Purpose, Statement of Faith & Lifestyle Commitments

TLC (Truth, Love & Character) Documents

Purpose

  1. The overarching purpose of TLC is to glorify God on the high school campus and in the sur­rounding community, and we seek to do so in practical and relevant ways.
  2. We seek to encourage and persuade both members of Eleanor Roosevelt High School (ERHS) community and those in the surrounding com­munity to believe in Jesus Christ and develop a personal relationship with Him. 
  3. We seek to encourage individuals who have already believed in Jesus Christ to develop a stronger and deeper faith in Him and to integrate this faith into their daily lives.
  4. We encourage our members to develop the spiritual disciplines of Bible study, prayer, worship, outreach, and voluntary discipleship, and we challenge them to develop Biblical convictions for life while pursuing a spirit of excellence and excitement in all they do. 
  5. We seek to display the relevancy and benefit of Biblical principles to all people and to challenge Christians to think Biblically in all areas of life.
  6. We understand and are committed to fulfilling our responsibilities to the ERHS community by abiding by established policies that do not restrict our religious freedoms.

Statement of Faith

1. The Scripture

The sole basis of our beliefs is the Bible, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.  It was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and was written without error in the original manuscripts.  It is the supreme and final authority in faith and life in every age.

2 Timothy 3:16;  2 Peter 1:20-21;  2 Timothy 1:13;  Psalms 119:105, 160, 12:6;  Proverbs 30

2. God

There is but one God, infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness and love, the Creator of the universe, eternally existing in three persons... Father, Son and Holy Spirit... each of whom possesses all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.

Genesis 1:1, 26, 27, 3:22;  Psalm 90:2;  Matthew 28:19;  1 Peter 1:2;  2 Corinthians 13:14

3. Man

God created man in His own image, and man, as he was originally created, was innocent before God.  But man chose to sin by disobeying God and therefore was alienated from his Creator and came under divine condemnation.   Thus all human beings are born with a corrupted nature and without spiritual life, and are totally incapable of pleasing God in and of themselves.

Genesis 1:27;  Psalms 8:3-6;  Isaiah 53:6;  Romans 3:23;  Isaiah 59:1-2

4. Jesus Christ

God the Father, by His own choice and out of love for sinful men and women, sent Jesus Christ into the world to reconcile sinners to Himself.  Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin.  He is God in the flesh, both true God and true man.

Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and voluntarily suffered and died as our substitute to pay the penalty for our sins, thus satisfying God’s justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.  He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died.  He bodily ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, makes intercession for His own.  He will return to earth personally, visibly and bodily to judge all men and establish His Kingdom.

Matthew 1:22-23;  Isaiah 9:6;  John 1:1-5, 14:10-30;  Hebrews 4:14-15;  1 Corinthians 15:3-4;  Romans 1:3-4;  Acts 1:9-11;  2 Timothy 6:14-15;  Titus 2:13

5. Salvation

Men and women are freed from the penalty for their sins not as a result, in whole or in part, of their own works, goodness or religious ceremony, but by the undeserved favor of God alone.  God declares righteous all who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation.

Romans 6:23;  Ephesians 2:8-9;  John 14:6, 1:12;  Titus 3:5;  Galatians 3:26;  Romans 5:1

6. Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ, to convict men and women of their sins and to impart new life to all who place their faith in Christ.  He empowers them to live a life pleasing to God.

2 Corinthians 3:17;  John 16:7-13, 14:16-17;  Acts 1:8;  2 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16;  Ephesians 1:13;  Galatians 5:25;  Ephesians 5:18

7. The Resurrection of the Dead

At physical death, the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his or her own body to everlasting glory and blessing.  At physical death, the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his or her body to everlasting suffering, judgment and condemnation.

      John 3:16;  1 John 2:25;  5:11-13;  Romans 6:23;  Revelation 20:15

8. Baptism and Lord’s Supper

Jesus Christ has instructed those who believe in Him to be baptized in water as a symbol of their new birth in Christ.  Baptism is only for those who have personally believed in Christ.  The Lord also instituted the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of His suffering, death and resurrection.  Neither baptism nor the Lord’s Supper has any merit in helping a person obtain eternal life.

Matthew 28:18-20;  Mark 1:9-10;  Colossians 2:12/ 1 Corinthians 11:17-34;  Matthew 26:26-30

9. The Church

All true believers make up the church worldwide and should assemble together in local churches - for worship, prayer, fellowship, and teaching... to become conformed to the image of Christ and to become equipped to carry out the “Great Commission” that Christ gave His followers in Matthew 28:18-20.

Matthew 16:18, 28:18-20,  Ephesians 2:19;  Romans 12:4-5;  1 Peter 3:8, 4:17;  Galatians 6:10;  Hebrews 2:10-12

Lifestyle Commitments

  1. We believe that the Bible, God’s written word, is the ultimate guide for our values, attitudes, and behaviors.
  2. We seek spiritual maturity by maintaining a personal devotional life, partici­pating in worship and prayer with others, and being involved in the life and ministry of a local church.
  3. We seek to be involved in ministering to social and spiritual needs both within and beyond our communities.
  4. We seek to respect the uniqueness of all people, including our differences in race, sex, ethnicity, and talents, for each bears God’s image.
  5. We encourage cultivation of the attitudes and behaviors of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
  6. We renounce unbiblical attitudes, including greed; jealousy; false pride; lust; covetousness; an unforgiving spirit; and unjust prejudice such as that based on race, sex, ethnicity, appearance, disability, or socio-economic status.
  7. We renounce unbiblical behaviors, including deception, malicious speech, drunkenness, drug abuse, stealing, cheating, and other immoral conduct such as using pornography, engaging in sexual relations other than within a mar­riage between one biological man and one biological woman, and divorcing one’s spouse without the Biblical grounds of infidelity or abandonment.
  8. We acknowledge that every person has engaged in attitudes and behaviors that fall short of God’s standards, and we rejoice in God’s forgiveness to all repentant believers.
  9. We acknowledge the Biblical mandate to treat all persons with love and re­spect, even if we disagree over these values, attitudes, and behaviors.
  10. We intend to follow, when conflict arises or shortfalls in attitudes or beha­viors occur, a Biblical process for correction, repentance, forgiveness, recon­ciliation, and restoration.