Levels of Biblical Learning
High Schoolers are:
- Comfortable in articulating their beliefs and values to those around them
- Conscientiously aware and socially active regarding the cultural issues surrounding them
- Asking how their faith is consistent or contradictory with other beliefs
- Continuing to develop ideas pertaining to personal identity and self-image
- Learning to navigate social and cultural norms in relationships
- Exercising more independence and looking forward to life after high school
- Learning fiscal responsibility through work and stewardship
- Capable of exercising more leadership responsibilities within the church
There is one God who reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and each person of the Trinity has distinct personal attributes.
God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is eternal, and although He is not bound by time, He chooses to operate in it in order to relate to us.
Because God is holy, He is altogether separate from and far above people who are sinful and deserves our reverence and obedience.
God is worthy of our worship, and to devote our attention or affections to worldly things which are rightly owed to God is idolatry.
God is Creator, all creation is a result of His work, and people were created in His image and as His crowning achievement to live in relationship with Him and reflect His glory.
God communicates to us through His Word and hears and answers when we pray, and our spiritual maturity depends on these spiritual disciplines.
God is omnipresent (all places at all times), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipotent (all-powerful), and exercises sovereignty over all creation.
God is righteous, grieves the impact of sin on the world, and will one day make right all that sin has damaged.
Jesus is fully God and fully man, and despite being tempted while on earth, remained altogether free from sin.
Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, which means He didn’t inherit the sinful nature passed down from Adam and made Him fit to be our Savior.
Jesus lived for the glory of the Father and taught that we should do the same through lives of worship, service, and sacrifice.
Because Jesus is God, He had the power to perform miracles, and He did so to demonstrate His power over sin and to help people overcome their lack of faith.
Because no sin can enter God’s presence and because Jesus is holy, He is the only way people can connect with God.
From the beginning, God planned that Jesus would save people from their sins, and it was necessary that He would be crucified and raised.
Jesus sits at God's right hand and continually intercedes for us as our advocate, mediator, and high priest.
Jesus will one day return to exercise His reign over creation, and He will make all things new.
Each person who comes to faith in Christ receives the Holy Spirit and is endowed with a spiritual gift for the sake of serving the Church.
Jesus promised that God would send the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit has come to convict, teach, comfort, lead, strengthen, and seal us, as well as to produce fruit within and through us.
The Holy Spirit intercedes before the Father on our behalf when we don’t know how or what to pray.
The Holy Spirit inspired and guided people to write the Bible and used the personalities and voices of men to communicate the very words of God.
The Bible consists of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments and is the only inspired written Word of God.
The Bible is internally consistent, true, without error, totally trustworthy, and will last forever.
Through the Bible, we know God Himself, and we know how He expects us to live in order to follow Christ and experience His blessing.
The Bible is the story of God's work to redeem fallen creation through the saving work of Jesus, who will one day make all things new.
Before the beginning of time, God’s plan for salvation centered on Jesus’ death and resurrection, which made salvation possible.
Because of our rebellion against God, we have been cut off from our relationship with Him, and we deserve eternal death in hell, which is the punishment for sin.
No amount of good works can save a person, and Jesus’ paying the penalty for our sin is the only way to be reconciled to God.
God’s salvation is eternal, and once we are adopted into God’s family, nothing can separate us from Him.
We can be confident in our salvation when we live in obedience to God and in ways that reflect Jesus because it’s what we truly desire.
God is Creator, and all creation is a result of His work and exists to glorify Him.
Creation testifies as to the existence of God, and because His power and nature are understood through what He has made, people are without excuse for their disbelief and disobedience.
God’s creation functions in an orderly way and serves His purposes as He exercises sovereign rule over it all.
God has given people responsibility for overseeing His creation, and as we steward it for His purposes, we reflect God’s character and authority.
The Church is a fellowship of believers who are called to meet together regularly for the sake of studying Scripture, prayer, worship, serving, encouraging one another, and to testify to God’s goodness to the world.
The Church isn’t a place or a building, but is made up of the people who belong to the family of God, and whereas under the Old Covenant, God dwelled in the temple or the tabernacle, today God dwells in His people.
The Church is responsible for training and equipping its members for works of ministry, and Church members are called to give of their time, resources, and talents for the sake of serving those within the church and reaching those outside the Church.
The ordinances of the Church are the Lord’s Supper, which represents the body and blood of Jesus as the payment of our sin, and baptism, which represents our sharing in Jesus’ burial and resurrection.
Despite our rebellion, God loves all people, regardless of ethnicity or status, desires that we would all turn to Him for salvation, and proved His love by sending Jesus to bear the penalty for our sin on the cross.
All people are created in God’s image, are infinitely valuable, and our lives are a gift from God.
People are created as moral beings and are responsible for their choices and the consequences of their choices, including the ways we treat others.
Growth in Christ’s likeness is accomplished as we act intentionally to pursue Christ and as God works in our lives.
Because of Jesus, people can live with joy regardless of circumstances, as joy is rooted in eternity and not in earthly circumstances.
God has a plan for every person, and we can know His plans by understanding and applying the truth of Scripture.
God expects people to remain pure in all aspects of life—with our bodies, thoughts, attitudes, actions, and speech—and empowers us to live in obedience as we live by the Spirit.
We are called to love all people and to live in community with those within the church, and through Jesus we can experience forgiveness and unity with others.
Families are a part of God’s plan for filling the earth with His image-bearers and His glory, and are responsible for providing for the spiritual, physical, mental, social, and emotional needs of family members.
God’s plan for the family involves one man and one woman, who have different but complementary roles, committing to one another in a lifelong covenant relationship as a reflection of God’s love for His people.
God calls children to honor their parents throughout their lives and to submit to other authorities He has placed on the earth as an expression of their honoring Him.
When families experience brokenness, such as conflict, abuse, or divorce, God desires to bring healing and unity and to use the broader family of God to minister to hurting families during difficult times.
God continues to work in the world, and as we join Him in His work, He uses people to accomplish His eternal purposes.
God values all people—born and unborn, young and old, male and female, all ethnicities—and calls Christians to live on mission for the sake of reaching the lost with the gospel.
We are to be involved in reaching the nations, which includes those across the street and those around the world, through prayer, giving resources, loving actions, and sharing the gospel.