PBCA Christian Philosophy and Parental Agreement
We exist to form a partnership with parents to provide a strong spiritual foundation for their children in a loving, nurturing, Christ-centered environment of discovery and learning.
Palm Beach Christian Academy (PBCA) is a ministry of the First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. We share a common philosophy based upon an understanding of the needs of children. As children pass through stages of development, which occur in a predictable sequence, we believe it is our responsibility to recognize these stages and to plan experiences that will nurture and facilitate maximum growth. These experiences are designed to meet the needs of the total child, thoroughly promoting intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.
Statement of Faith
We believe in the unity and equality of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7-8).
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith, not of works (good deeds, baptism, giving money, etc.) (Galatians 2:16).
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return (John 3:16).
We believe that the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, was inspired by God, is inerrant and is our only rule in matters of faith and practice. (II Timothy 3:16)
To teach that the Bible is the inspired and the only inerrant and infallible authoritative Word of God, thus developing attitudes of love and respect toward it (II Timothy 3:15-17, II Peter 1:20-21).
To encourage the student to develop self-discipline and responsibility from God’s perspective (I Timothy 4:7, I Corinthians 9:24-27).
To teach the student to treat everyone with love and respect as unique individuals created in God’s image (Philippians 2:1-4, Ephesians 5:21).
To teach the student how to become a contributing member of his society by realizing his need to serve others (Galatians 5:13, Romans 2:10).
To teach the student to understand and use fundamental processes in communicating and dealing with others (such as reading, writing, speaking, listening, and mathematics) (II Corinthians 5:20).
To teach and encourage the student to use good study skills and habits (II Timothy 2:3-7).
To teach the students creative and critical thinking based upon the proper use of biblical criteria for evaluation (II Timothy 3:14-17).
To teach the student biblical skills for personal and social relationships (Psalm 119:9, Ephesians 4:12).
To teach each student to develop a personal relationship with God (Philippians 3:10, 4:7).
To teach the student an understanding of and an appreciation for God’s world, developing an awareness of man’s role in his environment and his God given responsibility to subdue, use and preserve it properly (Psalm 8:6, Hebrew 2:6-8).
Sanctity of Human Life
Palm Beach Christian Academy believes in the sanctity of human life. PBCA believes that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect, and value human life.
Statement of Final Authority
We believe that the Bible is the absolute Truth and God’s final authority. We believe both the Old and New Testament is the inerrant, verbally inspired, and infallible Word of God.
Gender, Marriage, and Sexuality
Palm Beach Christian Academy believes that God created human beings in his image in two sexual kinds- male and female (Gen. 1:26-27). Gender is a part of God’s good creation, a revealed biological reality, identifiable at birth, and evident in the course of everyday life in expressions of masculinity and femininity.
God designed men and women to unite in marriage, which is complementary (involving one of each sexual gender), comprehensive (involving all of life, including physical sexual union), exclusive (monogamous and faithful), permanent (until separated by death), and generative union (designed for the oriented toward the bearing and rearing of children) (Gen. 2:18-25). Through this union, a husband and wife picture for humanity the relationship between Christ and his church (Eph. 5:22-23).
A Part of God’s benevolent design, marriage is basic to human flourishing and arises in cultures across history from realities that are discernable in creation (Ro. 1:18-27): the anthropological reality that men and women are different and complementary; the biological reality that they unite to create new life; the sociological reality that children deserve to be with the mother and father that created them. Only men and women can unite in marriage since only a man and a woman can unite in a way that honors the nature of human sexuality.
Sexual intimacy is the exclusive privilege and responsibility of a husband and wife (I Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:14). Because of Adam’s sin, every human being is born sexually perverted, creatively and destructively seeking sexual fulfillment in ways that ignore he Creator, reject his design, an distort his intent. Any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18-20; I Cor. 6:9-10).
While all people are sexual sinners, God offers redemption to all who confess and repent of their sin, seeking His mercy for forgiveness through Jesus Christ. By means of
God’s Spirit, his Word, in the context of the church, real transformation is possible for sexual sinners of every kind, even if final glorification awaits us in the new creation.
All persons- regardless of what they may believe or practice- are worthy of kindness, dignity, and respect because they are made in the image of God. Love for God and people require that Christians speak about these things and that they do so in a manner consistent with the compassion and conviction of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Code of Christian Conduct
Palm Beach Christian Academy has the right to discipline or ask a student to withdraw for any reason, but failure to comply with the following standards of conduct will subject the student to potential disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion or dismissal.
Students at Palm Beach Christian Academy are expected to adhere to the Code of Christian Conduct, which includes but is not limited to:
dressing in conformance with one’s biological sex as identified at birth
using the restrooms, locker rooms, and changing facilities conforming with one’s biological sex as identified at birth
abstaining from all intimate sexual conduct outside the marital union of one man and one woman
refraining from stealing or cheating
abstaining from verbally or physically harming another person
Parent/ Guardian Agreement