Statement of Faith

To preserve the function and integrity of Knox Classical School as a distinctively Christian community, every board member, every employee, every volunteer, and both parents from every family must agree with and abide by the following Statement of Faith.

Christian Orthodoxy
Reformed "Catholicity"
Contemporary Faithfulness
Christian Orthodoxy

Our school holds to the Apostles’ Creed (2nd Century), the Nicene Creed (A.D. 381), and the Definition of Chalcedon (A.D. 451) as necessary foundations for the Christian faith.  Since they were written, these confessions have served to distinguish Christians from non-Christians.  Our aim in adopting them is to stand in unity with our brothers in sisters in Christ across two millennia.

Apostles’ Creed (2nd Century)

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, died, and was buried.  He descended into hell.  On the third day he rose from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he shall come again to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen. 

Nicene Creed (A.D. 381)

We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages,  God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human.  He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered and was buried.  The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.  He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead.  His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life.  He proceeds from the Father and the Son, and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.  He spoke through the prophets. 

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.  We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look forward to the resurrection of the dead, and to life in the world to come.  Amen.

Definition of Chalcedon (A.D. 451)

Therefore, following the holy fathers, we all with one accord teach men to acknowledge one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at once complete in Godhead and complete in manhood, truly God and truly man, consisting also of a reasonable soul and body; of one substance with the Father as regards his Godhead, and at the same time of one substance with us as regards his manhood; like us in all respects, apart from sin; as regards his Godhead, begotten of the Father before the ages, but yet as regards his manhood begotten, for us men and for our salvation, of Mary the Virgin, the God-bearer; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, Only-begotten, recognized in two natures, without confusion, without change, without division, without separation; the distinction of natures being in no way annulled by the union, but rather the characteristics of each nature being preserved and coming together to form one person and subsistence, not as parted or separated into two persons, but one and the same Son and Only-begotten God the Word, Lord Jesus Christ; even as the prophets from earliest times spoke of him, and our Lord Jesus Christ himself taught us, and the creed of the fathers has handed down to us.

Reformed "Catholicity"

In addition to holding to the historic creeds and statements listed above, our school board and all faculty members believe—and are members in good standing of a church that believes and practices—one of the following statements of faith from our school’s “Book of Confessions.”  Parents and students in grades 7-12 must likewise agree with and be members in good standing of a church that believes and practices one of these confessions. 

These statements root our school in the Protestant tradition and allow our school to adopt a posture of Reformed “catholicity.”

Contemporary Faithfulness

Regarding marriage, gender, and sexuality.  We believe that God created us male and female in His image; that gender identity may not be detached from the biological sex of the human body; that marriage or matrimony is a covenantal union of one man and one woman, directed toward procreation; and that God intends for children to be raised and nurtured in an environment that honors these distinctions.

We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to only occur between a man and a woman who are married to each other. We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality, such as adultery, fornication, homosexual conduct, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, any use of pornography or any attempt to change one’s sex, or disagreement with one’s biological sex, is sinful and offensive to God.

Regarding life.  We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God (Gen. 1:26-27). Human life at all stages—including pre-born, disabled, and elderly—should be valued, respected, and protected (Psalm 139).

We also affirm: