of sin. The only hope for change and restoration in the human condition is through the message of the gospel. Through our faith in Him, God gives to men new hearts that desire to bring glory to God in all things.