The primary objective and purpose of Ocala Christian Academy is to train the student in the knowledge of God, His Word, and daily Christian living and to give the student an excellent education. The faculty of Ocala Christian Academy realizes the solemn responsibility before God in molding the life and character of the students in order to give each of them a good foundation for the future. The educational program and the methods of instruction are based on a biblical viewpoint for the general background, truth, principles, and interpretation of the facts encountered in the study of any subject. The Bible affects every facet of human life for the Christian. The administration, faculty, and staff of Ocala Christian Academy will be faithful members and attenders of Central Baptist Church as examples of faithful Christians.
We believe that the concepts of a Christian educational philosophy are these:
1. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things, and He is the Source of all truth. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3; Hebrews 6:18)
2. God maintains control over His entire universe. (Psalm 139; Isaiah 40:10-26)
3 .Because of sin, man tends to omit God and thus fails to relate himself and his knowledge to God, the source of all wisdom. (Romans 3:23; 5:20; I Corinthians 2:10-16)
4. Regeneration is by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (Titus 3:5) This work of God is by His grace through faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9) By grace, we mean the unmerited favor God gives a man through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection to save his soul. Even the Christian life is by God’s grace through faith. True meanings and values can be ascertained only in the light of His person, purpose, and work. (John 15:5)
5. God has revealed Himself in a general way in His world and universe, and in a specific way in the Bible. (Psalm 19:1; Luke 24:44-47; John 5:39)
6. The home, the church, and the school should complement each other, promoting the student’s spiritual, academic, social, and physical growth. The school does not take the place of the home or the local church. (Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 6:1-4)
7. Due to the position held by the classroom teacher, he is to be given the same respect, obedience, and cooperation as the parent should be given. (Matthew 23:2-3; Hebrews 13:7)
8. God has given differing abilities to each student. It is the teacher’s responsibility to challenge each child according to his ability and to seek to teach him at his academic level. (Colossians 3:17, 23)
9. The Christian is not to be conformed to the world, but must recognize his responsibility and his role in life in our society. (Romans 12:1-2; I John 2:15-17; Romans 13:1-7)
10. The student’s home, church and school experience, and training should be a preparation for life: a life of fellowship with God and service to man. The student must, therefore, 10be taught to always respect his parents, to be faithful to all the services of the local church, and to serve men for Christ’s sake. (Colossians 3:20; Hebrews 10:24, 25, 31; II Corinthians 4:5)
11. The prayer of a righteous person has a powerful effect. (Isaiah 32:17; James 5:16)
12. The Bible is the inerrant, inspired, and preserved Word of God. We believe in the plenary and verbal inspiration of the Scriptures. (Psalm 12:6-7; II Timothy 3:16-17) God gave the words of Scripture by inspiration without error in the original autographs. God promised He would preserve His Word; Jesus said, “but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35) We believe God, who cannot lie, has kept His promise by preserving His infallible Word in the traditional Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. We also believe that the Authorized Version (KJV) is the best translation of the preserved Word of God in the English language. We hold it with confidence believing that it accurately shows forth the inspired and infallible words of Hebrew and Greek. We do not believe in double inspiration, nor do we believe that the Greek Received Text should be corrected from an English version.
Statement Of Faith:
1. the Bible is the inerrant, inspired Word of God, preserved through the Masoretic text of the Old Testament and the Textus Receptus of the New Testament (Psalm 12:6-7; II Tim. 3:16).
2. there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, John 10:30, John 4:24).
3. in the Deity of Christ (John 10:33), His Virgin Birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:35), His death, burial, and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), His Ascension (Acts 1:11), and His personal return to establish His Kingdom on earth (Revelation 19:11-16).
4. that all men are by nature sinful and lost; and that for salvation, Holy Spirit regeneration is absolutely essential (Romans 3:19).
5. that Satan is a person, and that Hell is a place of eternal conscious punishment of all unsaved (Job 1:6-7, Matthew 25:46, Revelation 20:14-15).
6. that the Holy Spirit convicts of sin, makes believers children of God through the new birth, assuring them of Heaven; and by His indwelling power enables Christians to live a Godly life (John 16:8, I Corinthians 12:13). We are NOT a part of the modern Charismatic Movement.
7. that men are justified on the single ground of the shed blood of Jesus Christ through repentance and faith (Acts 20:21).
8. in the eternal security of the believer (John 10:28-29).
9. that a New Testament Church is an organized body of baptized believers practicing scriptural ordinances and actively engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission (Acts 2:41-42 & 47, Matthew 28:19-20).
10. that baptism is a Scriptural ordinance requiring immersion (Acts 8:38-39) of only believers (Acts 2:41) to be administered by a New Testament Church (Romans 6:3-5, Matthew 3:15-16).
11. that the Lord’s Supper is a Scriptural ordinance of the Church to be partaken of by obedient Christians of like Faith.(I Corinthians 11:23-29).
12. that the term ‘marriage’ has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25). We believe God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Corinthians 6:18, 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4). We believe that God’s command is that there be no sexual intimacy outside of or apart from marriage between a man and a woman.
13. that God wonderfully foreordained and immutably created each person as either male or female in conformity with their biological sex. These two distinct yet complimentary genders reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27).