God, in the book of Deuteronomy, tells us, “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)
Through inspiration, Solomon states, “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
Christ tells his followers “Feed my lambs” in I John 21:15.
Paul, in Ephesians 6:4, states, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.”
Training children in the Word is primarily the duty of parents. To help parents, Christ Lutheran Congregation has established a Christian Elementary School. It does not exist in opposition to public schools, but it seeks to provide Christ-centered education that the public school is unable to supply.
Christ Lutheran School began in September of 1976 and presently serves Pre-K through 8th Grade. It is part of the ministry and mission and is maintained and supported by Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Control and supervision of the school is exercised by the voting membership through its Church Council and the appointed LESC.
The Christian education program of Christ Lutheran School strives to provide faithfully for the complete welfare of each child and to guide him/her in the maximum development of his/her spiritual, mental, and physical abilities. Parents and teachers must work together in their common goal of training God’s children to walk in his ways. The objectives of the school are as follows:
- To help each child grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior through the diligent teaching of God’s Word.
- To provide for the temporal and spiritual welfare of the child by means of complete Scriptural education, as well as teaching all secular subjects from the Christian viewpoint.
- To teach children to use their time, talents, and treasures to glorify God by living lives of faithful service.
- To provide children with a rich devotional life and Christian school community in which God’s Word reigns supreme.
- To strengthen the Christian home and congregation, teach Christian citizenship, and promote love for our country.
- To equip children to carry out the God-given responsibility of making disciples of all nations.
What We Believe
The Bible is the true word of God. It clearly teaches all we need to know in order to obtain our eternal life. The Holy Spirit uses the Word of God to give and strengthen Christian faith; therefore, we want to hear, learn, and believe its message. (2 Peter 1:21, I Corinthians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:16, John 10:35, Luke 11:28, John 5:39, Rom. 10:17)
There is only one true God. In the Bible, God reveals himself as three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is why he is called “Triune.” These three persons in one God are all God. They are equal in power, glory, and in every quality. To deny or ignore one person is to deny all of them. It is God who created, redeemed, and sanctified us. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 5:23, Genesis 1:1, I John 2:2, Romans 15:13)
At the beginning of time, God created heaven and earth and all creatures. He did this in six days—he spoke his almighty word to create all things. He made everything out of nothing. Man and woman are God’s special creation. (Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:31, Exodus 20:11, Psalm 33: 6 & 9, Psalm 124:8, Mark 10:6, Hebrews 11:3)
The first man and woman, Adam and Eve, lost the image of God when they gave in to the temptation of Satan and disobeyed God’s command. This brought on them the judgment of God. Since that time all people are conceived and born in sin, desire to do what is evil, and are dead spiritually. Therefore, we are unable to reconcile ourselves to God by our own efforts and deeds. (Genesis 2:17, Psalm 51:5, Ephesians 2:1, John 3:6, Psalm 5:4, Romans 5:12, I John 3:4, Romans 8: 7 & 8)
The message of the gospel is the good news that a loving God sent Jesus Christ to take away the sins of all people. The gospel freely offers to all sinners the righteousness that is found in Jesus. God offers and gives eternal life and salvation to all those who believe in the gospel promises. (John 1:17, Romans 1:16, John 3:16, Colossians 2:13, Luke 2: 10 & 11, Ezekiel 33:11)
Jesus Christ is the Savior of everyone. He is the eternal Son of God, equal to the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is also the son of the Virgin Mary. He became man to redeem all people. Taking our place, he lived a perfect life keeping the law of God for us. He also died as our innocent substitute on the cross to pay a price sufficient for everyone’s sin. After rising from the dead, Jesus ascended into heaven. On the Last Day he will judge all the people who are still living and those whom he will raise from the dead. (I John 5:20, Matthew 1:23, Ephesians 1:7, Galatians 3:13, Hebrews 4:15, Romans 1:4, Acts 10:42)
God judged all sinners righteous in his sight when Jesus Christ died on the cross for us. God declared everyone free from the guilt and punishment owed for our sins. The sinner receives this free gift of forgiveness, not by doing good deeds, but only by faith. A person is justified when he or she believes in Christ and his redemptive work. It is a gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8 & 9, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Romans 3:22-24, Romans 3:28, Romans 4:5, Mark 16:16)
Baptism is a holy act instituted by God. Using water and God’s Word, it offers and gives the forgiveness of sins, spiritual life, and eternal salvation. It is meant for young and old, including children. Infants are also sinful and therefore need the spiritual rebirth brought through baptism. (Matthew 28:19, John 3:5 & 6, Titus 3:5, Mark 10:14, Acts 22:16, Mark 16:16)
Holy Communion is a holy act instituted by Christ. Together with bread and wine we receive Jesus’ true body and blood. In this special meal, Jesus gives the forgiveness of sins, strengthens our faith, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe. (Matthew 26: 26-28, I Corinthians 10:16, I Corinthians 11:27 & 28, I Corinthians 10:17)
The Christian, empowered and guided by the Holy Spirit, will conform his/her life to the Word and will of God out of love and thanks to God for salvation and all blessings, and to witness his/her faith to others. (I Thessalonians. 4:7, Gal. 5:16, I Corinthians. 10:31, I Peter 2: 9-10)
Human life is the gift of a gracious God. Our life is a time of grace during which we have opportunity to learn the way of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Only God has the right to take the life he has given. Life begins at conception and ends when the soul leaves the body. (Acts 17:25,26; Isaiah 55:6; 2 Corinthians 6:1,2; Psalm 31:15; Exodus 20:13; Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5)
Marriage is the union of one man and one woman. It is a partnership in which the man is the loving head. Marriage is established by God. It is a holy relationship not to be broken. A married person sins if he or she divorces without a biblical reason. Before God, no divorce is valid except in cases of fornication or desertion. The tendency to consider marriage a
unimportant results in great harm to the family, the church, and the nation. (Genesis 2:18; Ephesians 5:24,25; Hebrews 13:4; Matthew 19:9; 1 Corinthians 7:15; Psalm 51:10)
Every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Colossians 3:12-14.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be renounced and are not in accord with Scripture or the doctrines of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and Christ Lutheran School.
God created human sexuality and gender at creation when he tells us that “male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). These two distinct, complementary genders together are God’s design for the crown of his creation as they relate to one another in matters dealing with human sexuality, marriage and gender. (Genesis 1:26-27) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of God’s creative action and design for the individual. (Psalm 139:13-14; Jeremiah 1:5)
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) We believe that any form of intimate sexual activity outside of God’s prescribed marriage bond is sinful and offensive to God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Hebrews 13:4)
God forgives all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-20; 1 John 1:9)
If you would like more information regarding what we believe, please refer to the website of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod at www.wels.net.